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A specially designed foam mattress replacement reduced pressure ulcers in nursing home residents

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To compare a foam mattress overlay with a foam mattress replacement for reducing pressure ulcers in newly admitted nursing home residents.


Randomised controlled trial.


A 250 bed teaching nursing home in Nebraska, USA.


492 patients who were newly admitted were screened and 40 patients (mean age 77 y, age range 22–98 y, 55% women) were enrolled. Inclusion criteria were expected stay ≥10 days, absence of pressure ulcers, and being at risk of pressure ulcer development defined as a Braden Scale score <18 with a subscale score of <3 in sensory perception (limited ability to feel or report pain), mobility (able to make only slight changes in position), or activity levels …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding although BG Industries loaned the study mattresses to the facility.

  • For article reprint: Dr N Bergstrom, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68022, USA. Fax +1 402 559 4303.