The Most Effective Time Interval for Repositioning Subjects at Risk of Pressure Sore Development: A Literature Review

Authors

  • Inge C. Buss MSN RN,

    Doctoral Student, Corresponding author
    1. Section of Nursing Science, Department of Caring Science, Faculty of the Health Sciences at Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands
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  • Ruud J.G. Halfens PhD,

    Associate Professor
    1. Section of Nursing Science, Department of Caring Science, Faculty of the Health Sciences at Maastricht University
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  • Huda Huijer Abu-Saad PhD RN

    Professor
    1. Centre for Nursing Research, Faculty of the Health Sciences, Maastricht University
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Section of Nursing Science, Department of Caring Science, Maastricht University, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands or e-mail i.buss@zw.unimaas.nl

Abstract

This review analyzed 17 studies to establish the repositioning time interval that is most effective in preventing pressure sores in at-risk individuals. Because the studies did not provide strong evidence to support any specific time interval, we suggest that the commonly recommended 2-hour interval be the starting point for individual turning schedules. The 2-hour interval should be shortened or expanded according to each individual's susceptibility to pressure sores.

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