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Pressure induced skin and soft tissue injury in the emergency department
  1. Julia Gamston
  1. Emergency Department, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Julia Gamston, Emergency Department, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London W2 1NY, UK; juliagamston{at}


The incidence of pressure ulcers or injuries is a global healthcare issue and in the top six most common adverse events in healthcare. Pressure injuries also are symptomatic of wider system failure and poor care. Recognition of these injuries and prevention strategies must start in the emergency department. This article will detail best practice in relation to both assessment of these injuries and their prevention in the emergency department.

  • emergency department
  • Iatrogenesis
  • quality
  • safety

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Correction notice Since this paper was first published online, the provenance and peer review statement has been updated to commissioned instead of not commissioned.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.