Journal article

An observational study of the maintenance of the 30 degrees side-lying lateral tilt position among aged care residents at risk of developing pressure injuries when using the standard care pillow and a purpose-designed positioning device

Suzanne Kapp, Marie Gerdtz, Amit Gefen, Roshani Prematunga, Nick Santamaria

INTERNATIONAL WOUND JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate the maintenance of the 30° side-lying lateral tilt position among aged care residents at the risk of developing pressure injuries when using the standard care pillow and a purpose-designed positioning device. An observational study was conducted. Participants were monitored during positioning under two conditions, with pillows and with a fluidised positioner. Body angle measurements were taken at three time points (baseline, 1 hour, and 2 hours) on 10 occasions. Repeated-measures analysis assessed the difference in the degree of the angle of the body. The sample (n = 12) had an average age of 83 years, and the participants were immobile when in bed. The a..

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