Baker, E.A. and Leaper, D.J.
Pressure-relieving properties of a intra-operative warming device
Journal of Wound Care, 12, (4), .
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Up to 25% of all pressure ulcers that develop in hospitalised patients are thought to start in the operating theatre. Pressure-relieving mattresses and/or overlays are used in operating theatres to help prevent pressure damage to vulnerable areas such as the sacrum and heels, but there is no ‘standard’ theatre mattress and different mattresses give different degrees of pressure relief. Intra-operative warming may help to reduce the risk of pressure ulceration, although previous studies have produced conflicting results. This study investigated whether use of a warming device reduced sacral and heel interface pressures in 10 healthy volunteers; comparisons were made with a standard operating table mattress, a pressure-relieving gel pad and an under-patient warming device left switched on the operating table.
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