alexa The Importance of Academic Medical Education in Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Treatment and Management
ISSN: 2161-0711

Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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The Importance of Academic Medical Education in Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Treatment and Management

Rafaela R. Marques1 and Jayme Adriano Farina Jr2*

1Medical student, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Brazil

2Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery and Anatomy, Ribeirão Preto Medicine School, University of São Paulo, Brazil

*Corresponding Author:
Jayme Adriano Farina Jr
Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery
and Anatomy, Ribeirão Preto Medical School
University of São Paulo, Av Bandeirantes
3900, 9.oandar, Ribeirão Preto-SP, Brazil
Tel: 55-16-3602-2593
Fax: 55-16-3633-0836
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 11, 2016 Accepted date: February 28, 2016 Published date: February 28, 2016

Citation: Marques RR, Farina Jr (2016) Treatment and Management. J Community Med Health 6:402. doi:10.4172/2161-0711.1000402

Copyright: © 2016 Marques RR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Despite recent advances in health care, pressure ulcer-PrU still constitutes an important cause of morbidity and mortality and leads to relevant socioeconomic issues. The treatment of PrU is expensive and highly complex, so prevention plays a fundamental role in minimizing the occurrence and consequences of this disorder. To prevent and treat PrU effectively, health teams have to implement successful team work. Currently, prophylactic practices and the treatment of PrU are often delegated exclusively to health professionals other than physicians. It may culminate in higher prevalence of chronic PrUs and low solving of cases that require surgical procedures to promote wound healing more quickly, avoiding more serious complications. Few studies have been published raising the issue of the need to promote educational programs for physicians, especially in academic training for PrUs management. This article presents a narrative review of the literature on this problem and highlights the importance of this topic in academic medical education programs. Improved clinical practice demands educational measures that reinforce the need to have professionals with knowledge of PrU including graduation of medical schools. These measures should foster collaboration among health professionals and contribute to implementation of preventive actions and continuous treatment of more complex PrU.


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