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Are pressure ulcers an act of nursing negligence?

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Are pressure ulcers an act of nursing negligence?

Ayesha Clarkson
31 May 2007

This article discusses whether pressure ulcers formed while a patient is a resident in a nursing home can be considered an act of nursing negligence. It considers whether pressure ulcers are preventable and whether nurses can be held accountable for their formation. In the context of increasing legal action for negligence it recommends detailed record-keeping, using clinical guidelines and keeping up to date with current clinical thinking. An ethical framework is applied which includes a discussion of prima facie obligations.

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