February 6, 1954


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Cleveland Clinic 2020 E. 93rd St. Cleveland 6.

JAMA. 1954;154(6):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940400072021

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To the Editor:—  Further experience with the alternating pressure pad since our initial report (J. A. M. A.138:583 [Oct. 23] 1948) has convinced the professional and nursing staffs of various hospitals of its value in the prevention and treatment of decubitus ulcers (bedsores). For the past five years at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, the pad has been used routinely for all patients admitted with decubitus ulcers as well as for those who are considered candidates for them. The latter group includes paralyzed, comatose, and severely debilitated patients. It is used also for those who find turning painful and for certain others who are immobilized by continuous traction or casts. It has proved a real aid in the proper nursing of these patients. In analyzing our experiences we have found that approximately 1 of every 25 patients admitted has been treated on the alternating pressure pad.The pad is,

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