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J Tissue Viability. 2010 Feb;19(1):2-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jtv.2009.11.010. Epub 2010 Jan 22.

Laboratory measurement of the interface pressures applied by active therapy support surfaces: a consensus document.


A key element in pressure ulcer prevention and management is the selection of appropriate pressure redistributing (PR) patient support surfaces for use while seated and in bed. However little explicit guidance exists allowing standardised quantitative comparison of different PR surfaces based upon their ability to redistribute pressure from anatomical landmarks such as the heels and sacrum. In 2008 a working group was established in Europe through the US National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) support surface standardisation initiative (S3I) and under the aegis of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel with the specific remit of developing test methods for the evaluation of active therapy support surfaces (alternating pressure air mattresses). This report describes a consensus development process to agree test methods appropriate to compare active therapy surfaces based upon their ability to redistribute pressure from the sacrum and the heels.

Copyright 2009 Tissue Viability Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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