Easing bed sores can be extremely difficult for people with restricted mobility. Common wisdom suggests that movement is the best medicine for relieving pressure on affected areas, which is one of the main causes of the condition. This can be a challenge for people who are bedridden, or who use a wheelchair for extended periods of the day. Also, movement can actually aggravate wounds and contribute to the formation of more severe bed sores. Low-friction fabrics subsequently form the basis of most products recommended for bed sore prevention and treatment.
What Causes Bed Sores?
Bed sores are caused by a combination of pressure and friction. When people at-risk of developing bed sores are sedentary for long periods, it puts sustained pressure on parts of the body. This can cut off the skin’s blood supply which causes it to gradually decay. Moving regularly will relieve this pressure, but it also introduces friction which can cause early-stage pressure ulcers to tear and degenerate.
Friction is the force of two surfaces rubbing against one another, for example: a patient’s body and the seat of a wheelchair, or the top of a mattress. We all experience this whenever our skin rubs against a surface; it’s mainly a superficial movement when skin is in a healthy condition. However, when combined with sustained pressure, it can cause what’s known as shearing.
When pressure and friction are combined, it can cause the layers of skin, fat, and muscle to move laterally relative to the bone underneath. This can contribute to bed sore formation and degradation as unhealthy skin may tear, increasing the risk of infection.
How Can Low-Friction Fabrics Help?
Low-friction fabrics help ease bed sores by regulating the friction between a patient’s body and various surfaces. This significantly reduces the risk of bed sores tearing due to shear forces and helps patients maintain a safe adjustment schedule to manage pressure.
Products used to help manage friction typically target commonly affected areas, like the base of the spine and the heels. Medical teams may recommend bedding, bootees, and undergarments to help protect early-stage bed sores from progressing any further, and as a precautionary measure for people that are deemed at risk.
Easing Bed Sores with Parafricta Low-Friction Fabric
Parafricta low-friction fabric is a proprietary material with an extremely low coefficient of friction (0.2). This means it reduces the friction between two surfaces better than many traditional textiles, including satin or silk. It is used to manufacture easy-turn bedsheets that can improve the comfort of patients living with a range of skin conditions, including bed sores. Parafricta bootees and undergarments are also available for more targeted bed sore treatment and prevention, protecting vulnerable areas like the base of the spine, buttocks, and heels. These are all-but-guaranteed to eliminate shear and help ease the discomfort of bed sores.
Parafricta low-friction fabric is an exclusive technology to APA Parafricta Limited, a wound care company established to help ease the pain of people in acute hospitals, care homes, and out in communities. We have demonstrated the effectiveness of the technology in several studies, but it was also critical to us that these products be cost-effective and reusable to ensure those suffering from bed sores are receiving a high-quality product that continues to provide relief for extended periods of time.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from bed sores, contact a member of the Parafricta team today to find out how we can help.