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Repositioning:- When repositioning a person who is at risk of developing a pressure ulcer, what is the most effective position – and optimum frequency of repositioning – to prevent a pressure ulcer
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- It is generally accepted that repositioning people who are at risk of developing a pressure ulcer can prevent one developing by removing pressure from the at-risk site. Identifying the most effective position – and the optimum frequency of repositioning – will minimise discomfort and maximise pressure ulcer prevention.
There is limited evidence on the most efficient position and frequency of repositioning for all age groups. Many studies include people who are on pressure redistributing surfaces, so it is unclear whether prevention is because of the support surface or the repositioning. A randomised study of different frequencies and positions on a standard support surface (for example, a highspecification foam mattress) is needed.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Pressure ulcers: prevention and management
Date issued
April 2014

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 23/05/2014