A consensus conference was held to fill the void in clinical literature as to the appropriate surface technology to prevent or treat pressure ulcers. Although the literature is clear that technology may help, no specific guidance yet exists on which surfaces are appropriate for the right patient and the right time. This article lays the foundation for how the expert consensus panel researched, deliberated and created an algorithm for support surface selection. It provides the first known consenses based algorithm for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment in press.
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Care Settings: All Care Settings
Clinical Focus: Pressure Ulcer Management
Content Type: Journal Articles
Reference: McNichol L, Watts C, Machey D, Beitz J, et al. Identifying the Right Surface for the Right Patient at the Right Time: Generation and Content Validation of an Algorithm for Support Surface Selections. Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing. 2015; 42(1):19-37.