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Pressure Injury clinical trials at UCLA

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  • Skin Change Actions by Nursing

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    Pressure injuries, local areas of damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue that are costly and painful, are often preventable with timely use of prevention strategies. Identifying early pressure induced tissue damage among nursing home residents by nursing staff during routine skin assessment is critical for this process. Finding early damage can prompt nursing home staff to start prevention actions and may allow viable tissue rescue, reducing other health problems or death. We propose use of sub-epidermal moisture (SEM) measures as the cue for nursing home staff to start prevention care. SEM provides early detection of skin damage by as much as 5 to 10 days prior to other methods, eliminates the inherent structural bias in visual skin assessment for residents with dark skin tones, and demonstrates a model of care using technology innovation in poorly-resourced healthcare settings to provide bedside, real-time, point-of-care feedback that is can be used immediately by nursing staff. In this study, nursing staff will use a device (the Provizio SEM Scanner) as part of standard skin assessments. The staff will use the values from the Provizio SEM Scanner during these assessments to decide if residents need preventive care for their skin. The study will look at these decisions and residents' subsequent health outcomes. The study will also use information about residents' skin health and prevention actions during the 52 weeks before the study as a comparison.

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