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Not sure if anyone has used an infrared camera to detect possible pressure injury that cannot be seen yet. Any success with preventing hospital aquired pressure injuries? Thanks
Sep 17, 2019 by Melissa Khoo,
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Cathy Milne
Yes Melissa, I have experience with IR cameras. I use them more for determining between infection and inflammation but have spotted DTIs (cold spots) not visibly seen as DTIs. Clearly do-able in any setting but facility/organization will need policies, staff needs training, and camera needs to "not walk" and process must be HIPPA secure...I think the literature would confirm using this, but the logistics are a bit of a nightmare!Here is some supporting literature on this:REFERENCES

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Cox J, Kaes L, Martinez, M, Moles D. 2016. Use of Thermography to Predict Progression of Discolored Intact Skin to Necrosis Among Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Ostomy Wound Manage. [Online]. Volume 62. Issue 10. Pages 14-33. Available From: https://www.o-wm.com/article/prospective-observational-study-assess-use-thermography-predict-progression-discolored

Farid K, Winkelman C, Rizkala A, Jones K. 2012. Thermography as an adjunct to visual/tactile assessments in pressure related discoloration in intact skin. Ostomy/Wound Management. [online]. Volume 58. Issue 8. Pages 20-31. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy18.noblenet.org/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=mdc&AN=22879313&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Fierheller M, Sibbald R. 2010. A clinical investigation into the relationship between increased periwound skin temperature and local wound infection in patients with chronic leg ulcers. Advances in Skin & Wound Care. [online]. Volume 23, Issue 8. Pages 369–381. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ASW.0000383197.28192.98

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Springle S, Linded M, McKenna D, Davis K, Riordan B. 2001. Clinical Skin Temperature Measurement to Predict Incipient Pressure Ulcers. Advances In Skin Wound Care. Volume 14. Issue 3. Pages 133-7. Available from:

Verhonick P, Lewis DW, Goller HO. Thermography in the study of decubitus ulcers. Nurs Res. 1972; 21(3):233–237.

Bharara M, Cobb JE, Claremont DJ. Thermography and thermometry in the assessment of diabetic neuropathic foot: a case for furthering the role of thermal techniques. Lower Extremity Wounds. 2006;5(4):250–260.

Use of Thermal Imaging to Identify Deep-Tissue Pressure Injury on Admission Reduces Clinical and Financial Burdens of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries
Koerner, Suzanne BSN, RN, CWOCN; Adams, Diane BSN, RN, CWCN; Harper, Scot L. PhD, MD; Black, Joyce M. PhD, RN, FAAN; Langemo, Diane K. PhD, RN, FAAN
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: July 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 7 - p 312–320
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000559613.83195.f9

Sep 18, 2019
Wow great info! Does it only help view dti or how do you determine the stage or depth of injury?
Sep 18, 2019
Elaine Horibe Song
HI Melissa, I'm posting this message on Cathy's behalf:
"For the most part IR only helps view DTI. Currently you cannot stage based on IR but there is ongoing research that shows that IR examination of a DTI can greatly improve with tactile assessment. Please see article below:
Farid K, Winkelman C, Rizkala A, Jones K. 2012. Thermography as an adjunct to visual/tactile assessments in pressure related discoloration in intact skin. Ostomy/Wound Management. [online]. Volume 58. Issue 8. Pages 20-31. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy18.noblenet.org/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=mdc&AN=22879313&site=ehost-live&scope=site."
Sep 18, 2019
* Info provided without clinical evaluation and is not intended as a replacement for in-person consultation with a medical professional.