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Maricopa Integrated Health System Reports 90 Percent Reduction in Pressure Ulcers
Date:6/12/2009

ser, RN, BSN, and clinical practice educator with MIHS in Phoenix, AZ. "In addition, the easy-to-use interactive algorithms have helped all of our nurses 'work smarter, not harder,' applying validated best practices in skin and wound care with even more consistent results."

First launched by ConvaTec ten years ago, the Solutions(R) Algorithms printed manuals have been content validated by multiple groups of wound care professionals and global opinion leaders. In 2007, Solutions(R) Algorithms was accepted by the National Guideline Clearinghouse as the only comprehensive set of content-validated wound care algorithms.(6) According to a recent publication from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Solutions(R) Algorithm for Pressure Ulcer Prevention was described as a proven technique that can be used to enhance patient outcomes.(7)

Numerous clinical studies utilizing the algorithms with proven, advanced skin and wound care products have produced positive outcomes in multiple care settings.(2-4) The latest review, presented in April 2008, found that using specified products within standardized protocols was associated with better, more economical wound outcomes than using certain off-protocol products within the same protocol of care.(5)

The products specified in the Solutions(R) Algorithms for pressure ulcer prevention:

  • Aloe Vesta(R) skin care products provide patients with a comprehensive portfolio of cleansing, bathing, moisturizing, and protection products that can help maintain skin integrity and prevent pressure ulcers, when utilized as part of a protocol of care.
  • DuoDERM(R) dressings were the first dressings to incorporate hydrocolloid technology. Their effectiveness in wound care is now well established and supported by a comprehensive evidence base.(8)
  • Flexi-Seal(R) FMS, also supported by clinical evidence,(9) is a tempora
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