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Topical negative pressure for pressure ulcer management.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11979189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of negative pressure therapy has been reported previously in a variety of care settings, but not in spinal cord-injured (SCI) patients. These individuals are at greatly increased risk of pressure ulcer development because of many factors associated with their neurological deficit and the incidence of pressure ulcers is high among them. This small case series employed objective measures to evaluate the effectiveness of negative pressure therapy when used to prepare pressure ulcers for surgical closure. The treated wounds demonstrated increased granulation tissue development and reduced wound colonization, and the reduced frequency of dressing changes compared with other treatment options may reduce the nursing workload. These case studies highlight the benefits of negative pressure therapy to SCI patients and emphasise the need for further work to compare the technique with other treatment options and determine the optimal application parameters of negative therapy in this patient group.
Maureen Coggrave; Hester West; Bridget Leonard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0966-0461     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Nurs     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-29     Completed Date:  2002-08-19     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9212059     Medline TA:  Br J Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S29-36     Citation Subset:  N    
Spinal Outpatient Department, National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Pressure Ulcer / nursing*
Spinal Cord Injuries / nursing*
Suction* / nursing*
Treatment Outcome

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