Matching patient need for pressure sore prevention with the supply of pressure redistributing mattresses.

M. Clark, N. Cullum

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    Abstract

    The authors have conducted a series of pressure sore prevalence surveys within one health district over a 4-year period. Additional surveys of the availability and deployment of pressure redistributing (PR) bed mattresses have also been made within the same district. The prevalence of pressure sores increased from 6.8% (1986) to 14.2% (1989) while the available stocks of PR mattresses increased from 69 (1987) to 186 (1989). Our results appear to question the common assumption that successful pressure sore prevention can be achieved through expanding the stocks of PR mattresses. Five possible reasons why the increase in mattress provision was matched with an increased prevalence of pressure sores are forwarded. The use of measures of prevalence rather than incidence rates to monitor the effects of clinical initiatives is discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)310-316
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
    Volume17
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1992

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