Beds, overlays and mattresses for preventing and treating pressure ulcers: an overview of Cochrane reviews and network meta-analysis

This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (overview). The objectives are as follows:

To summarise evidence from Cochrane Reviews that assessed the effect of beds, overlays and mattresses on reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers and on increasing pressure ulcer healing in any setting and population.

To assess the relative effects of beds, overlays and mattresses for reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers and increasing pressure ulcer healing in any setting and population.

To rank beds, overlays and mattresses in order of their effectiveness in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment (in terms of healing).

This is a protocol.