NewsDevice to detect early-stage pressure ulcers found to be reliable

Device to detect early-stage pressure ulcers found to be reliable

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Device to detect early-stage pressure ulcers found to be reliableA new study published in the Journal of Tissue Viability demonstrates the SEM Scanner as a ‘promising, objective, reliable tool for assessing pressure ulcers’. The SEM Scanner is a hand-held, portable, wound assessment device that detects early, pressure-induced tissue damage. Over the course of the study, more than 3000 SEM Scanner readings were collected, with evidence of good inter-operator and inter-device reliability. It was found to nearly double the accuracy of detecting early pressure ulcers from conventional approaches, and may help to improve the time to detection. It was also found to indicate tissue damage three to ten days before visible symptoms or pressure ulcer formation.

Given the limitations of current methods to prevent and detect pressure ulcers, the SEM scanner may offer healthcare providers with a useful addition to any pressure ulcer prevention programme.

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Read how Wigan Infirmary successfully trialled the SEM Scanner