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Patient repositioning and pressure ulcer risk—Monitoring interface pressures of at-risk patients

Matthew J. Peterson, PhD, et al.

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.03.0040

Volume 50 Number 4, 2013
   Pages 477 — 488


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Peterson MJ, Gravenstein N, Schwab WK, van Oostrom JH, Caruso LJ. Patient repositioning and pressure ulcer risk—Monitoring interface pressures of at-risk patients. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(4):477–88.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.03.0040
ResearcherID/ORCID: Johannes H. van Oostrom, PhD: B-1407-2008
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