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Finding an effective way to reduce pressure ulcers

Expensive high-tech air mattresses are only marginally better at preventing pressure sores and ulcers than a specialist foam mattress, according to the results of a major study.

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Detecting pressure ulcers in sweat and sebum

Pressure ulcers are a major burden to patients, carers and the healthcare system. Particularly vulnerable populations are elderly, bedridden and spinal cord injured individuals. Ph.D. researcher Jibbe Soetens investigated ...

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Decline in hospital-acquired conditions continues

(HealthDay)—The rate of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) continued its decline from 2014 to 2016, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions.

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A 'light' approach to healing wounds moves closer to market

It's not unusual for patients with spinal cord injuries to develop pressure ulcers from sitting long periods in wheelchairs. Because the patients cannot feel them, the sores become severe by the time they are noticed.

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Uni experts aim to cut the costs of pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers—resulting from factors such as immobility by elderly patients and residents in hospitals and care homes—can have serious medical consequences, requiring plastic surgery in extreme cases. Also, they pile ...

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2008 initiative had minimal impact on pressure ulcer charges

(HealthDay)—The 2008 Hospital-Acquired Conditions Initiative (HACI) payment changes for pressure ulcers have had a minimal effect, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics ...

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