A Yorkshire healthcare provider is working alongside Huddersfield University to investigate and improve pressure care equipment.
Innova Care Concepts, which supplies the NHS and private sector with specialist equipment, is working with researchers to test the firm’s Somlent mattress and pump range against other solutions on the market.
The products are Innova’s flagship pressure care solutions and bosses hope they could help reduce the NHS’s £4m annual spend on pressure injuries.
The most recent round of tests was carried out at The Future Metrology Hub, which is part of the School of Computing and Engineering.
The researchers carried out extensive body mapping tests which entailed laying on the mattresses for a long period of time whilst they measure the distribution of body weight.
There was also a panel discussion that checked every aspect of the selected equipment against British healthcare standards and regulations.
The study then tested the hardware of the mattresses themselves, including the noise levels created by the pump and the integrity of the mattress covers. Innova’s Somlent range was then tested against other mattresses that are being used in hospitals and other care environments.
Further research was gathered in care facilities all around the UK, as a number of products were trialled and tested with patients themselves.
Sales director and pressure care specialist, Joe Hulbert, said: “It’s great for us to be working toward a common goal of eradicating pressure injuries in healthcare.
“Not only has this given us as equipment suppliers actual evidence that our products are at the cutting-edge of research and technology, but it’s also allowed us to further improve our mattresses and carry-out continuous product development with expert opinions and input.”
Pressure ulcers and other injuries are caused when patients cannot move or reposition over a long time to redistribute their body weight. Pressure builds up when you don’t move, and it eventually prevents oxygen from reaching the skin.
The lack of oxygen causes skin cells to die and wounds to form on the epidermal surface. As you can imagine, treating these open wounds is incredibly painful and expensive.
A campaign was launched by the NHS in 2012 to address the severity and spread awareness of pressure injuries across the country. Since then, our team has developed new specialist air mattresses, cushions, and other products that will help to reduce these pressure build-ups.
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