February 14, 2023
New Clinical Paper – Literature Review
Title: Moisture accumulation detection technologies for identifying pressure injuries: a literature review
Date: June 2022 in Wound Practice and Research
Authors: Madeline A Bone, Sharon Latimer, Rachel M Walker and Brigid M Gillespie
Study Location: Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Aim: To describe the effectiveness of two moisture accumulation detection technologies – ultrasound imaging and subepidermal moisture (SEM) – for identifying the early development of PI in comparison to the standard visual skin assessment (VSA).
Results and Key Findings
“The review findings suggest the use of the SEM scanner is a more accurate and consistent method for detecting early signs of tissue damage in patients compared to standard VSA”.
“The SEM sensitivity of >80% reported in the studies is in stark contrast to the reported 50% sensitivity of VSA for PI detection”.
Reference: Bone, M.A., Latimer, S., Walker, R.M. and Gillespie, B.M., 2022. Moisture accumulation detection technologies for identifying pressure injuries: a literature review. Wound Practice & Research, 30(4).