These Clinical Practice Guidelines summarise where organisations have updated their pressure injury/ulcer (PI/U) prevention guidelines to include using SEM assessment technology to assist healthcare practitioners in preventing PI/Us.
“Consider using a sub-epidermal moisture/oedema measurement device as an adjunct to routine clinical skin assessment.”
Recommendation 2.6 (https://www. internationalguideline.com/)
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), the Ministry of Health and Health Quality & Safety Commission in New Zealand
“If available use a sub-epidermal moisture (SEM) scanner (for example where skin colour makes visual identification difficult).“
Recommended approach to pressure injuries in Spinal Cord Injury patients. (https://www.acc.co.nz/assets/provider/acc8305-pi-sci-consensus- statement.pdf)
Polish Wound Management Association
“SEM assessment is included in standard pressure injury prevention protocols as part of the official Pressure Ulcer Prevention recommendations”
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
“Darkly pigmented skin should be assessed by checking the patients’s skin temperature and the presence of oedema, induration and pain.”
Recommendation 7.4.1 (https://aornguidelines.org/guidelines/ content?sectionid=245945765&view=book)
“Technology-based skin assessments may be used, including tools that focus on the biophysical changes (biocapacitance) such as sub-epidermal moisture measurement”.
Recommendation 7.1.1 (https://aornguidelines.org/guidelines/ content?sectionid=245945765&view=book)
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