PRESSURE CARE EQUIPMENT

Every day, half a million people in Australia are impacted by pressure-related injuries.

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).

Pressure Care

Innovative ways to reduce pressure injuries

We guarantee that your team has the technical expertise to get the most out of our devices and, as a result, provide optimum patient care by delivering Pressure Care Product Training.

We look for items that use science and creativity to provide solutions for pressure injuries.

Our foam and alternating air pressure mattresses provide in-bed support and aid in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

We provide a variety of adaptable and efficient pressure care options. For patients of various ages and sizes, we provide both in-bed and in-chair assistance.

Obesity and Australia’s ageing population are contributing to the rise in pressure sores and ulcers, which is why we’re working to improve pressure care solutions.

Our sitting support cushions may be utilised to give periodic respite to specific regions while the patient is awake, since pressure relief is also required.

WHAT WE OFFER

Our pressure care solutions.

Risk Factors for PI

Our first focus at JB Medical is assisting our customers in getting the most out of their medical equipment. Not only will patients benefit from improved results if we provide instruction and advice on how to use our goods correctly, but the equipment’s lifetime will be extended as well.

  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

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
Treatment for Pressure Injuries

Sources

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) (2018). Hospital-Acquired Complication: Pressure Injury. Pg 1-10

Team, V., Tuck, M., Reeves, J., Way, M., Enticott, J., Evans, S. a& Weller, C. D. (2020) Pressure injury data in Australian acute care settings: A comparison of three data sets. Int Wound J, 17:578-586.

Better Health Channel, Victorian Government. Pressure sores. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pressure-sores (accessed Aug 2021).

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.

Roho Mattress

EDUCATION

Leading the charge in the field of pressure care education.

Our first focus at JB Medical is assisting our customers in getting the most out of their medical equipment. Not only will patients benefit from improved results if we provide instruction and advice on how to use our goods correctly, but the equipment’s lifetime will be extended as well.

pressure beds

Frequently asked questions.

Menu