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[Summary of 'Decubitus' guideline of the Dutch College of Family Practitioners].

Authors
  • Kolnaar, B G
  • Chel, V G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2000
Volume
144
Issue
14
Pages
646–649
Identifiers
PMID: 10774291
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The guideline 'Decubitus' published by the Dutch College of General Practitioners contains guidelines with instructions for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pressure ulcers in primary care. The classification used for severity is: redness of the skin, superficial damage, superficial ulcer, deep ulcer. This classification follows the one used internationally and the one in the consensus of the Dutch Institute for Health Care Improvement CBO. For each patient who becomes (totally or partly) immobile measures to prevent pressure ulcers are necessary, with emphasis on minimizing pressure and shearing forces acting upon the skin. After a pressure ulcer has developed these measures remain important. Guidelines for treatment are given for each level of severity of the pressure ulcer; the main aim is to keep the ulcer moist, to remove necrosis and exudate and to treat infection.

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