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Title: Preventing pressure ulcers with the Australian Medical Sheepskin: an open-label randomised controlled trial.
Epworth Authors: Sinclair, Rodney
Other Authors: Jolley, Damien
Wright, R.
McGowan, S.
Hickey, M. B.
Campbell, D. A.
Montgomery, K. C.
Keywords: Bedding and Linens
Nursing Assessment
Pressure Ulcer
Prevention and Control
Risk Factors
Treatment Outcome
Victoria, Australia
Australian Medical Sheepskin
Head & Neck Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Apr-2004
Publisher: Australiasian Medical Publishing Company
Citation: Med J Aust. 2004 Apr 5;180(7):324-7.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To estimate the effectiveness of a new high-performance Australian medical sheepskin (meeting Australian Standard 4480.1-1998) in preventing pressure ulcers in a general hospital population at low to moderate risk of these ulcers. DESIGN: Open-label randomised controlled clinical trial. SETTING: A large metropolitan teaching hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, in 2000. PARTICIPANTS: 441 patients aged over 18 years admitted between 12 June and 30 November 2000, with expected length of stay over 2 days and assessed as at low to moderate risk of developing pressure ulcers. INTERVENTION: Patients were randomly allocated to receive a sheepskin mattress overlay for the duration of their hospital stay (218 patients) or usual treatment, as determined by ward staff (referent group, 223 patients). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Incidence rate and cumulative incidence of pressure ulcers, assessed daily throughout hospital stay. RESULTS: 58 patients developed pressure ulcers (sheepskin group, 21; referent group, 37). Cumulative incidence risk was 9.6% in the sheepskin group (95% CI, 6.1%-14.3%) versus 16.6% in the referent group (95% CI, 12.0%-22.1%). Patients in the sheepskin group developed new pressure ulcers at a rate less than half that of referent patients (rate ratio, 0.42; 95% CI, 0.26-0.67). CONCLUSIONS: The Australian Medical Sheepskin is effective in reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers in general hospital inpatients at low to moderate risk of these ulcers.
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ISSN: 0025-729X
Journal Title: The Medical Journal of Australia
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: School of Health Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Fremantle, WA, Australia.
CSIRO Leather Research Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
University of Melbourne (St Vincent’s Hospital), Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial
Appears in Collections:Dermatology
Head & Neck

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