Pressure Injuries Are Pervasive and Urgent Issues

The clinical, economic and humanistic burdens are significant. In the United States alone:

60K

Patients die from pressure injuries every year1

$26.8B

is spent on hospital-acquired pressure injuries — 59% of which stem from Stage III and IV events1

76%

of patients with pressure injuries experience pain stemming from these conditions2

A physician supports a patient’s bandaged wrist in a hospital setting

What are Pressure Injury Risk Factors?5

Both environmental and patient pressure injury risk factors come into play:5

  • Skin status
  • Mobility limitations
  • Perfusion, circulation or oxygenation factors
  • Moisture
  • Body temperature
  • Nutrition limits
  • Sensory perception limits
  • Older age
A nurse supports a patient’s hand while taking an SpO2 reading in an ICU setting

How Can You Support Pressure Injury Prevention?

Surface selection is an integral component of pressure injury treatment and prevention strategies. Choosing the right surface for your patient that helps manage heat, moisture, pressure, shear and friction-  the leading causes of pressure injuries.

But, not all surfaces are created equally. That’s why the NPIAP developed the S3i surface testing standards to help hospitals make better informed decisions when selecting the right surface for patients.

The right surface should help:

An icon illustrates moisture in a hospital bed

Reduce Moisture

Reducing skin hydration may reduce the risk of moisture-associated pressure injuries.6

An icon illustrates common pressure injury locations on patient lying in hospital bed

Manage Pressure

Managing the pressure load over the contact areas of the body helps disburse pressure away from the bony prominences where pressure injuries often occur.

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Minimize Migration

Minimizing migration in bed is critical to helping reduce shear, which can lead to hospital-acquired pressure injuries.

For Better Pressure Injury Prevention, Rethink Your Surfaces

We offer a portfolio of innovative technology to deliver superior pressure and moisture management for optimal healing and prevention – designed and validated using S3i testing standards.

Keep a Watchful Eye

Keep your patients on the path to recovery with the right intelligence. Along with pressure injury prevention, smart solutions for continuous patient monitoring and incontinence management can help you ensure you have the best solutions to help keep your patients safe.

Help Detect Potential Patient Deterioration

with contact-free, continuous monitoring

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Manage Patient Incontinence

with immediate detection and discrete caregiver alerts

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References
  1. Padula WV, Pronovost PJ, Makic MBF, Wald HL, Moran D, Mishra MK, Meltzer DO. Value of hospital resources for effective pressure injury prevention: a cost-effectiveness analysis. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019 Feb;28(2):132-141.
  2. McGinnis E, Briggs M, Collinson M, et al. Pressure ulcer related pain in community populations: a prevalence survey. BMC Nurs. 2014 Jun 21;13:16.
  3. Adopted from European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel, and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline. The International Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.). EPUAP/NPIAP/PPPIA: 2019.
  4. Lachenbruch C, Tzen YT, Brienza DM, Karg PE, Lachenbruch PA. The relative contributions of interface pressure, shear stress, and temperature on tissue ischemia: a cross-sectional pilot study. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2013 Mar;59(3):25-34.
  5. Lustig M, Wiggermann N, Gefen A. How patient migration in bed affects the sacral soft tissue loading and thereby the risk for a hospital-acquired pressure injury. Int Wound J. 2020 Jun;17(3):631-640.
  6. Byrne DW, Salzberg CA. Major risk factors for pressure ulcers in the spinal cord disabled: a literature review. Spinal Cord. 1996 May;34(5):255-63.
  7. Hess CT. Did you know? The difference between friction and shear. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2004;17(5):222.
  8. Martinez, B. P. et al. Influence of different degrees of head elevation on respiratory mechanics in mechanically ventilated patients. Rev Bras Ter Intensiva 27, 347–352 (2015).
  9. Spooner, A. J. et al. Head-of-Bed Elevation Improves End-Expiratory Lung Volumes in Mechanically Ventilated Subjects: A Prospective Observational Study. Respiratory Care. 2014:59;1583–1589.
  10. Hillrom Data on file.