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SCI Survey to Determine Pressure Ulcer Vulnerability in the Outpatient Population

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2011,31 Dec 2015

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Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation Temple Terrace United States

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Phase 2 was a prospective study to measure skin tissue thickness in Veterans with SCI n30 with high-resolution ultrasound as a potential indicator of pressure ulcer PrU risk. Phase 1 subjects could not be contacted, which resulted in recruitment delays and required an alternative approach for subject enrollment. Due to these delays, a no cost extension was requested to extend the study to complete the data collection. Data collection was completed for 6 patients at the time of the request. Fifteen patients were completed when the key person who was obtaining the ultrasound measurements left the facility. Due to the loss of personnel and the lack of study funds, it was not possible to bring on another investigator to complete the rest of the data collection for the study. The subject stratification of data collection groups consisted of 3 patients with a history of zero PrUs, 2 patients with a history of 1-2 PrUs, and 10 patients with a history of 3 PrUs. Due to the lack of personnel and study funds, Phase 2 was unable to be completed in full.

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