An evaluation of pressure monitoring technologies to create an “Individualized Pressure Ulcer Prevention Plan” for patients with Spinal Cord Injury and Cauda Equina Syndrome.


Study ID: 39514
Short Title: Pressure ulcer prevention after spinal cord injury
Organisation: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Location: Salisbury District Hospital
Condition: Other
Main Specialty: Neurological disorders
Expected End Date: 01/01/2020
Postcode: SP2 8BJ
Contact Name: R&D department
Contact Email: sft.sft.research@nhs.net
Active: Yes

Inclusion Criteria

•Current inpatient in Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre. •Spinal Cord Injury or Cauda Equina Syndrome. •Regularly sat in wheelchair for more than four hours per day (phase 3 of rehabilitation). Staff focus group •Healthcare professionals and healthcare assistants from the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, whom have experienced the technology.

Exclusion Criteria

• Inpatient at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre whom did not have a SCI or CES, but admitted to the centre due to the lack of beds in other areas of the hospital. • Unable to speak/understand English • Under 18 years of age

Study summary:

This study will assess the feasibility of using pressure monitoring technologies for the creation of an “Individualised Pressure Ulcer Prevention Plan” using a mixed methods approach. A cohort of individuals with Spinal Cord Injury or Cauda Equina Syndrome referred to the Duke of Cornwall Spinal treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital will be recruited for the evaluation. It will adopt a longitudinal approach to data collection to assess patient behaviour before and after the intervention has been implemented. Quantitative information regarding the frequency, magnitude and duration of movements will be recorded using the pressure monitoring technology. Qualitative information regarding barrier and facilitators to PU prevention will be collated using a series of interviews. In addition to patient assessment and interventions, perspectives from healthcare professionals with the direct care team (nurses, AHP's) regarding the technology will be gathered in a focus group.


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