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The efficacy of pressure relief maneuvers in spinal cord injury patients, a clinical study
Author(s): Thuan Ho; Ahn Thu Nguyen; Alison Lichy; Suzanne Groah; Jessica C. Ramella-Roman
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Paper Abstract

Pressure reliefs are recommended to wheelchair bound individuals to control and minimize skin damage. To this date recommendation on duration and intervals between pressure reliefs is not clear. Recent studies have shown a relationship between reduction in tissue perfusion and oxygenation due to pressure and skin pathophysiologic changes. We have developed a fiber-optics probe that allows measurement of oxygenation in addition to perfusion in real time; this low profile probe can be utilized while sitting and during pressure reliefs. We have conducted a clinical trial at the National Rehabilitation Hospital on individual with spinal cord injury. The overriding goal of this project was to develop the evidence base for clinical recommendations on pressure reliefs. Results of the study will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8938, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XIV, 89380U (26 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2039545
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Thuan Ho, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Ahn Thu Nguyen, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Alison Lichy, National Rehabilitation Hospital (United States)
Suzanne Groah, National Rehabilitation Hospital (United States)
Jessica C. Ramella-Roman, Florida International Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8938:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XIV
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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