Study in JWOCN demonstrates Sage Products Prevalon™ Turn and Position System reduces pressure ulcers

Results show a statistically significant difference in the number of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers between turning methods

CARY, IL, May 16, 2016 – Sage Products LLC Prevalon™ Turn and Position System (TAP) was featured in a study citing positive impacts on patient positioning in the development of pressure ulcers. The article by Jan Powers, PhD, RN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, NE-BC, FCCM, “Two Methods for Turning and Positioning and the Effect on Pressure Ulcer Development,” was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing.

The study compared Sage’s Prevalon TAP System against the standard of care involving pillows for hospital patients at risk for pressure ulcer development. The study revealed the Sage product resulted in fewer hospital acquired pressure ulcers, better patient turn angles, maintaining turn angles for longer timeframes and less nurses needed to turn patients than the standard of care.

The Sage TAP System uses foam wedges to position a patient in a 30 degree offloading position, reducing the amount of pressure on the sacral area, a common site of pressure ulcers.

In a recent interview, Jan Powers, author of the study, hypothesizes “this design feature is a key factor in the reduction of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers observed in patients using this device on our study.” Powers adds, “This study showed empirical evidence of the ineffectiveness of the standard of care where pillows flatten out and don’t properly support the patients. By comparison, the study showed not only the positive impact of TAP System on patient outcomes, but also the reduction in the number of nurses needed to properly position patients.”

“We’re very thankful to have provided research support for this study, and the opportunity to demonstrate how the Prevalon TAP can support healthcare facilities in caring for patients and staff alike,” says Marko Cikara, Product Manager at Sage Products, LLC. For more information about this important clinical research, clinicians can contact their local Sage Products Sales Representative at 1–800–323–2220.

REFERENCE: Powers J., “Two Methods for Turning and Positioning and the Effect on Pressure Ulcer Development,” Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing: January/February 2016 – Volume 43 – Issue 1 – p 46–50.