Pressure Redistribution Crib Mattress: A Quality Improvement Project

Charleen Deo Singh, Noordeen Shoqirat

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Selective use of pressure-redistributing support surfaces is considered an essential component of a pressure injury prevention bundle. Critically ill children who are too big for an isolette but too little for a bed are usually placed in critical care cribs that have unique features such as moveable side rails and a built-in scale for weighing the patient, but they do not have a mattress designed to redistribute pressure. The primary aim of this quality improvement project was to evaluate a pressure redistribution mattress designed for use in critical care cribs. CASES: We retrospectively reviewed 22 charts of critically ill pediatric patients who participated in a product trial completed over a 12-week period in a stand-alone children's hospital in the Western United States. We reviewed demographic data, skin assessments, Braden Q Scale score, and support surface use. Our review revealed no pressure injury occurrences over the 12-week data collection period. CONCLUSIONS: Findings from this quality improvement project suggest that the pressure-redistributing mattress, when used as part of an intervention bundle, prevents pressure injuries in critically ill pediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-64
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing : official publication of The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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