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Pressure ulcer risk of patient handling sling use

Matthew J. Peterson, PhD, et al.

Patient handling slings reduce the risk of injury for healthcare providers. However, no evidence exists of their safety with respect to pressure ulcers for vulnerable populations, specifically persons with spinal cord injury. Pressure mapping was used to evaluate various slings and to identify at-risk tissue areas. Pressures were greatest while suspended for all slings and highest along the sling seams (edges). The at-risk tissue areas while suspended in seated slings were the posterior upper and lower thighs and in supine slings, the sitting area tissues. The amount of time spent in or on slings, especially while suspended, should be limited.

Volume 52 Number 3, 2015
   Pages 291 — 300

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Peterson MJ, Kahn JA, Kerrigan MV, Gutmann JM, Harrow JJ. Pressure ulcer risk of patient handling sling use. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(3):291???300.
ResearcherID: Matthew J. Peterson, PhD: E-8797-2015; Julie A. Kahn, MS: E-7886-2015; Jeffrey J. Harrow, MD, PhD: E-7878-2015

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