British Paralympian, Karen Darke, has appeared in a series of videos giving her take on the issue of pressure ulcers and solutions to combat them.
Pressure ulcers are common among wheelchair users and cost the NHS millions each year.
Speaking to BBI Europe Ltd, a company campaigning to challenge the growing pressure ulcer problem in the UK, Darke shared her experience of pressure ulcers and what she does now to avoid them.
She said: “The times I’ve been worried about developing a pressure ulcer is awful as your life literally has to stop. You have to cancel everything, cancel all commitments.
“It literally means shutting your life down and calling friends to help you with daily things. It means putting my life on hold and that’s emotionally quite distressing.”
Prevention is key with pressure ulcers – where a timely intervention can reverse the damage and prevent redness at the skin level.
BBI’s SEM Scanner is designed to alert a healthcare practitioner to increased risk of pressure ulcers up to five days before the usual visual skin assessments health care practitioners usually undertake.