Which support surface is most effective in the prevention of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Clinical trials for prevention and treatment of pressure injuries have been performed on air-fluidized and low-air loss beds. [55, 95, 96, 97] Although there is evidence that all of these surfaces can help prevent or treat pressure injuries can be prevented or improved, no data suggest that one support surface consistently performs better than all others in all circumstances. [55, 96, 98, 99, 100, 101] Therefore, patients should be actively treated on an individual basis to reduce specific risk factors.


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