May D. Stinson

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BACKGROUND Pressure mapping systems offer a new technology to assist with pressure care assessment. Data output from such systems can be presented in three forms: numerical data, a three-dimensional grid and a colour-coded pressure map. OBJECTIVES To (1) investigate whether sole use of the pressure map was a reliable method of interpreting interface(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the relationship between interface pressure and gender, body mass index (BMI), and seating positions, and to evaluate the implications for clinical practice. DESIGN Group design. SETTING Pressure mapping laboratory. PARTICIPANTS Sixty-three student volunteers (44 women, 19 men; mean age, 22.2+/-5.1y). INTERVENTIONS(More)
Measurement of interface (or contact) pressure is important in assessing tissue viability in relation to pressure sore prevention and may be achieved through pressure mapping techniques. This article reports on two pilot studies using the Force Sensing Array pressure mapping system in a laboratory setting. The purpose of Study 1 was to examine the(More)
Sitting for prolonged periods of time increases seating interface pressures, which is known to increase the risk of developing pressure ulcers. Those at risk of developing pressure ulcers are advised to perform pressure relieving movements such as "pushups" or "forward leans" in order to reduce the duration and magnitude of pressure acting on the vulnerable(More)
PURPOSE Pressure mapping systems provide useful information for pressure care assessment. Healthcare professionals tend to rely upon their colour-coded pressure maps to assist clinical decision-making, based on ranking these from best to worst pressure distribution. The current study investigated whether such ranking is an appropriate method of assessment(More)
This pilot study investigates whether pressure and silicone therapy used simultaneously are more effective in treating multiple characteristics of hypertrophic scars than pressure alone. A pilot randomized controlled trial was conducted. Twenty-two participants with hypertrophic burn scars were randomized to receive Jobskin pressure garments and Mepiform(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine changes in seat-interface pressure with multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. DESIGN Case series. SETTING Multiple Sclerosis Society's Resource Centre and community. PARTICIPANTS Convenience sample of 15 MS wheelchair users and 12 MS non-wheelchair users. INTERVENTION Interface pressure was measured for 8 minutes using the Force(More)
BACKGROUND Despite high quality guidelines underpinning pressure ulcer care (NPUAP/EPUAP/PPPIA, 2014), pressure ulceration still poses a significant financial impact on health care services in treatment and staff costs as well as having a profound effect on the health and quality of life of individuals experiencing them. Repositioning is a key preventative(More)
Pressure sores present a challenge to people with rectal and cervical cancers due to weight loss, compromised nutrition, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Affected individuals often experience intense pain on sitting, and prefer to spend the majority of their time lying down. This pilot study, employing a case study design, investigated the pressure care needs(More)
Background. People with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at increased risk of pressure ulcers due to prolonged periods of sitting. Concordance with pressure relieving movements is poor amongst this population, and one potential alternative to improve this would be to integrate pressure relieving movements into everyday functional activities. Objectives. To(More)