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A comparative analysis of pressure sore treatment modalities in community settings

N. Small, M. Mulder, M.J. Mackenzie, M. Nel
Curationis | Vol 25, No 1 | a720 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v25i1.720 | © 2002 N. Small, M. Mulder, M.J. Mackenzie, M. Nel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2002 | Published: 27 September 2002

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N. Small,, South Africa
M. Mulder,, South Africa
M.J. Mackenzie,, South Africa
M. Nel,, South Africa

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Abstract

The management of pressure sores in community settings, poses a clinical problem which challenges the patient’s tolerance and the clinician’s diligence and ingenuity. Pressure sores can be painful, lead to infection and are associated with considerable morbidity and increased mortality (Patterson & Bennett, 1995:919; Bale, Banks, Hagelstein & Harding, 1998:65). Treatment costs of these wounds are high in terms of resources (Colin 1995:65; Wood, Griffiths & Stoner, 1997:256). However, since there are untold cost in terms of pain and suffering to the patient, it is impossible to calculate the true cost of pressure sores (Dealey, 1994:87).

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