Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Lyder1 cited
an article by Knox et al2 to assert that
to prevent pressure ulcers, "A 2-hour repositioning schedule should be the
minimum interval for patients at risk." This statement could be interpreted
to mean that repositioning patients more frequently than every 2 hours is
an unnecessary burden on an already stressed hospital staff. I suggest that
these data more appropriately support a maximum interval of 2 hours between
position changes, that is, patients ideally should be repositioned more frequently
than this interval, but at least every 2 hours.
Fox GN. Management of Pressure UlcersManagement of Pressure Ulcers. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2209-2211. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2209-a