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Pressure ulcer is an age-old problem imposing a huge cost to our health care system. Detecting and keeping record of the patient's posture on bed, help care givers reposition patient more efficiently and reduce the risk of developing pressure ulcer. In this paper, a commercial pressure mapping system is used to create a time-stamped, whole-body pressure map(More)
The successful treatment of protein malnutrition is critical for patient healing but traditional estimates of the amount of calories and protein needed for wound patients have been empiric. In particular, only the presence of a wound, not its severity or extent, is currently included as a stratifying "stress factor." To 1) ascertain reasons for feeding(More)
The ability to measure outcomes is increasingly important in the practice of medicine. For wound care, the Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing tool was developed to assess and standardize wound healing progress. However, for a variety of reasons, use of the tool to monitor an individual patient's wounds is not widespread. Following revisions to the tool for(More)
Pressure ulcers are a serious health issue, leading to clinical, financial, and emotional challenges. Numerous treatment modalities are available to promote wound healing, yet clinicians may be unsure how to incorporate these treatment options into an overall plan of care for the patient with a pressure ulcer. A consensus panel of experienced wound care(More)
Pressure ulcer is a critical problem for bed-ridden and wheelchair-bound patients, diabetics, and the elderly. Patients need to be regularly repositioned to prevent excessive pressure on a single area of body, which can lead to ulcers. Pressure ulcers are costly to treat and cause many other health problems, including death. The current standard for(More)
The diabetic foot complications constitute a tremendous challenge for patients, caregivers, and the healthcare system. Studies show up to 25% of diabetic individuals will develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime and many of these patients eventually must undergo amputation as a result of infection due to untreated foot ulcers. With current technology,(More)
Because of the tremendous resources they require to heal, patients with severe wounds present significant challenges to our healthcare system. This study was undertaken to introduce the concept of "wound burden" and its predictive value in anticipating the costs associated with inpatient care for patients with wounds. Wound burden is a new concept that can(More)
—Pressure ulcer is a severe threat for immobilized and peripheral neuropathic patients such as bedridden , elderly, and diabetics. Once developed, the complication of pressure ulcer causes pain, suffering, and longer hospitalization for the patients. Additionally, pressure ulcer management imposes a serious burden on the health care providers. The optimal(More)