Lying posture classification for pressure ulcer prevention

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Pressure ulcers are a common problem among patients with limited mobility, such as those bedbound and wheelchair-bound. Constant and prolonged applied pressure is one of the extrinsic factors contributing to the development of pressure ulcers. Analyzing lying postures together with interface pressure measurements from a pressure sensitive bed helps revealing pressure hot spots that can potentially lead to pressure ulcer development. We propose an intelligent system that features lying posture classification with pressure hot spots identification based on interface pressure measurements to possibly identify potential pressure ulcer risk and to provide effective preventive measures. Experimental outcomes correctly classify different lying postures with an accuracy of up to 93%. The proposed system is expected to assist caregivers to detect risk evidence and to provide timely and appropriate interventions for effective pressure ulcer prevention.




Phyo Wai, A. A., Foo, S. F., Huang, W., Biswas, J., Hsia, C. C., Liou, K., & Yap, P. (2010). Lying posture classification for pressure ulcer prevention. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 1(2), 217–238.

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