Repositioning patients regularly to prevent pressure
ulcers and reduce interface pressures is the standard
of care. This study examined how effective patient
repositioning is at unloading pressure around the buttocks
area of bedridden patients. The results showed
that at-risk patients have skin areas that are likely always
at risk throughout their hospital stay despite repositioning.
Healthcare providers are unaware of the
tissue-relieving effectiveness of their repositioning
technique, which may partially explain why pressure
ulcer prevention methods are not always successful.
Repositioning does help relieve at-risk tissue and is
a necessary part of pressure ulcer prevention, but the
repositioning practice could be improved.
Volume 50 Number 4, 2013
Pages 477 — 488
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