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Pressure Mapping to prevent ulcers

Pressure mapping is a new technology that measure the pressure of a seating surface to identify any potential problem areas that could result in a pressure ulcer.

What is a pressure ulcer?

Sustained pressure cuts off the circulation to vulnerable parts of the body. Without adequate blood flow, tissue dies. Vulnerable areas include buttocks, tailbone, heels, spine, and shoulder blades.

Who does pressure mapping?

The pressure mapping is completed by an occupational therapist from Rice Rehab Center.

What causes pressure ulcers?

  • rivets or seams on jeans
  • wrinkled sheets of material under a person while sitting in a wheelchair
  • lift sheets
  • objects on a wheelchair

Other risk factors that may contribute to pressure ulcers:

  • decrease or lack of mobility
  • poor nutrition
  • incontinence
  • smoking decreased cognition
  • poor circulation
  • or sensation
  • advanced age
  • shear or friction
  • other medical complications

What are the benefits of pressure mapping?

  • improved patient safety
  • improved patient care
  • improved patient education
  • improved caregiver education
  • improved healing of existing pressure ulcers
  • improved prevention of pressure ulcers
  • increased recognition of problem areas
  • better decision making regarding appropriate seating surface, equipment recommendations, and related considerations

What happens during a pressure mapping assessment?

The occupational therapist will have you sit or lay in/on your normal seating equipment on the pressure mapping sheets. You may sit on a variety of cushions, surfaces (including wheelchairs, recliners, beds), or in a variety of positions. The pressure mapping sensors then calculate any pressure areas.

The occupational therapist uses the information from the pressure mapping system, as well as clinical judgment, to assess any problems, provide immediate feedback, and make the most appropriate recommendations for adequate seating and positioning needs.

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The Pressure Mapping Program is available through your physician's referral. For more information, please contact:

Rice Rehabilitation Center
311 SW 3rd St.
Willmar, MN 56201

Lynn Stier, Director
320.231.4175
lsti@rice.willmar.mn.us

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