There are many reasons that cause skin to breakdown. This study will only compare pressure, pH and temperature with the use of slings and without the use of slings (fabricated device used to safely handle patient transfers and repositioning).There will be no difference in skin pressure, pH, or temperature with or without the use of slings.

Official Title

Slings and Repositioning Devices: Their Effects on Skin Pressure.


  • Wounds

Study Type


Study Design

Further Details

Primary Outcome Measures:

  • There will be no difference in skin integrity with or without the use of slings.
    [Time Frame: At 1 and 20 minutes pressure, pH and temperature will be measured.]
    [Designated as safety issue: Yes]

Study Start

December 2007

Eligibility & Criteria

  • Ages Eligible for Study: 18 years and older
  • Genders Eligible for Study: Both
  • Accepts Healthy Volunteers: Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Needs assistance with mobility, using any patient handling equipment
  • ≥ 18 years of age
  • English speaking or guardian is English speaking
  • Medically stable

Exclusion Criteria

  • Positional hypotension
  • On aspiration precautions
  • Paralyzed
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Below the knee amputation(s)
  • Weight greater than 500 lbs

Total Enrolment


Contact Details

Denise Netta-Turner, BSN

Carys Price, MD