Using support surfaces to manage tissue integrity

Adv Skin Wound Care. 2005 Apr;18(3):151-7. doi: 10.1097/00129334-200504000-00013.


Purpose: To provide the clinician with an overview of support surfaces used to manage tissue integrity as well as a review of how pressure ulcers develop.

Target audience: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in understanding how available support surfaces can impact the development and treatment of pressure ulcers.

Objectives: After reading the article and taking the test, the participant should be able to:

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air
  • Beds* / statistics & numerical data
  • Beds* / supply & distribution
  • Friction
  • Humans
  • Humidity
  • Orthotic Devices* / statistics & numerical data
  • Orthotic Devices* / supply & distribution
  • Patient Selection
  • Pressure
  • Pressure Ulcer / etiology
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Primary Prevention / methods
  • Shear Strength
  • Skin Care
  • Temperature
  • Viscosity