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Measuring interface pressure and temperature in the operating room.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22517229     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: There is a high incidence of pressure ulcers (PrUs) during long hours of surgery. Interface pressure and temperature are considered risk factors for PrU development.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine a methodology to measure interface pressure and temperature during long hours of surgery consistently.
SAMPLE: Five patients undergoing liver transplants were recruited from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
METHODS AND OUTCOMES: Interface pressure and temperature were measured with pressure mapping and temperature mapping for the duration of the surgery. After the surgery, an 8-hour skin check over 48 hours was performed.
RESULTS: Pressure mapping and temperature mapping are appropriate to quantify interface pressure and temperature during surgery.
CONCLUSION: This study shows that measuring interface pressure and temperature using pressure and temperature mats is feasible. Further studies are necessary in order to validate the methodology in other types of surgery.
Ana Luiza Allegretti; Andrew Malkiewicz; David M Brienza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in skin & wound care     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1538-8654     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Skin Wound Care     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-20     Completed Date:  2012-08-16     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100911021     Medline TA:  Adv Skin Wound Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  226-30     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Intraoperative Complications / physiopathology*
Liver Transplantation / instrumentation*
Middle Aged
Operating Rooms / methods*
Pressure / adverse effects*
Pressure Ulcer / etiology,  prevention & control*
Risk Factors
Skin / injuries
Surgical Equipment*

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