Support Surfaces for Skin Grafts and Flaps: A Scoping Review
By Kevin Y. Woo, PhD, RN, FAPWCA
Skin grafts and flaps are an effective and common surgical procedure used in the treatment of certain wound types, including pressure ulcers. The treatment of post-surgical flap and graft patients requires vigilant care to ensure the success of the procedure.
This white paper offers an overview of skin graft and flap procedures in the treatment of pressure ulcers, and will provide a scoping review of literature examining the relative effectiveness of low air loss and high air loss support surfaces in the treatment of this patient population.
This review of available published literature includes a wide range of evidence and addresses such factors as:
Support surface characteristics for patient mobility and comfort
Post-surgical care complications and patient population challenges
Wound healing rates and pressure-related wound development
Relative cost of treatment based on the selected support surface