Mobility Aids

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.

Mobility Aids

Mobility Aid solutions help you keep safe.

We strive to protect the safety of patients and to provide relevant information to staff quickly with our solutions, which are suitable for hospitals, aged care institutions, and private homes.

Nursing staff and caregivers are kept informed of patient movement using Proximate Nurse Call’s motion detection technology. Various pressure-relieving gadgets, beds, and chairs can be fitted with them.

Providing a safe and supportive environment for the patient while they sleep, our roll-out beds help define sleeping arrangements.

By empowering nurses, we set the standard for early detection and prevent falls and injuries.

Mattresses that are low to the ground can mean the difference between a minor trauma and serious injury. Patients may be able to get on and off their beds with assistance from our beds.

The training and guidance that we provide on appropriately using our goods will benefit patients as well as extend the life of the equipment.

WHAT WE OFFER

Our Mobility Aid solutions.

EDUCATION

Leading the charge in the field of mobility aid education.

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.

EDUCATION

Pressure Injury

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:

  1. Immobility
  2. Restricted posture: constant sitting or lying down
  3. Impaired sensation: inability to feel pain or discomfort due to nerve ending damage
  4. Incontinence: constant skin exposure to moisture causes skin irritation and damage
  5. Poor nutrition
  6. Obesity: immobility with extra weight pressure on certain areas
  7. Circulatory disorders: reduced blood flow to skin areas
  8. Smoking: it slows blood flow and healing process

Stages of PI:

  1. Non-blanchable erythema
  2. Partial thickness skin loss
  3. Full thickness skin loss
  4. 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-

    1. Regular change in position
    2. Use of specialised mattresses, beds, cushions and/or devices to reduce and off-load pressure, i.e. alternating air mattresses
    3. Maintenance of healthy diet and nutrition
    4. Increased fluid intake
    5. Sore kept moist and the surrounding area dry with proper dressings
    6. Prevention of infection
    7. Surgical removal of damaged tissue
    8. Operations to close wound using skin drafts

Frequently asked questions.

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