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Monitoring Devices Linked with Reduction of PIs

Adv Skin Wound Care; 2016 Dec; Walia, Wong, et al

Pressure injury (PI) monitoring devices are associated with a strong reduction in the risk of developing PIs, a recent study found. These devices provide clinicians and patients with critical information to implement prevention guidelines. Researchers examined articles that included clinical trials and cohort studies that tested monitoring devices, evaluating PI risk factors on patients in acute and skilled nursing settings. Of the identified 1,866 publications, 9 met the inclusion criteria. They found:

  • These studies evaluated monitoring devices that measured interface pressure, subdermal tissue stress, motion, and moisture.
  • Most studies found a statistically significant decrease in PIs; 2 studies were eligible for meta-analysis, demonstrating that use of monitoring devices was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of developing PIs.


Walia GS, Wong AL, Lo, AY, et al. Efficacy of monitoring devices in support of prevention of pressure injuries: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2016;29(12):567-574. doi:10.1097/01.ASW.0000504579.83707.f6.

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