In approximately 1995, the forerunner of the current DECU-STICK was developed by F.W.A. van Asbeck, MD, PhD, specialist in rehabilitation medicine, as a quick, inexpensive, and reliable way to follow the healing of pressure ulcers in spinal cord injury patients admitted to De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation Centre, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Because this method turned out to be a practical solution, and other institutions also wanted to use it in their wards, outpatient clinics, or at home, the DECU-STICK was developed to its present form. For wound care at home, results can be discussed with a wound care specialist in the hospital or rehabilitation centre on the basis of the Wound Treatment Registration Form.

Although the DECU-STICK is designed to follow the healing of a pressure ulcer of individual patients, the anonymous data collected form a rich source for research on pressure ulcer healing. The first publication based on these data was published in 2015 (Reference 6). Hopefully, more studies will follow making use of these data. In addition, different consecutive treatment modalities of the same pressure ulcer can be compared with this method. DECU-STICK data are defined conform the “International Spinal Cord Injury Skin and Thermoregulation Basic Data Set (Version 1.1)” (Reference 7). So comparing with other wound measurement data, collected conform this data set, is possible.

DECU-STICK™ is the intellectual property of the non-profit “Measurement for Knowledge Foundation”. In 2018 this web-side is handed over to the “Dutch Flemish Spinal Cord Society” (DUFCoS). The DUFCoS maintains the website www.decu-stick.org as part of her own website.

Although the information on this website was selected with the greatest possible care, and that in more than 1,000 measurements with the DECU-STICK no damage was ever established, neither the “Measurement for Knowledge Foundation”, nor the DUFCoS, nor the officers or officials of both organisations, nor the webmaster, nor the manufacturer, nor the distributor accept liability for any damage allegedly caused by using the DECU-STICK. The DECU-STICK is to be used only by qualified health professionals and its use subject to their clinical judgment of each individual patient. If DECU-STICK is used by carers at home, they may only do so after proper instruction by a health professional on the risks of the method. A health professional, by using the DECU-STICK himself or herself, or by instructing carers at home on how to use it, accepts full responsibility for any damage caused by the DECU-STICK. See also the “General conditions”: Algemene voorwaarden


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  6. Asbeck FW van, Post MW. . Bedside prediction of the progress of pressure ulcer healing in Spinal Cord Injury patients using the “Decu-stick”. Spinal Cord 2015; 53: 539-543.
  7. International Spinal Cord Injury Skin and Thermoregulation Basic Data Set (Version 1.1) - 2016.09.21. https://www.iscos.org.uk/international-sci-skin-and-thermoregulation-function-data-sets

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