Support surfaces for pressure ulcer prevention

McInnes, Elizabeth, Jammali-Blasi, Asmara, Bell-Syer, Sally E. M., Dumville, Jo C. and Cullum, Nicky (2011) Support surfaces for pressure ulcer prevention. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4: . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001735.pub4

Author McInnes, Elizabeth
Jammali-Blasi, Asmara
Bell-Syer, Sally E. M.
Dumville, Jo C.
Cullum, Nicky
Title Support surfaces for pressure ulcer prevention
Journal name Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-493X
Publication date 2011-04-13
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD001735.pub4
Open Access Status
Issue 4
Total pages 130
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract Pressure ulcers (also called bed sores and pressure sores) are ulcers on the skin caused by pressure or rubbing at the weight-bearing, bony points of immobilised people (such as hips, heels and elbows). Different support surfaces (e.g. beds, mattresses, mattress overlays and cushions) aim to relieve pressure, and are used to cushion vulnerable parts of the body and distribute the surface pressure more evenly. The review found that people lying on ordinary foam mattresses are more likely to get pressure ulcers than those lying on a higher-specification foam mattress. In addition the review also found that people who used sheepskin overlays on their mattress developed fewer pressure ulcers. While alternating-pressure mattresses may be more cost effective than alternating-pressure overlays, the evidence base regarding the merits of higher-specification constant low-pressure and alternating-pressure support surfaces for preventing pressure ulcers is unclear. Rigorous research comparing different support surfaces is needed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article number CD001735.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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