Pressure care management is an essential part of any care provision. Equipment selection is critical in both preventing and healing pressure ulcers along with conscientious nursing care. Pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores or bedsores) are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, primarily caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. Extrinsic factors can also include shear (parallel forces caused by effects of gravity), friction and microclimate.
Risk factors include immobility, poor circulation, incontinence, malnourishment, obesity, body temperature and previous tissue damage.
The majority of pressure ulcer occurrence can be prevented by the right combination of care and equipment.
In addition to the horrendous human cost of pressure sores, there’s also a huge financial burden involved; treating pressure ulcers costs the NHS more than £3.8 million every day.
It is therefore important that the right equipment is chosen and the technical specifications are carefully examined before selection. Our team are on hand to talk you through any product details.