This study evaluated current practice trends in surface utilization for patients at high risk for developing pressure ulcers. Surface types used for high-risk patients were powered static air (28%), foam (21.7%), low air loss (16%), self-adjusting technology (8%), alternating pressure (5.2%), nonpowered static air (2.0%), and air-fluidized therapy (1.8%), demonstrating that high-risk patients were most often placed on surfaces that are inferior to specialty surfaces with regard to pressure ulcer development and breakdown.
Care Settings: All Care Settings
Clinical Focus: Pressure Ulcer Management
Content Type: Abstracts / Posters
Reference: Lachenbruch C, VanGilder C, Janoff K. Poster presented at Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; April 14-17, 2011; Dallas, TX.