The Pressure’s On at St. Peter’s Hospital

Thanks to generous donor gifts, a pressure mapping system at St. Peter’s Hospital is helping to make prolonged hospital stays more comfortable for patients.

The pressure mapping mat is showing caregivers how to reposition the patient to maximize comfort.

The pressure mapping mat is showing caregivers how to reposition the patient to maximize comfort.

Despite careful attention by staff, patients who are unable to re-position themselves in their wheelchair or bed have an increased risk of developing skin ulcers, which can be extremely painful and may lead to serious infections. The pressure mapping system uses a thin, sensor-filled mat that is placed between the patient and the wheelchair or bed. The sensors send information to a computer program that produces a colour-coded image of the pressure distribution. This image enables a nurse or therapist to make appropriate changes in the patient’s position to minimize the risk of developing skin ulcers.