A comparative study of an alternating air mattress for the prevention of pressure ulcers in surgical patients.

@article{Aronovitch1999ACS,
  title={A comparative study of an alternating air mattress for the prevention of pressure ulcers in surgical patients.},
  author={Sharon A Aronovitch and Michelle M. Wilber and Sheri Slezak and Thomas Martin and D Utter},
  journal={Ostomy/wound management},
  year={1999},
  volume={45 3},
  pages={34-40, 42-4}
}
Research indicates that 8.5% of all patients undergoing surgical procedures for more than 3 hours develop pressure ulcers. In some types of surgery, incidence rates in excess of 25% have been reported. An 11-month study was conducted on the safety and efficacy of an experimental alternating air device in comparison with a tertiary care facility's conventional practice. A series of 217 patients undergoing surgical procedures scheduled for a minimum of 3 hours were enrolled. No ulcers developed… CONTINUE READING