Pressure ulcers are painful injuries that can range in severity from sensitive areas of skin to open lesions that require surgery. They are sadly common in older populations and disproportionately affect those who are sedentary for long periods of time. As you might expect, therefore, many patients who are admitted to hospitals for fairly long stays or those in nursing homes are at increased risk of developing new pressure ulcers.
Pressure Ulcer Development: The Facts & Figures
According to NHS England, an average of 2,000 new pressure ulcers develop every single month. These often occur after invasive surgeries (i.e. hip replacements) or extremely debilitating injuries (i.e. spinal injuries). In fact, those who suffer a spinal injury are 20 – 30% more likely to develop pressure ulcers in the following five years. The actual cost and emotional toll of this is significant too, as patients over the age of 75 who develop a pressure ulcer in hospital have their stays extended by an average of ten days.
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Plenty of resources have been put into finding new ways of preventing pressure ulcers and treating them more effectively once they have developed. Conventional wisdom involves moving patients often to reduce sustained pressure on affected areas and using specialised cushions to relieve pressure during sedentary periods. Recently, however, a greater focus has been put on reducing friction and shear; additional contributing factors to pressure ulcer development.
By limiting the amount of friction generated when patients move, it is possible to reduce the shearing of tissue with low blood saturation due to pressure, which is ultimately what causes skin to tear and pressure injuries to deteriorate.
At Parafricta®, we offer a range of low-friction pressure ulcer products that can effectively help patients ease discomfort at home.
Using a proprietary silk-like fabric, Parafricta® bedding offers all-round protection to vulnerable areas of skin on the body, including locations typically affected by pressure injuries such as the shoulders, elbows, lower back, and buttocks. The low friction properties of our cushion covers and fitted sheets aid mobility by mitigating friction and all but eliminating shear during repositioning.
Booties based on our novel low-friction fabric are specifically designed to combat the breakdown of tissue on the feet, particularly the heels. These are available in either an easy slip-on style or with adjustable Velcro straps for secure closure.
The sacrum, buttocks, and hips are among the most common areas where pressure ulcers develop, particularly in those who are bedbound or who rely on a wheelchair for mobility. Parafricta® undergarments enable easier, more comfortable movements from surfaces like the edge of a bed or seat of a wheelchair while all but eliminating shearing forces. They are ideally used as a supplementary pressure ulcer product for a robust repositioning routine established by your care team.
Parafricta: Helping Ease Pressure Ulcer Discomfort
At Parafricta®, we do not offer medical advice and would always advise you to discuss the use of our pressure ulcer products with your care team before making any purchases. Yet we are confident in our ability to help reduce the discomfort that so many people across the UK are experiencing due to pressure related injuries.
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