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Drug-related pressure ulcers: a new concept and assessment procedure for clinical pharmacists
  1. Fumihiro Mizokami1,2,
  2. Zenzo Isogai3
  1. 1Department of Pharmacy, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Obu, Japan
  2. 2Department of Education and Innovation, Training for Pharmacy, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Obu, Japan
  3. 3Department of Dermatology and Advanced Medicine, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Obu, Aichi, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fumihiro Mizokami, Department of Pharmacy, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Obu, Japan; mizokami{at}ncgg.go.jp

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The prevention and management of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) is critically important in clinical pharmacy. Pharmaceutical management in older adults can be particularly challenging, owing to higher rates of comorbidities, polypharmacy, impaired drug metabolism and organ dysfunction associated with advanced age. Therefore, these aspects of geriatric healthcare should be given special consideration in the management of older patients.

Pressure ulcers (PUs) are a common injury in older adults and are defined as ischaemic changes in the skin and subcutaneous tissue that form over bony prominences. Historically, pharmacists have not played a key role in the prevention of PUs, given that the primary risk factor for the development of PUs is prolonged bedrest, which does …

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  • Funding This work was supported by research funding for longevity sciences (22–14) from the National Centre for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG), Japan, and a research grant from the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.