Statistics from Altmetric.com
Q What is the relative effectiveness of alternating pressure overlays and alternating pressure mattresses for preventing pressure ulcers in hospital patients with limited mobility?
randomised controlled trial.
Follow up period:
median 9 days (range 0–63).*
10 hospitals in the UK.
1972 patients ⩾55 years of age (mean age 75 y, 64% women) admitted to vascular, orthopaedic, medical, or elderly care wards in the previous 24 hours, with an expected hospital stay of ⩾7 days and limited activity and mobility (Braden scores of 1 or 2) or existing grade 2 pressure ulcer. Elective surgical patients were included if they were expected to have limited mobility for ⩾3 days postoperatively. Exclusion criteria included ⩾ grade 3 pressure ulcer, planned admission to intensive care ward after surgery, sleeping in a chair at night, and weight <45 kg or >140 kg.
alternating pressure overlay (n = 990) or alternating pressure mattress (n = 982) for duration of ward stay (⩽60 d) or until mobility improved to a Braden score of 3 or 4.
development of new pressure ulcers ⩾ grade 2, patient acceptability (proportion requesting a change in surface), and …
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.