Analysis of Moisture and Sebum of the Skin for Monitoring Wound Healing in Older Nursing Home Residents

Wei Cheng Shen, Yih Kuen Jan, Chi Wen Lung, Aqo Anastian, Chang Wei Hsieh, Hsu Tang Cheng, Yin Yin Liao, Ben Yi Liau

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Abstract

Pressure ulcers are a common problem among older nursing home residents. Wound healing monitoring in these older residents causes intensive significant workload for nurses. Moisture and sebum of the skin are critical factors during wound healing which can observations for nurses quick and handy. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relation between moisture and sebum of the skin during wound healing in older people. The data of moisture and sebum was observed for four times in sequence biweekly from the sacrum region of eighteen subjects. Based on the wound healing status, the subjects were grouped into the wound healing, wound non-healing, and non-wound groups. The wound area was calculated by manually tracing the wound area in captured images using the Image-J. Ulcer area were median correlation with moisture (r =.61) and sebum (r = −.60) in the wound healing group. The moisture was also significantly correlated with sebum (r =.89, p <.05) in the wound non-healing group. Increasing moisture and decreasing sebum may be associated with wound healing among older nursing home residents. Our findings showed that moisture and sebum of human skin can be used to predict wound healing status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Physical, Social and Occupational Ergonomics - Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conferences on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, Social and Occupational Ergonomics and Cross-Cultural Decision Making
EditorsWaldemar Karwowski, Ravindra S. Goonetilleke, Shuping Xiong, Richard H.M. Goossens, Atsuo Murata
PublisherSpringer
Pages177-182
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783030515485
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
EventAHFE Virtual Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, the Virtual Conference on Social and Occupational Ergonomics, and the Virtual Conference on Cross-Cultural Decision Making, 2020 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jul 16 2020Jul 20 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1215 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE Virtual Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, the Virtual Conference on Social and Occupational Ergonomics, and the Virtual Conference on Cross-Cultural Decision Making, 2020
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period7/16/207/20/20

Keywords

  • Bedsores
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Sacrum region
  • Soft tissue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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