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Evaluating the pressure-reducing capabilities of the gel pad in supine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20092110     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Gel pads are commonly used by occupational therapists in acute care settings to reduce pressure on the coccyx and sacrum in supine. The purpose of this study was to determine the pressure-reducing capabilities of gel pads used in supine and the resultant potential impact on pressure ulcer management.
METHOD: A pressure-mapping system was used to measure interface pressures between the participant's buttocks and the mattress, with and without the gel pad. RESULTS. The gel pad did not have a significant effect on interface pressure for most participants. No obvious clinical indicators were identified.
CONCLUSION: Use of the gel pad is not recommended to decrease pressure in supine. Because potential adverse effects may result from using the gel pad in supine and no clinical indicators were identified to direct practice, use of the gel pad in supine is not recommended as an intervention for decreasing interface pressure.
Sarah Thorne; Katrine Sauvé; Christine Yacoub; Paulette Guitard
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0272-9490     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Occup Ther     Publication Date:    2009 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-22     Completed Date:  2010-02-17     Revised Date:  2012-08-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705978     Medline TA:  Am J Occup Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  744-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Southlake Regional Health Centre, 893 Dales Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y5Z6, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Body Weights and Measures
Cross-Over Studies
Occupational Therapy / methods*
Pressure / adverse effects
Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
Supine Position*
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Erratum In:
Am J Occup Ther. 2010 Mar-Apr;64(2):210

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