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Pressure ulcer risk assessment: risk factors and risk screening in older persons - a validation study

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Pressure ulcer risk assessment: risk factors and risk screening in older persons - a validation study

Using novel movement sensor technology, in addition to SEM measurement, the present study aims to determine the contribution of mobility, activity, nutritional status and incontinence on the development of PUs and to identify how these risk factors are actually related to the pathology underlying the development of PUs. 

•SEM and movement readings vary reflecting changes in the patients’ actual movements and responses to pressure and shear forces.
•High freq movers/agitated patients are consistently rubbing their skin off the bed and may be more likely to the superficial PUs. Low freq movers may be at risk of developing deeper PUs due to unrelieved pressure. 
 

May be better tools for assessment and prevention

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