Journal article

New Clinically Relevant Method to Evaluate the Life Span of Prophylactic Sacral Dressings

Joshua N Burton, Abigail G Fredrickson, Cassidee Capunay, Laurel Tanner, Craig Oberg, Nick Santamaria, Amit Gefen, Evan Call

Advances in Skin & Wound Care | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019

Abstract

It has been demonstrated that wound dressings provide a protective effect against pressure injuries. However, no method exists to measure either the life or performance of dressings used in prevention; testing dressings in a clinical setting or a research environment has typically been based on measuring its moisture absorption capacity. This article examines the changes that occur in the structural and mechanical properties of a prophylactic dressing based on conditions of use when wound exudate is not present.A clinically relevant method was developed to simulate the loading, friction-inducing shear, and moisture transpiration present in a typical hospitalization where a dressing is applie..

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This study was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Molnlycke Healthcare AB, which provided funding and materials for the study outlined in this article, but has had no bearing on the findings. The authors have disclosed no other financial relationships related to this article. Submitted March 27, 2019; accepted April 4, 2019.