Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are common following SCI, and healing can be compromised by suboptimal nutrition status. After a SCI, patients with pressure ulcers have lower zinc, albumin and prealbumin levels than those without pressure ulcers (Cruse et al. 2000a). Impaired nutritional status contributes to delayed or incomplete wound healing (Cruse et al. 2000b). Refer to the Pressure Ulcer Chapter for additional information regarding pressure ulcers in the SCI population.