Risk Assessment for Sitting Acquired Pressure Ulcers

05-Jul-2013

Name:
Prof Michael Stacey

Organisation:
University of Western Australia

Location:
Aus/NZ

Address:
University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009, Perth

Email:
jillian.swaine@uwa.edu.au

ACTRN:

Sponsor Name:

Start Date:
01-Jun-2010

Public Title:
Risk Assessment for Sitting Acquired Pressure Ulcers

Description:

Risk Assessment for Sitting Acquired Pressure Ulcers 

Sitting acquired pressure ulcer (SAPU) incidence ranges from 23% to 33% per year following spinal cord injury (SCI), with a lifetime incidence of up to 85%. Pressure ulcers impact significantly on health-related quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury represent a substantial burden on the health system. There is a critical need to develop a risk tool for sitting acquired pressure ulcers that occupational therapists can apply when assessing for seating and pressure care.

The AusCAN project aims are to:

  • To identify intrinsic and extrinsic factors associated with the development of sitting acquired pressure ulcers following spinal cord injury.
  • To develop a risk assessment that will identify high risk individuals for developing a pressure ulcer within the first three years following spinal cord injury.
  • To determine the cost of treating a sitting acquired pressure ulcer following spinal cord injury.
  • To measure the loss of health related quality of life for patients with sitting acquired pressure ulcers following spinal cord injury.

The AusCAN project is a collaboration among five clinical centres in Australia and the five academic health centres in Canada.

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