Date of Award
Master of Science
Electrical and Computer Engr
Mohd Hasan Ali
In today's society, decubitus ulcers are a serious and very common medical condition. Yet, they constitute a major complication threatening indiviuals in hospitals, nursing homes and family homecare environments. Decubitus ulcers usually represent a major burden of care and reduces the quality of life considerably for patients, as well as their care givers. Ironically, most patients develop decubitus ulcers after an extended stay in a hopital or acute care facilities. Decubitus ulcers present challenges to the healthcare industry because they are associated with increased risks of baterial infections, longer hospital stays and higher hospitialization costs. The purpose of this thesis is to develop an approach where moisture accumulation can be effectively reduced by incorporating an automated airflow ventilation system within existing pressure relief mattresses. The proposed design will assist in establishing stability of the patient by regulating the patient's body temperature, as well as, moisture level.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Robinson, Kory A., "Mitigation of Decubitus Ulcers by Moisture Reduction in Bedridden Catheterized Patients" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1097.