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Assessing evidence supporting redistribution of pressure for pressure ulcer prevention: A review

Stephen Sprigle, PhD, PT; Sharon Sonenblum, PhD


Figure 3. (a) Pelvic obliquity from sitting on sling seat and (b) posterior pelvictilt loads sacrum and coccyx.

Pressure ulcers are an unfortunate complication for many people with poor sensation or mobility. The formation of pressure ulcers is quite complex with multiple influencing factors. However, by definition, pressure ulcers cannot form without forces on tissue. Clinical interventions typically target the magnitude and/or duration of these forces. Magnitude is managed by the selection of mattresses and postural supports. Duration is addressed via turning and weight shifting frequency. This article presents evidence supporting these and other clinical interventions that are commonly used in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and the home.

Volume 48 Number 3, 2011
   Pages 203 — 214


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Sprigle S, Sonenblum S. Assessing evidence supporting redistribution of pressure for pressure ulcer prevention: A review.
J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(3):203-14.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.05.0102
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