Use of dermal gel pads in preventing and managing pressure ulcers in ICU: an audit.

Swan, Joanna (2018) Use of dermal gel pads in preventing and managing pressure ulcers in ICU: an audit. British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 27 (20). S42-S47. ISSN 0966-0461. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their Athens login IDs

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Abstract

Most of the pressure ulcers (PUs) that developed in the intensive care unit (ICU) of an acute trust were medical-device related. While use of a dermal pad was recommended as part of its pressure ulcer prevention strategy, staff were concerned that it tended to tear or split while in use. An alternative gel pad (Dermisplus® Prevent, Frontier Medical), that was cost-effective and appeared to be more robust, was identified. A 4-week non-comparative audit involving 37 patients was therefore undertaken to investigate the effect of this alternative gel pad on PU incidence in the ICU. With the exception of the change in the gel pad used, there was no difference to the overall PU prevention strategy. No new PUs developed during the audit period with the new gel pad, although there was also no reduction in incidence compared with the previous 3 months. None of the four patients (11%) with blanching erythema developed category 1 PUs. There were also no reports of tearing or splitting with the new gel pad. The ICU staff commented that they found the new gel pad simpler to use, easier to clean and more robust than the previous product used. Following the audit, the ICU incorporated the new gel pad into its PU prevention strategy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their Athens login IDs
Subjects: WR Skin. Dermatology
Divisions: Clinical Support
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 08:25
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 08:10
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/2494

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