An app about pressure ulcers and their prevention, with a tool to calculate pressure ulcer risk.
|Pressure Ulcer Guide
||By Patient Data Science
- Information and education
- Pressure ulcer risk calculator
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- collect medical information? No
- require a login? No
- have password protection? No
- require internet access? No
Free (basic); paid (upgrade)
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What does the app do?
The Pressure Ulcer Guide app provides information about pressure ulcers and has tips on how to prevent them. The app has an inbuilt calculator to determine pressure ulcer risk based on the Braden score. The app has a free version and a paid upgrade. Overall the app has some useful information but is poorly designed and gives a substandard user experience, eg, there is little guidance on how to use the inbuilt calculator. For the complete app description, go to Google Play or, for a more detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Generally accurate information about pressure ulcers and their prevention.
✔ Inbuilt pressure ulcer risk calculator (Braden Score) but no information about how to use it appropriately.
✔ The paid version has links to YouTube videos on the topic of pressure ulcers, eg, a series by Dr John Campbell.
✘ The information provided is not comprehensive.
✘ Last updated 5 years ago.
✘ Frequent grammatical errors.
✘ Some of the links to YouTube videos in the paid version no longer work.
✘ The information is generally geared towards prevention rather than treatment of pressure ulcers.
Date of review: January 2020
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 7.59 MB
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Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, RNZCGP
Date of review: January 2020
Comments: This app, last updated 5 years ago, provides generally accurate but non-comprehensive information about pressure ulcers and their prevention (but less so about treatment). The paid version provides images with better resolution and links to free YouTube videos (some of which are no longer working). The app also has an inbuilt calculator to determine pressure ulcer risk (Braden Score). However, it does not explain how to use the tool appropriately and, in fact, pressure ulcer risk assessment tools are no better than clinical judgement. One study concluded that resources are better spent on “careful daily skin inspection and improving management targeted at specific risks”.1
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Relevant; no issues of concern.
- Webster J, Coleman K, Mudge A, et al. Pressure ulcers: effectiveness of risk-assessment tools. A randomised controlled trial (the ULCER trial) BMJ Quality & Safety 2011;20:297-306.