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Measuring Tensile Strength to Better Establish Protective Capacity of Sacral Prophylactic Dressings Over 7 Days of Laboratory Aging

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

Results from large-scale randomized clinical trials support the application of prophylactic dressings to provide protection from body-weight force-induced deformations known to damage skin and underlying tissues, which often result in pressure injuries (pressure ulcers). This laboratory study using a new method for aging dressings in simulated use followed by tensile testing was conducted to further understand the protective effect of sacral prophylactic dressings (SPDs) in alleviating tissue deformations in the sacral region through the course of typical application. Specifically, four SPDs were exposed to a simulation of the clinical environment incorporating saline solution absorption, me..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Molnlycke Healthcare AB, which provided funding and materials for the study outlined in this paper, but has had no bearing on the findings. The authors have disclosed no other financial relationships related to this article. Submitted March 26, 2019; accepted in revised form April 18, 2019.