Pressure ulcer risk heightened when foam pads used during prolonged surgery
A recent study has found that patients who are placed on a foam pad are at a higher risk of developing pressure ulcers during longer operations.
The study, published through the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), examined the environment and patient outcomes of those having surgery for three hours or longer. It assessed conditions preoperatively, during surgery and postoperatively for pressure ulcer risk factors in 258 patient cases during an eight-month period.
It was found that the use of foam table pads and a lower Braden score both indicated a high risk for pressure ulcer occurrence.
'Findings indicate that positioning and table surfaces are two key components that may influence pressure ulcer development', the study observed. 'Perioperative nurses can use this information when assessing patient risk for pressure ulcers and delivering interventions to prevent pressure ulcer development.'
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