A comprehensive review of risk factors related to the development of pressure ulcers

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Learning Outcomes. On completion of the article the reader should be able to: • Identify the risk factors for pressure development • Critically discuss the evidence related to pressure risk assessment • Evaluate the more common risk assessment scores Nmc* Categories. *From April 1st 2002 the United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC) for nurses, midwives and health visitors was replaced by the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) although PREP categories have remained the same. This article will enable the reader to address PREP categories: • Reducing risk • Care enhancement • Practice development • Education development Examples of how this may be achieved and possible evidence for the reader's professional profile are given throughout the article. Other ways to demonstrate your continuing professional development may be to: • Review the assessment tools you use in your practice for pressure sore risk assessment • Keep a copy of this article together with the notes you make whilst completing the reflection items in text. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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