According to research recently presented at a patient experience summit, visual biofeedback may be a key player in effective patient repositioning. The study, titled “Enhancing Patient Experience by Optimizing Patient Repositioning through Biofeedback,” was presented at the 4th Annual Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit. The event was held in Cleveland, May 19 to 21.
The study’s results suggest that the use of Wellsense’s M.A.P assisted in significantly lowering peak pressure when caregivers used the visual aid of the M.A.P to reposition patients. Researchers note that the ultimate aim of the study centered on providing caregivers and patients visual feedback in locating where pressure exists between the patient and the support system using M.A.P.
The M.A.P pressure-sensing mat is reportedly comprised of intelligent textiles designed to constantly measure pressure from thousands of discrete points. A news release notes that variations in pressure across a patient’s body are then depicted on a monitor, using a color scheme intended to assist caregivers in visualizing high (red) to low (blue) pressure points, allowing them to identify and minimize areas of high pressure.
The M.A.P is engineered to serve as a supportive tool, providing live, visual feedback as patients are repositioned. During the study, caregivers were asked to reposition the patient without visual aid, researchers say. Once the patient had been repositioned, caregivers were then shown images of where pressure still existed, and then readjusted to limit peak pressure.
Ronald G. Scott, MD, lead study author, director of wound care, North Dallas Long Term Acute Care Hospital, states, ‘”The use of visual feedback has a clear benefit to patient care and safety, as caregivers can be confident they are effectively repositioning patients to help prevent the occurrence of pressure ulcers.”