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J Wound Care. 2003 Jun;12(6):231-5.

Evaluation of mattresses using interface pressure mapping.

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Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, University College London, UK. d.bain@ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the ranking of mattresses using several different performance indices, calculated from interface pressure-mapping data.

METHOD:

Five mattresses were compared using interface pressure-mapping on 10 healthy volunteers. Mattresses were ranked in order, on the basis of several different specified performance indices.

RESULTS:

Different performance indices ranked the mattresses in different orders.

CONCLUSION:

Elaborate performance indices should be used with care, since it is possible to construct a 'tailor-made' performance index to make any chosen mattress rank as the best. Care should be taken to ensure that a performance index is validated, preferably by some demonstrated link to clinical outcomes.

PMID:
12838601
DOI:
10.12968/jowc.2003.12.6.26502
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