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Tissue-interface pressures on three different support-surfaces for trauma patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16023909     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare tissue-interface pressures on three different support-surfaces for trauma patients. The support-surfaces were a semi soft overlay mattress, a vacuum mattress and a spine board. Tissue-interface pressures were measured in a standardised way between the scapulae, the sacrum, the heels and the different support-surfaces in 20 healthy volunteers. Appreciation of comfort of the support-surface was assessed using a 10-point visual analog scale. High and potentially ischaemic interface pressures were found on all three support-surfaces, with the highest pressures (exceeding 170 mmHg) measured on the spine board. The spine board got the worst comfort score. It was also noted that no support was given to the normal lumbar lordosis by the spine board. There is a need for new support-surfaces for trauma patients, which reduce interface pressures and are comfortable.
B P J A Keller; P H W Lubbert; E Keller; L P H Leenen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Injury     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0020-1383     ISO Abbreviation:  Injury     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-18     Completed Date:  2005-11-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226040     Medline TA:  Injury     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  946-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, University Medical Centre Utrecht, P.O. Box 85500, 3508 GA Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Emergency Treatment / instrumentation*
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Wounds and Injuries / therapy*
Comment In:
Injury. 2006 Jul;37(7):673-4; author reply 674-5   [PMID:  16737700 ]

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