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Research Article

How elderly patients with femoral fracture develop pressure sores in hospital.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 292 doi: (Published 17 May 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;292:1311
  1. M Versluysen


    The routine hospital management of 100 consecutive elderly patients was studied to determine the reason for the high incidence of pressure sores among patients admitted to hospital for femoral fractures. Of these patients, 66 developed sores, 83% occurring by the fifth day in hospital. This was due to the long periods that patients were immobilised on high pressure surfaces in the casualty department, wards, and theatres before repair of the fracture and restoration of their weight bearing function. Sores are not simply a ward or nursing problem, but an unintended consequence of hospital treatment. To reduce the incidence of sores elderly patients should be treated on low pressure patient support systems from the point of entry to hospital until mobility is restored.