Pressure ulcers and prognosis: Candid conversations about healing and death

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Patients face the unwelcome diagnosis of pressure ulcers in hospitals and nursing homes around the world. Health care providers impart advice not only about treatment but also about prognosis and expectations. Accurate and informative prognosis at the initial consultation provides a framework for realistic patient expectations about wound healing and potential mortality. Many factors contribute to the prognosis in this multi-component equation. These factors include advancing age, the size and stage of the pressure ulcer, the current nutritional situation, and the chronic disease burden the patient suffers. Patients with pressure ulcers are often frail, resulting in 6-month mortality rates that are often high in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalGeriatrics
Volume63
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008

Fingerprint

Pressure Ulcer
Mortality
Nursing Homes
Health Personnel
Wound Healing
Chronic Disease
Referral and Consultation
Population
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Debridement
  • Devitalized tissue
  • Elderly
  • Mortality
  • Necrotic material
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Wound characteristics
  • Wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

Cite this

Pressure ulcers and prognosis : Candid conversations about healing and death. / Takahashi, Paul Y.

In: Geriatrics, Vol. 63, No. 11, 11.2008, p. 6-9.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{20b09bd913524a0389a687c50db40a72,
title = "Pressure ulcers and prognosis: Candid conversations about healing and death",
abstract = "Patients face the unwelcome diagnosis of pressure ulcers in hospitals and nursing homes around the world. Health care providers impart advice not only about treatment but also about prognosis and expectations. Accurate and informative prognosis at the initial consultation provides a framework for realistic patient expectations about wound healing and potential mortality. Many factors contribute to the prognosis in this multi-component equation. These factors include advancing age, the size and stage of the pressure ulcer, the current nutritional situation, and the chronic disease burden the patient suffers. Patients with pressure ulcers are often frail, resulting in 6-month mortality rates that are often high in this population.",
keywords = "Debridement, Devitalized tissue, Elderly, Mortality, Necrotic material, Osteomyelitis, Pressure ulcers, Wound characteristics, Wound healing",
author = "Takahashi, {Paul Y}",
year = "2008",
month = "11",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "63",
pages = "6--9",
journal = "Geriatrics",
issn = "0016-867X",
publisher = "Advanstar Communications",
number = "11",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Pressure ulcers and prognosis

T2 - Candid conversations about healing and death

AU - Takahashi, Paul Y

PY - 2008/11

Y1 - 2008/11

N2 - Patients face the unwelcome diagnosis of pressure ulcers in hospitals and nursing homes around the world. Health care providers impart advice not only about treatment but also about prognosis and expectations. Accurate and informative prognosis at the initial consultation provides a framework for realistic patient expectations about wound healing and potential mortality. Many factors contribute to the prognosis in this multi-component equation. These factors include advancing age, the size and stage of the pressure ulcer, the current nutritional situation, and the chronic disease burden the patient suffers. Patients with pressure ulcers are often frail, resulting in 6-month mortality rates that are often high in this population.

AB - Patients face the unwelcome diagnosis of pressure ulcers in hospitals and nursing homes around the world. Health care providers impart advice not only about treatment but also about prognosis and expectations. Accurate and informative prognosis at the initial consultation provides a framework for realistic patient expectations about wound healing and potential mortality. Many factors contribute to the prognosis in this multi-component equation. These factors include advancing age, the size and stage of the pressure ulcer, the current nutritional situation, and the chronic disease burden the patient suffers. Patients with pressure ulcers are often frail, resulting in 6-month mortality rates that are often high in this population.

KW - Debridement

KW - Devitalized tissue

KW - Elderly

KW - Mortality

KW - Necrotic material

KW - Osteomyelitis

KW - Pressure ulcers

KW - Wound characteristics

KW - Wound healing

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=58149154975&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=58149154975&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 18998761

AN - SCOPUS:58149154975

VL - 63

SP - 6

EP - 9

JO - Geriatrics

JF - Geriatrics

SN - 0016-867X

IS - 11

ER -