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Decubitus. 1993 Jan;6(1):32-43.

Seeking quality care for patients with pressure ulcers.


Improving quality care for patients with pressure ulcers resulted in a two-year intensive effort to educate staff, keep morale high, standardize care plans by stage of ulcer, and participate in a comparison study of two support surfaces (Thera-Pulse, Kinetic Concepts and Geo-Matt, SpanAmerica). When all pressure ulcers were considered, the analysis of covariance revealed no statistically significant difference in the healing of pressure ulcers with respect to type of support surface used (F[1, 78] = 0.35, p > .05). For patients with stage III and IV pressure ulcers, the proportion of patients improving more than 10cm2 was higher in the air-suspension group. There was relatively little difference in the Stage II ulcer patients.

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