Journal of Practical & Professional Nursing Category: Clinical Type: Integrative Review
Integrating Nursing with Biomedical Engineering: A Multidisciplinary Integrative Innovative Approach to Home-Base Care for Aging Society in Thailand
- Jinpitcha Mamom1*, Manyat Ruchiwit2, Debra Hain3
- 1 Faculty Of Nursing, Thailand
- 2 Faculty Of Nursing, Thammasat University, Thailand
- 3 Faculty Of Nursing, Christine E Lynn College Of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, United States
*Corresponding Author:Jinpitcha Mamom
Faculty Of Nursing, Thailand
Received Date: Mar 05, 2019 Accepted Date: Mar 25, 2019 Published Date: Apr 02, 2019
Pressure ulcers constitute a significant public-health problem that is both dangerous and severe, impacting the multi-morbidity and mortality of the elderly person. Especially affected are elderly patients, as demographic changes in numerous countries have penetrated the society of the elderly. Health-care teams and the Public Health Ministry should maintain preparedness and readiness in providing care for the elderly.
This paper has as its objective a proposal for constructing an innovative repositioning bed that can adjust person into the appropriate position. The proposal applies principles and empirical evidence derived from an integration of medical knowledge and biomedical engineering for the management of mechanical loading, which is a significant cause of PUs, and from the interrelationship of mechanical loading with the impact it imposes upon the skin and tissues.
Conduct a literature review using the databases CINAHL, MEDLINE, DYNAMED, Web of Science, ISI and PubMed that focused on mechanical loading-related pressure ulcers. The key terms are: innovation, pressure ulcers, loadings and targeted studies published in Thai and English from January 2010 to December 2017.
Findings and discussion
It was discovered from research analysis and empirical evidence that an effective management method for mechanical-loading-related pressure ulcers is repositioning. In previous researches, it was found that a study had been conducted on the effects of many innovations. There were, however, gaps in practice, such as actually adopting them for use, the rather high prices involved and, importantly, the fact that they were never actually applied to the care of elderly patients who were in home-based care.
A new innovation which integrates a multidisciplinary knowledge base of health care and the engineering and architectural sciences will provide an alternative approach to lessening the burdens being borne by relatives administering the care. It will also assist the management and prevention of future PUs in the society of the elderly that are imminent.
The design and construction of innovative beds that can turn person that will reduce the forces imposed on the human tissues and skin (mechanical loading). The beds will be designed to adjust the head level upward and to adapt to the knee joint to allow it to bend. It must especially be capable of adjusting the position into 30 tilt lateral, as the pressure ulcer prevention guidelines [14-17].
Repositioning is considered to be an important strategy and is absolutely essential in the prevention of pressure ulcer of elderly patient . In a systematic review, it was suggested that repositioning must be performed at least every two hours , but the duration may vary according to the condition of the patient. Patients who are at high risk for developing PUs can be repositioned more frequently than every two hours if red marks have been found on the skin. In a study conducted by Bergstrom , it was found that there was no difference incidence over three weeks of observation between those turned at 2-, 3-, or 4-hour intervals in patients using high-density foam mattresses.
Lying positioning leads to minimum contact pressure upon the skin. Head elevating should not over than 30-degrees, with both knees raised of 0-30 degrees, as well as using a pillow to support the heels, help to prevent PUs, reduce problems from shearing and avoids muscular contraction and tension of the joints [15,24]. In lateral positioning, patients should be turned at a 30-degree lateral tilt. This position will reduce pressure on the coccyx and the shoulders, and will allow oxygen to nourish the tissues in the region of greater trochanter more effectively than when positioned to lie at angle of 60 or 90 degrees [22,24].
Accordingly, innovative repositioning beds that turn a patient on his side have been developed. These beds are capable of managing the mechanical loading that affects human tissues and skin; their function is to forestall occurrences of PUs and to lessen the burden being borne by caregivers. Use of these beds thus continues to improve the quality of life of both patient and caregiver, by applying physiological concepts to the development of pressure-injuries and managing interface pressures by properly repositioning.
Innovative repositioning beds, the In RB, were built and developed by researchers from beds that turned position by use of a remote control. The In RB, a new innovative structural steel bed, has 30-degrees of head-bed level, 30-45 degrees for the knee level, and 30-degrees lateral tilt to redistribute mechanical loadings on the bony prominences . They conducted pilot research studies on enhancing the quality of care for patients who are stoke victims through the use of beds that can turn someone, and the caregivers’ satisfaction. The goal is promoting the proper patients positioning, to reduce and distribute the interface pressure and to stimulate the blood flow so that the tissues can receive nourishment and oxygen. It is thus intended to help prevent and reduce the occurrences of PUs in the high risk of developing PUs when at home and also decreased workload of caregivers. Statistically significant results from the study have shown that this bed, which has been built to turn a patient by use of a manual crank, is safe and can prevent PUs. Also, care givers have a high level of satisfaction in the use of a bed that can turn the patient. Continued development has thus been directed toward achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness in the prevention of PUs. The quality of the instruments was sought through a proposal presented to five qualified specialists, among them a professor of medicine with expertise in the care of patients with injuries, a skilled nurse with experience in the care of injured patients (Advanced Practitional Nurse: APN) and a professor of mechanical engineering, to test for safety, sturdiness and functionality according to the objective, design and suitability of the invented product.
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Citation: Mamom J, Winaiprasert P, Hain D (2019) Integrating Nursing with Biomedical Engineering: A Multidisciplinary Integrative Innovative Approach to Home-Base Care for Aging Society in Thailand. J Pract Prof Nurs: S1001.
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