A pressure-controlled alarm and monitoring device for pressure ulcer prophylaxis in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury: a prototype
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Patients with spinal cord injury are prone to develop pressure ulcers, especially around the pelvic girdle and in the buttocks. Treatment of pressure ulcer is demanding for the health care system in terms of personal and economic resources, and for the patient because of extensive conservative or surgical treatments to achieve healing. The prevention of pressure ulcers is therefore of major importance for this patient group. A contributing factor to the development of pressure ulcers is the lack of biosensory feedback below the level of injury, that results in a lack of impulses to the patient to change body position. In this paper we describe the construction of a technical device that monitors sitting pressures in a wheel chair cushion, and alerts the user when the pressure has reached a critical level for a period of time long enough to risk tissue damage. This device also saves pressure data continuously for retrospective analysis to evaluate the patients' sitting and unloading behaviour, and to study the effect of pressure relieving wheel chair cushions over longer periods of time.
Pressure ulcer prevention, alarm device, sitting pressure, spinal cord injury, prototype
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84827DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03885-3_184OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84827DiVA: diva2:562208