All Over the MAP

Using pressure mapping in the fight against pressure injuries

A pressure mapping system records the actual pressure between the patient’s body and bed surface or wheelchair.

Wouldn’t it be great to know what part of the patient’s body is under the most pressure, particularly in those with sensory issues? You can! Pressure mapping systems offer up nifty visuals on the areas of the body most at risk. Areas of high- pressure glow orange and red while cooler areas present in blues and greens. But, how does it work?

Quite simply, a pressure mapping system records the actual pressure between the patient’s body and bed surface or wheelchair. A thin sensor-filled mat attached to a monitor conveys interface pressure readings on the problem points. Caregivers can view areas at risk for pressure injuries in real time so adjustments can be made on the fly. Patients get relief while clinicians provide good care.

But, what if the patient is still in the red?
Pressure points still glowing red after patient shifts are made, require additional interventions. Support surfaces specifically designed for pressure redistribution are ideal in these circumstances. You have to ease the pressure to reduce the red!

At the end of the shift, however, it still good patient care that wins the prize. Variances in standardization among mapping systems have raised some eyebrows on effectiveness. While mapping is just one piece of a much bigger puzzle, it’s definitely a great tool. Find the ideal support surface to reduce the pressure across the bony prominences – because matching the patient to the product is always the best course of action.

http://healthcareinnovations.com.au/knowledgecentre/fsa/HansonetalCanPressureMappingPreventUlcers.pdfhttps://aacnjournals.org/ajcconline/article-abstract/23/2/127/3736