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Health Inequities

Focusing on an important aspect of current research in healthcare this section details the research conducted to support the benefits of using SEM assessment technology to combat the health inequities of pressure injuries/ulcers (PI/U) in areas such as skin tone and wheelchair bound patients.

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Shedding New Light for Nurses: Enhancing Pressure Injury Prevention Across Skin Tones with Sub-epidermal Moisture Assessment Technology

Osborne Chambers C. et al 2024. Journal of Advanced Nursing

Aim: To assess the effectiveness of sub-epidermal moisture (SEM) assessment technology in the detection of early-stage pressure damage in a critical care unit (CCU) and dark skin tone patients and its impact on hospital-acquired pressure injury (HAPI) incidence.

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Sub-Epidermal Moisture is Associated With Early Pressure Ulcer Damage in Nursing Home Residents With Dark Skin Tones

Bates-Jensen B. et al. 2009. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing

Aim: To examine the relationship between a measure of skin and tissue water, sub-epidermal moisture (SEM), and visual assessment of early PI/U damage in nursing home (NH) residents with dark skin tones.

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Assessing the Feasibility of Sub-Epidermal Moisture to Predict Erythema and Stage 1 Pressure Ulcers in Persons With Spinal Cord Injury: A Pilot Study.

Gulhan M. et al. 2012. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

Aim: To assess the feasibility of obtaining biophysical measures of sub-epidermal moisture (SEM) to predict PI/Us.

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Sub-Epidermal Moisture Surrounding Pressure Ulcers in Persons With a Spinal Cord Injury: A Pilot Study.

Harrow J. et al. 2014. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

Aim: Characterization of a non-invasive method of quantifying sub-epidermal moisture (SEM) surrounding stages III and IV PI/Us in spinal cord injury (SCI).

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Impaired Mobility and Pressure Ulcer Development in Older Adults: Excess Movement and Too Little Movement – Two Sides of the One Coin?

Budri A. et al. 2020. Journal of Clinical Nursing

Aim: To identify how activity and mobility lead to PI/U development, using two objective assessments, one for mobility and one for early PI/U detection.


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