Pressure ulcers (Decubitus)

Pressure ulcers (Decubitus)

Localized areas of necrotic soft tissue that occur when pressure applied to the skin over time are greater than normal capillary closure pressure, which is about 32 mm Hg. Critically ill patients have a lower capillary closure pressure and a greater risk of pressure ulcers. Brunner & Suddarth, 2010