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Int J Nurs Stud. 2007 Nov;44(8):1285-95. Epub 2007 Jun 5.

The effectiveness of massage with and without dimethyl sulfoxide in preventing pressure ulcers: a randomized, double-blind cross-over trial in patients prone to pressure ulcers.

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Department of Health Care Studies/Section Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiteit Maastricht, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands. idu@bze7.azm.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although guidelines advise against massage, it is one of the methods widely regarded and used by nurses to prevent pressure ulcers (PU).

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of different variations of massage in preventing pressure ulcers.

METHODS:

A randomized, double-blind cross-over design, in which patients of nursing homes who are prone to PU underwent two of the three possible interventions; 'position changes only', 'massaging with an indifferent cream' and 'massaging with a dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) cream'.

RESULTS:

The results of three interventions did not differ significantly. DMSO did not fulfil the expectations raised by literature and a previous pilot-study.

PMID:
17553503
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2007.04.002
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