Priority 4 from the Pressure Ulcer PSP

UNCERTAINTY: How effective are the different types of pressure relieving beds and mattresses in preventing pressure ulcers and do they meet the needs of the full range of patients at risk? (JLA PSP Priority 4)
Overall ranking 4
JLA question ID 0013/4
Explanatory note Reliable up-to-date systematic reviews revealed important continuing uncertainties about treatment effects at the time of the PSP
Evidence McInnes E, Jammali-Blasi A, Bell-Syer SEM, Dumville JC, Cullum N. Support surfaces for pressure ulcer prevention. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD001735. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001735.pub4.
Health Research Classification System category Skin
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples This submission was a variation of one which was prioritised. This is an indicative uncertainty. This or a similar uncertainty was submitted the following number of times in the survey: 19 This uncertainty was also suggested for the following patients and interventions:  [+alternating mattresses +full replacement + 30 degree turning +static foam +air attenuating +constant low pressure +static air flotation +profiling beds +high specification foam +hard mattress +soft mattress] [+high risk patients +mentally ill patients +kyphotic/scoliotic spine +sleep on backs +critically ill]
Submitted by Clinicians
Outcomes to be measured Prevention
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0013
PSP name Pressure Ulcers
Total number of uncertainties shown on the spreadsheet 269  (To see a full list of these, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop March 2013