Recommendation ID
Pressure redistributing devices: Dopressure redistributing devices reduce the development of pressure ulcers for those who are at risk of developing a pressure ulcer?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- Pressure redistributing devices are widely accepted methods of trying to prevent the development of pressure areas for people assessed as being at risk. These devices include different types of mattresses, overlays, cushions and seating. They may work by reducing or redistributing pressure, friction or shearing forces. There is limited evidence on the effectiveness of these devices and much of the evidence has been funded by industry. The cost of pressure redistributing devices can vary significantly and there is limited evidence on whether more sophisticated devices (for example, alternating pressure devices) provide any additional benefit compared to more basic devices such as high-specification foam mattresses. There is also limited evidence on whether different at-risk sites benefit from using different pressure redistributing devices. For example, a pressure redistributing device used for pressure relief on one site could cause pressure on another site. Further research is needed to identify what devices are beneficial for specific at-risk sites for all age groups.

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