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The development of a pressure ulcer is of great significance to the life-long rehabilitative management of the person with a spinal cord injury, and may indeed delay and repeatedly interfere with that process. That the period preceding admission to the specialized spinal injury unit is crucial with regard to pressure ulcer development is evident in the professional literature. Both anecdotal and empirical evidence indicates that a significant number of pressure ulcers occur as a result of management provided prior to admission, and that such ulcers are more likely to occur in those patients who have undergone a transfer process from a hospital distal to the specialist unit on a hard spinal board.
de Fréin, R. & Sheerin, F. (2007)The Occipital and Sacral Pressures Experienced by Healthy Volunteers Under Spinal Immobilization: A Trial of Three Surfaces, JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY NURSING, Volume: 33,Issue: Pages: 447-450, DOI: 10.1016/j.jen.2006.11.004