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A retrospective study to determine the incidence of pressure ulcers in burn patients using an alternating pressure mattress.
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PMID:  12880737     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In immobilized patients, unrelieved pressure can create decubitus ulcers over bony prominences. Those burn patients who require prolonged bed rest, are prone to the development of such problems. Various methods of reducing pressure on these areas, including frequent turning and the use of air fluidized and low air loss beds, have been adopted to attempt to prevent the development of this complication. The Pegasus Renaissance alternating pressure mattress is such a device, intended to reduce the incidence of decubitus ulcers. It was introduced at our burn unit and evaluated over a 29-month period. During the study period, 186 (13.4%) of 1390 acutely burned patients, believed to be at high risk for the development of decubiti, were placed on this mattress. Other patients were treated in the standard hospital bed. Care was otherwise the same. No decubitus ulcers developed in any of the patients treated on the Pegasus Renaissance mattress.
Joseph M Still; Joan Wilson; Connie Rinker; Edward Law; Beretta Craft-Coffman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Corrected and Republished Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0305-4179     ISO Abbreviation:  Burns     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-25     Completed Date:  2003-10-31     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  505-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Physicians' Multispecialty Group, Burn Center, Doctors Hospital Augusta, 1220 George C. Wilson Drive, P.O. Box 3726, Augusta, GA 30914-3726, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Beds / adverse effects*,  economics
Burns / complications*,  mortality
Hospital Costs
Middle Aged
Pressure Ulcer / epidemiology*,  etiology
Retrospective Studies
Corrected and Republished From:
Burns. 2003 Jun;29(4):363-5   [PMID:  12781615 ]

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