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A Resource-Efficient Planning for Pressure Ulcer Prevention.
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PMID:  22922729     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Pressure ulcer is a critical problem for bed-ridden and wheelchair-bound patients, diabetics, and the elderly. Patients need to be regularly repositioned to prevent excessive pressure on a single area of body, which can lead to ulcers. Pressure ulcers are extremely costly to treat and may lead to several other health problems, including death. The current standard for prevention is to reposition at-risk patients every two hours. Even if it is done properly, a fixed schedule is not sufficient to prevent all ulcers. Moreover, it may result in nurses being overworked by turning some patients too frequently. In this paper, we present an algorithm for finding a nurse-effort optimal repositioning schedule that prevents pressure ulcer formation for a finite planning horizon. Our proposed algorithm uses data from a commercial pressure mat assembled on the beds surface and provides a sequence of next positions and the time of repositioning for each patient.
S Ostadabbas; R Yousefi; M Nourani; M Faezipour; L Tamil; M Pompeo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  IEEE transactions on information technology in biomedicine : a publication of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1558-0032     ISO Abbreviation:  IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712259     Medline TA:  IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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