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Living Well: Rest Comfortably

Reprinted from PN July 2002
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Skin care is an important part of maintaining health. Just having a spinal-cord injury (SCI) makes you at high risk for developing pressure ulcers. And, developing one increases your chance for future sores.

Although many ways exist to prevent them, one is proper selection of a sleeping surface. A good overlay (a support surface that covers an existing mattress for pressure reduction) or mattress is essential to maintaining healthy skin by providing proper support and reduced pressure. But choosing the right one is not easy.

In the July PN/Paraplegia News, Hang Pham-Bowman and Grace Nolde-Lopez describe how overlays and mattresses work, when and how to find the right one for you, and how to take care of it. This article helps you make a decision you can sleep with!

Pham-Bowman is a research associate and Nolde-Lopez is a clinical nurse specialist at Craig Hospital. They prepared their article with funding from the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

 

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