Lightweight adaptable wheelchair suitable for full-time users and is designed for maximum practicality and adjustability.
It is important to us at JB Medical that your mobility aids equipment is safe and in good working condition.
At JB Medical, we recognise the importance of mobility aids equipment and its vital role in reducing injury, reducing physical and legal risks, as well as safeguarding the health of patients.
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We at JB Medical are committed to providing our clients with the best possible use of our equipment. By providing instructions on how to use our products correctly, not only will patients benefit from better outcomes, but also the equipment’s lifespan will be extended.
Pressure injuries (PI) or sores are damaged areas to the skin and underlying tissue caused by constant pressure or friction in one area to individuals with reduced mobility. PI are quite prevalent in the healthcare setting such as hospitals. In one-year period (2015-16), there were 4,313 pressure injuries recorded in Australian hospitals (ACSQHC 2018). The cost of treating hospital-acquired pressure injuries is AU$983 million (or 1.9% of all public hospital expenditure) within Australian public hospitals, and this presents a large economic and healthcare burden (Team et al., 2020). PI at the sacrum/coccyx (20-41%) and heels (16-27%) are the most common sites (Team et al., 2020).
The global prevalence of PI in acute care settings is 6% to 18.5% (Team et al., 2020). For those who are immobile, such as intensive care setting, this rate increases (11.5 – 32.7%) (Team et al., 2020).
Risk factors for PI:
- Restricted posture: constant sitting or lying down
- Impaired sensation: inability to feel pain or discomfort due to nerve ending damage
- Incontinence: constant skin exposure to moisture causes skin irritation and damage
- Poor nutrition
- Obesity: immobility with extra weight pressure on certain areas
- Circulatory disorders: reduced blood flow to skin areas
- Smoking: it slows blood flow and healing process
Stages of PI:
- Non-blanchable erythema
- Partial thickness skin loss
- Full thickness skin loss
- Partial thickness tissue loss
Prevention of pressure sores
Pressure injuries are difficult to treat and can lead to serious complications. Individuals who are immobile ≥2 hours are considered at risk for PIs.If an individual is confined to a bed or chair for a period of time, it is important to be pressure injury risk aware. One approach is to use pressure offloading surfaces such as special mattresses and seat cushions to help provide pressure relief by evenly distributing the pressure.
Additionally, skin assessment may provide some signs of pressure sores. Some measures to ensure that pressure injuries are prevented- Regular posture changes, ensuring skin is kept dry with good hygiene and skin care practices, increased fluid intake to reduce dehydration, use of appropriate equipment, use of proper clothing and bedsheets to reduce friction, and reduce the incidence of sliding up and down chairs and beds to reduce shearing forces on skin.
Pressure injury monitoring devices (e.g. pressure sensing mats) could also measure skin moisture content, body motion and pressure in between to warn of any build up of pressure.
Treatment for pressure injuries
Treatments are presented to manage and promote healing-
- Regular change in position
- Use of specialised mattresses, beds, cushions and/or devices to reduce and off-load pressure, i.e. alternating air mattresses
- Maintenance of healthy diet and nutrition
- Increased fluid intake
- Sore kept moist and the surrounding area dry with proper dressings
- Prevention of infection
- Surgical removal of damaged tissue
- Operations to close wound using skin drafts
Frequently asked questions.
Although major advances have been made in the prevention of pressure injuries, a large fraction of patients still suffer from pressure injuries.
Most of these injuries can be prevented if the proper equipment is used. As a result of friction or continuous pressure, a pressure sore can form. Elderly people are more likely to suffer this type of injury, but anyone who is confined to bed for a long time is at risk. An injury caused by pressure is painful, and it affects the health and rehabilitation of the patient. They can result in long-term incapacity or even death in the worst-case scenario.
Patients with limited mobility are at risk for developing pressure sores because they can develop quickly, are difficult to heal, and can be more susceptible to infection. Pressure injuries are a serious problem for patients and many problems can result. And that’s why it’s imperative that providers provide the correct pressure care solutions to keep patients safe and comfortable.
JB Medical offer a range of flexible and effective treatment solutions. In addition to in-bed support, we also offer in-chair support for patients of various ages and sizes.
In-Chair Support – It is crucial to relieve pressure both while awake and while asleep. If a patient is seated, they need to move around frequently to prevent pressure ulcers. Additionally, our out-of-bed support cushions are also ideal for use in chairs to support specific areas periodically.
- Both patients and employees benefit from our mattresses.
- Patients’ postures can be easily adjusted by pressing a button.
- Dressing changes can be done without lifting or moving.
- You can automatically cycle the weight of your patient by changing modes.
- Infections are less likely to spread when the mattress cover is up to date.
With over 30 years combined industry experience JB Medical have proven customer satisfaction as providing innovative product solutions and advice.