Kid-Sized ComfortBy Wolski, C.A.; Rehab Management, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 38-41
Publication Date: March 2004
Article focuses on the prevention of pressure ulcers in pediatric hospital inpatients. Although not as prevalent in pediatric inpatients as in adults, pressure ulcers can affect recovery time, cause scarring, and cost medical facilities hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment purchases. To minimize the number of pressure ulcers it was seeing in its young inpatients, Texas Children’s Hospital, a 737-bed facility in Houston, recently completed a study comparing the interface pressures of various support surfaces. The study specifically analyzed issues related to the surfaces used in the hospital’s intensive care unit. The participants were recruited through the hospital, and included 54 children, ranging in age from infant to 16 years. Three measurements were taken at each of the participant’s pressure points: the head, coccyx, and heels. The results of the study allowed investigators to recommend the ideal age-related surface for each pediatric group.
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This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J47300