The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients – Springer

One in six people in acute hospitals experience UPAR pain on ‘at risk’ or PU skin sites; one in every 8 people without PUs and, more than 2 out of every five people with PUs. The results provide a clear indication that all patients should be asked if they have pain at pressure areas even when they do not have a PU.

via The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients – Springer.

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Multidimensional Team-Based Intervention Using Musical Cues to Reduce Odds of Facility-Acquired Pressure Ulcers in Long-Term Care: A Paired Randomized Intervention Study – Yap – 2013 – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society – Wiley Online Library

Customized musical cues that prompt multidisciplinary staff teams to encourage or enable movement of all residents hold promise for reducing facility-acquired PUs in LTC settings.

via Multidimensional Team-Based Intervention Using Musical Cues to Reduce Odds of Facility-Acquired Pressure Ulcers in Long-Term Care: A Paired Randomized Intervention Study – Yap – 2013 – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society – Wiley Online Library.

Protein change explains why pressure ulcers are ‘not entirely preventable’ among seniors, researchers say – McKnight’s Long Term Care News

A team from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine developed a first-of-its-kind mechanical pressure model to test skin samples from younger people (ages 29-35) and older people (ages 54-60).

via Protein change explains why pressure ulcers are ‘not entirely preventable’ among seniors, researchers say – McKnight’s Long Term Care News.

Assessing quality of life in patients with hard-to-heal ulcers using the EQ-5D questionnaire

This study confirms that HRQoL was improved after ulcer healing. Pain, as one of the five constructs measured by the EQ-5D, was significantly associated with open ulcers. The results from the EQ-5D questionnaire were hard to interpret in terms of capturing HRQoL in this unselected patient population. Despite some limitations, we consider that the simplicity of EQ-5D could make it feasible to use in the clinical setting. However, the results from EQ-5D did not add consistent information to RUT; therefore, this questionnaire will not be included in the registry.

via Assessing quality of life in patients with hard-to-heal ulcers using the EQ-5D questionnaire.

Evaluation of a non-adherent, povidone-iodine dressing in a case series of chronic wounds

Here we report a product evaluation for a non-adherent, povidone-iodine (PVP-I) dressing, determining the clinical need for the product, performing a literature review, clinical evaluation and cost-analysis, and developing a recommendation.

via Evaluation of a non-adherent, povidone-iodine dressing in a case series of chronic wounds.

The effectiveness of three types of alternating pressure air mattresses in the prevention of pressure ulcers in Belgian hospitals – Demarré – 2013 – Research in Nursing & Health – Wiley Online Library

Cumulative pressure ulcer incidence was 4.9% (n = 30) over 14 days. Fewer ulcers developed on multi-stage ALPAM compared with APAM overlay (OR = 0.33; 95% CI [0.11, 0.97]), but no difference was found between one-stage ALPAM and APAM overlay (OR = 0.40; 95% CI [0.14, 1.10]). Time to develop ulcers did not differ by mattress type

via The effectiveness of three types of alternating pressure air mattresses in the prevention of pressure ulcers in Belgian hospitals – Demarré – 2013 – Research in Nursing & Health – Wiley Online Library.

Bedsores More Common Than Thought for Hospitalized Kids: MedlinePlus

Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that at least 10 percent of children admitted to the hospital developed bedsores, also called pressure ulcers. That rate is more than twice as high as was thought to occur in youngsters.

via Bedsores More Common Than Thought for Hospitalized Kids: MedlinePlus.

Prevention of pressure ulcers after pediatric tracheotomy using a Mepilex Ag dressing – Kuo – 2013 – The Laryngoscope – Wiley Online Library

The use of Mepilex Ag after pediatric tracheotomy reduces the occurrence of postoperative peristomal pressure ulcers.

via Prevention of pressure ulcers after pediatric tracheotomy using a Mepilex Ag dressing – Kuo – 2013 – The Laryngoscope – Wiley Online Library.

Access : A systematic review of risk factors for the development and recurrence of pressure ulcers in people with spinal cord injuries : Spinal Cord

We identified SCI-specific RFs for the development and recurrence of PUs. However, these findings are based on a small number of studies; highlighting the need for further confirmatory work to reduce PU development and recurrence, and provide a foundation for SCI risk assessment development.

via Access : A systematic review of risk factors for the development and recurrence of pressure ulcers in people with spinal cord injuries : Spinal Cord.

Annals of Internal Medicine | Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment and Prevention: A Systematic Comparative Effectiveness Review

More advanced static support surfaces are more effective than standard mattresses for preventing ulcers in higher-risk populations. The effectiveness of formal risk assessment instruments and associated intervention protocols compared with less standardized assessment methods and the effectiveness of other preventive interventions compared with usual care have not been clearly established.

via Annals of Internal Medicine | Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment and Prevention: A Systematic Comparative Effectiveness Review.