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Bruises & Decubitus

Bruises & Decubitus – Oh The Stories they Tell!

Tara M Godoy, BSN RN CFN LNC
Cost: travel expenses appreciated


This presentation contains our Blunt Force Trauma Presentation and then goes into greater detail about pressure ulcers. It is designed to teach attorneys and investigators about various injuries that result from Blunt Force Trauma. Bruises/Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations and Avulsions are all discussed with definitions, examples and information on each wound. Dating of bruises is included as well is information on multiple injuries. Pressure ulcer prevention, assessment and staging are also discussed.


  1. Introduction
  2. Bruises/Contusions
    • Definition
    • Mechanism
    • Differentiate from Ecchymosis
    • Dating of Bruises
    • Case Study
  3. Abrasions
    • Definition
    • Mechanism
  4. Lacerations
    • Definition
    • Mechanism
    • Differentiate from Cut/Incision
  5. Avulsions
    • Definition
    • Mechanism
    • Types
  6. Multiple Injuries
    • One mechanism can cause multiple injury types
  7. Other Injuries – Patterned Injuries
    • Definition
    • Examples
    • Mechanism
  8. Other Injuries – Pressure Ulcers
    • Definition
    • Prevention
    • Assessment
    • Plan of Care
    • Staging