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Support surfaces for pressure ulcer prevention

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, September 2015
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Title
Support surfaces for pressure ulcer prevention
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, September 2015
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd001735.pub5
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Elizabeth McInnes, Asmara Jammali‐Blasi, Sally EM Bell‐Syer, Jo C Dumville, Victoria Middleton, Nicky Cullum

Abstract

Pressure ulcers (i.e. bedsores, pressure sores, pressure injuries, decubitus ulcers) are areas of localised damage to the skin and underlying tissue. They are common in the elderly and immobile, and costly in financial and human terms. Pressure-relieving support surfaces (i.e. beds, mattresses, seat cushions etc) are used to help prevent ulcer development. This systematic review seeks to establish:(1) the extent to which pressure-relieving support surfaces reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers compared with standard support surfaces, and,(2) their comparative effectiveness in ulcer prevention. In April 2015, for this fourth update we searched The Cochrane Wounds Group Specialised Register (searched 15 April 2015) which includes the results of regular searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL and The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2015, Issue 3). Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-randomised trials, published or unpublished, that assessed the effects of any support surface for prevention of pressure ulcers, in any patient group or setting which measured pressure ulcer incidence. Trials reporting only proxy outcomes (e.g. interface pressure) were excluded. Two review authors independently selected trials. Data were extracted by one review author and checked by another. Where appropriate, estimates from similar trials were pooled for meta-analysis. For this fourth update six new trials were included, bringing the total of included trials to 59.Foam alternatives to standard hospital foam mattresses reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers in people at risk (RR 0.40 95% CI 0.21 to 0.74). The relative merits of alternating- and constant low-pressure devices are unclear. One high-quality trial suggested that alternating-pressure mattresses may be more cost effective than alternating-pressure overlays in a UK context.Pressure-relieving overlays on the operating table reduce postoperative pressure ulcer incidence, although two trials indicated that foam overlays caused adverse skin changes. Meta-analysis of three trials suggest that Australian standard medical sheepskins prevent pressure ulcers (RR 0.56 95% CI 0.32 to 0.97).  AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: People at high risk of developing pressure ulcers should use higher-specification foam mattresses rather than standard hospital foam mattresses. The relative merits of higher-specification constant low-pressure and alternating-pressure support surfaces for preventing pressure ulcers are unclear, but alternating-pressure mattresses may be more cost effective than alternating-pressure overlays in a UK context. Medical grade sheepskins are associated with a decrease in pressure ulcer development. Organisations might consider the use of some forms of pressure relief for high risk patients in the operating theatre.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Unknown 868 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 122 14%
Student > Master 118 13%
Researcher 88 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 63 7%
Student > Postgraduate 55 6%
Other 177 20%
Unknown 254 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 224 26%
Nursing and Health Professions 191 22%
Engineering 49 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 18 2%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 18 2%
Other 102 12%
Unknown 275 31%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 43. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 February 2021.
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#966,997
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Outputs from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#1,909
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#13,028
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Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#49
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