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

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