Reduced pressure for fewer pressure ulcers: can real-time feedback of interface pressure optimise repositioning in bed?
2014 (English)In: International Wound Journal, ISSN 1742-4801, E-ISSN 1742-481XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
The aim of this study was to (i) describe registered nurses' and assistant nurses' repositioning skills with regard to their existing attitudes to and theoretical knowledge of pressure ulcer (PU) prevention, and (ii) evaluate if the continuous bedside pressure mapping (CBPM) system provides staff with a pedagogic tool to optimise repositioning. A quantitative study was performed using a descriptive, comparative design. Registered nurses (n = 19) and assistant nurses (n = 33) worked in pairs, and were instructed to place two volunteers (aged over 70 years) in the best pressure-reducing position (lateral and supine), first without viewing the CBPM monitor and then again after feedback. In total, 240 positionings were conducted. The results show that for the same person with the same available pressure-reducing equipment, the peak pressure varied considerably between nursing pairs. Reducing pressure in the lateral position appeared to be the most challenging. Peak pressures were significantly reduced, based on visual feedback from the CBPM monitor. The number of preventive interventions also increased, as well as patients' comfort. For the nurses as a group, the knowledge score was 59·7% and the attitude score was 88·8%. Real-time visual feedback of pressure points appears to provide another dimension to complement decision making with respect to PU prevention.
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Research subject Caring Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236905DOI: 10.1111/iwj.12374PubMedID: 25224508OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-236905DiVA: diva2:765914