Pressure Mapping

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A pressure map is a computerized clinical tool designed to assess pressure distribution (when sitting or lying down) and ideally, risk for pressure ulcers. Even though there is some variability in the ways that different tools measure pressure, these visual displays can provide data to help assess potential skin damage. Patients can benefit from the visual feedback (in the absence of sensory feedback) so when they see the pressures on the screen, they can identify areas of concern and modify their position accordingly. There is also an economic benefit as treating pressure ulcers (after they have developed, rather than preventing them) is expensive and one of the main reasons for re-hospitalization following SCI.