Placing polyurethane foam in contact with the skin of the heel inside a plaster cast prevents the formation of pressure sores, according to Italian researchers.
In their study, two of 56 patients with sore skin developed a pressure sore having received polyurethane foam, compared with 21 of 49 in a group without polyurethane foam.
The authors said: “Using polyurethane foam to prevent sores even inside plaster casts in populations at most risk is a simple and cost-effective strategy and decreases the discomfort, pain and risks in these patients.”
- Forni C,et al. Use of polyurethane foam inside plaster casts to prevent the onset of heel sores in the population at risk. A controlled clinical study. Journal of Clinical Nursing (2011) 20: 675-680.
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