Use of dermal gel pads in preventing and managing pressure ulcers in ICU: an audit.

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Summary of "Use of dermal gel pads in preventing and managing pressure ulcers in ICU: an audit."

Most of the pressure ulcers (PUs) that developed in the intensive care unit (ICU) of an acute trust were medical-device related. While use of a dermal pad was recommended as part of its pressure ulcer prevention strategy, staff were concerned that it tended to tear or split while in use. An alternative gel pad (Dermisplus® Prevent, Frontier Medical), that was cost-effective and appeared to be more robust, was identified. A 4-week non-comparative audit involving 37 patients was therefore undertaken to investigate the effect of this alternative gel pad on PU incidence in the ICU. With the exception of the change in the gel pad used, there was no difference to the overall PU prevention strategy. No new PUs developed during the audit period with the new gel pad, although there was also no reduction in incidence compared with the previous 3 months. None of the four patients (11%) with blanching erythema developed category 1 PUs. There were also no reports of tearing or splitting with the new gel pad. The ICU staff commented that they found the new gel pad simpler to use, easier to clean and more robust than the previous product used. Following the audit, the ICU incorporated the new gel pad into its PU prevention strategy.


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Name: British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
ISSN: 0966-0461
Pages: S42-S47


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