Air-Fluidized Therapy: Physical Properties and Clinical Uses

Annals of Plastic Surgery | 2010

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This review describes the benefits and drawbacks of air-fluidized therapy compared to other support types in terms of factors known to impact skin breakdown: interface pressure, shear, friction, heat, and moisture. The clinical benefits of air-fluidized therapy include faster pressure ulcer healing, decreased rate of hospitalization and ER visits for long-term care pressure ulcer patients, and decreased mortality and increased comfort for patients with burns and inhalation injury.

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Care Settings: All Care Settings

Clinical Focus: Pressure Ulcer Management

Content Type: Journal Articles

Related Products: Clinitron® Air Fluidized Therapy beds

Reference: VanGilder C, Lachenbruch C. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2010;65(3):364-370.