A new evidence- and consensus-based algorithm designed by the Mt. Laurel, N.J.-based Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society provides guidance for clinicians to pick support surfaces to match individual patient needs, according to a news release.
The new tool is published in the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing, and it has undergone content validation.
We are pleased to offer this new tool to the nursing community, WOCN Society Executive Vice President, Nicolette Zuecca, MPA, CAE, said in the release. Support surfaces are an integral component of pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, and we are confident that this algorithm will serve as an oft-used point of reference for clinicians.
Although a number of support surfaces have been shown to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers or facilitate wound healing when compared with standard mattresses, there is insufficient evidence to guide support surface selection to match individual patient needs in many situations, the release said.
Three WOCN members with clinical expertise in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment were invited to act as a task force to create and validate a support surface algorithm. Together they identified search terms for a comprehensive literature search, reviewed the literature and identified key publications, categorized levels of evidence for the use of support surfaces for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, and formulated a draft algorithm. A consensus panel of 20 key opinion leaders then evaluated and modified the draft and evaluated its content validity.
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