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Taking the pressure off in the Emergency Department: evaluation of the prophylactic application of a low shear, soft silicon sacral dressing on high risk medical patients.
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PMID:  22672730     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Pressure injuries are key clinical indicators of care standard. In Australia, pressure injuries increase length of hospital stay by 4·31 and cost $285 million annually. This pilot study examined the effectiveness of sacral dressing in reducing the prevalence of pressure injuries in older, high-risk patients. A non randomised one-sample experimental design was used in this study comprising of four phases. Of the 51 patients recruited to the study, one patient developed a sacral pressure injury compared to six patients identified in a known group with similar demographics who were not approached to participate in the study. The results indicated that patients in the known group were 5·4 times more likely to develop a pressure injury than the intervention group. Findings suggest that applying a protective sacral dressing with a low shear backing as part of a simple standardised prevention injury prevention regime commencing in the Emergency Department was beneficial in the prevention of pressure injury in older 'at high risk' medical patients.
Katrina Cubit; Bernadette McNally; Violeta Lopez
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-5
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Title:  International wound journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1742-481X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101230907     Medline TA:  Int Wound J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. International Wound Journal © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Inc.
K Cubit, RN, BN (Hons), PhD, MRCNA, Learning and Development Unit, Calvary Health Care ACT, Bruce, Australia B McNally, RN, Dip. HSc., BN, Grad Cert STN, Grad Dip Nsg (Community Nursing), MEd&Wk, MNurs (Adv Pract), Clinical Nurse Consultant, Wound Management and Quality Support, Calvary Health Care ACT, Bruce, Australia V Lopez, RN, MNA, MPET, PhD, FRCNA, Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, Australian National University, Medical School, Woden, Australia.
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