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.
This Week's Must Reads
Prevalence and Type of Genital Lesions in OTRs, JAMA Dermatology; ePub 2018 Jan 31; Nadhan, et al
Use of UV Radiation for Medical, Cosmetic Purposes, J Clin Aesthet Dermatol; 2018 Feb; Sampson, et al
Melanoma Risk Assessed in Melanoma-Prone Families, J Invest Dermatol; ePub 2018 Feb 2; Tucker, Elder, et al
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Linked with HS, J Invest Dermatol; ePub 2018 Feb 4; Garg, et al
Two Surgeries Effective for Merkel Cell Carcinoma, J Am Acad Dermatol; ePub 2018 Feb 3; Singh, et al
Must Reads in Wounds
Zinc Oxide Gets High Marks for Wound Care, Dermatol Surg; ePub 2017 Jun 23; Thompson, et al
35-Year Evaluation of Surgical Treatment for HS, World J Surg; ePub 2017 Jun 13; Burney
Surgeons, Patients Prefer Adhesives to Sutures, Dermatol Surg; ePub 2017 Jun 6; Bartenstein, et al
Mohs Defect Healing by Secondary Intention Weighed, Dermatol Surg; ePub 2016 Dec 29; Vedvyas, et al
Monitoring Devices Linked with Reduction of PIs, Adv Skin Wound Care; 2016 Dec; Walia, Wong, et al