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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | August 2017

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Support surface selection for longterm patients in the community

Support surface selection for longterm patients in the community
Wound Care

Article topics: Community setting, Patient comfort, Pressure ulcers, Support surfaces, Wound Care

This article looks at some case reports undertaken during a community initiative, which explored the importance of regularly
reassessing patients’ support surface needs in relation to their general wellbeing, comfort and personal relationships on a long-term basis. The comfort and dignity of patients who are prescribed longterm specialist dynamic mattresses is discussed through real patient stories. The importance of both involving and educating patients and their carers on pressure ulcer identification and preventation is also shown through this community initiative.