Prevention of pressure ulcers

Elderly patients admitted to emergency care units are at risk of developing pressure ulcers, partly because of the time spent lying on hard surfaces

These authors investigated the cost-effectiveness of using foam mattresses to prevent pressure ulcers in elderly patients admitted to the emergency department. They found that early prevention was more effective than standard practice with 0.0015 quality-adjusted life-days gained and likely to be cost-effective 81 per cent of the time.
Pham B, Teague L, Mahoney J et al. Ann Emerg Med 2011

Read these next

Common skin conditions in the elderly

Common skin conditions in the elderly

As the population ages, some skin conditions will be...

Management of patients with pressure ulcers

Management of patients with pressure ulcers

Chronic wounds can be a challenge.

Leg ulcers: part 1

Management of this challenging condition is most effective...


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Register or Subscribe to MIMS

GPs can get MIMS print & online and GPonline for free when they register online – take 2 minutes, and make sure you get your free MIMS access! If you're not a GP, you can subscribe to MIMS for full access.

Register or subscribe

MIMS bulletins

News and updates straight to your inbox.

Prescribing Update: Fortnightly news bulletin
Alert:
Urgent prescribing updates
Spotlight: Disease-themed monthly round-up

Sign me up

MIMS Dermatology

Read the latest issue online exclusively on MIMS Learning.

Read MIMS Dermatology

MIMS Adviser

Especially created for prescribing influencers.

Request free copy

Mobile apps

MIMS: access the full drug database and quick-reference tables on the go

MIMS Diagnosis and Management: concise information on signs and symptoms, investigations and diseases