Preventing Pressure

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News June 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with General Electric (GE) to test a new tool in hopes of putting an end to pressure sores.

The handheld probe assesses and monitors pressure sores using motion analysis, thermal profiling, image classification and segmentation, 3-D object reconstruction and vapor detection to determine if the sore is healing.

“We are pleased to work with GE to pilot a technology that holds the promise of revolutionizing the protocol for preventing and treating painful bed sores,” says VA Interim Under Secretary for Health Carolyn Clancy, MD. “We know that if patients are not turned on a regular basis, they can develop bed sores during their hospital stay as pressure builds up on their skin. By combining physical inspection with the technology capable of allowing real-time monitoring, we may be able to prevent ulcers from forming or advancing.”

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