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Impact of textiles on formation and prevention of skin lesions and bedsores.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18330831     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A bedsore or pressure ulcer is an area of localized damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by pressure, shear, friction, or a combination of these factors. In countries with a large geriatric population like Canada, this healthcare threat presents a significant risk to hospitalized patients, imposing huge cost on both treatment and care for patients. The role textiles play in the formation and prevention of pressure ulcers is understudied. The fact remains, textiles, such as clothing and bedding, have a considerable influence on factors, such as pressure, shear/friction, and skin hydration, which contribute to skin ulceration. Our work is a pilot study to investigate the role of textile products in the formation and prevention of bedsores. This study began with a survey study at a local long-term care facility, collecting information about incidences of bedsores and the physical conditions of residents. Information was also collected about the textile products that have been used by the residents. Correlations were established between these products and the incidence/severity of bedsores. Immobility of residents was determined to be a significant factor of causing skin lesions and pressure ulcers. Immobility of residents contributes to a prolonged interaction between skin and fabrics and might increase the chances of skin lesions or bedsores.
Wen Zhong; Ayyaz Ahmad; Malcolm Mq Xing; Pat Yamada; Carole Hamel
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cutaneous and ocular toxicology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1556-9535     ISO Abbreviation:  Cutan Ocul Toxicol     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-11     Completed Date:  2008-04-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101266892     Medline TA:  Cutan Ocul Toxicol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Textile Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Bedding and Linens / adverse effects*
Canada / epidemiology
Clothing / adverse effects*
Health Surveys
Homes for the Aged
Long-Term Care
Mobility Limitation
Pilot Projects
Pressure Ulcer / epidemiology,  etiology*,  physiopathology,  prevention & control*
Risk Factors
Textiles / adverse effects*

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