When are pressure-reducing devices indicated for 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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Any individual thought to be at risk for developing pressure injuriesshould be placed on a pressure-reducing device (eg, foam, static air, alternating air, gel, or water) when lying in bed to relieve pressure on the heels. [108, 106, 109, 110, 111, 112] For persons who use a wheelchair, pressure-reducing devices of foam, gel, air, or a combination of these materials should be used. [113, 91, 114, 115, 116] Pressure-reducing devices should be used in addition to standard nursing care. [4, 117, 118]


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