Two Wales-based companies have targeted the issue of pressure ulcers with the use of technology-enabled systems.
Pressure ulcers can form in as little as two hours and dealing with a patient who is suffering with them can cost up to £14,000. The products, a mattress and a 3D camera, have been designed to prevent and detect bedsores.
One Wrexham-based mattress company, Cloudcair, says it has devised a system that can move a patient every 10 minutes, to reduce the risks of a user developing pressure ulcers, according to a BBC report.
The company claims it is the world’s first smart pressure care mattress system.
“The main innovation is that it is internet connected, which means we can remotely diagnose the bed as it is under the patient, and remote alarm,” said Cloudcair’s Jeremy Jones, as reported by the BBC. “The unit will send that message directly to the response centre either at the hospital or to a third party.
Another development is using 3D cameras to measure and monitor wounds. The 3D camera from firm GPC, based at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Sciences, has also been adopted by health care services in Taiwan and Australia.
“You can never underestimate the patient experience with pressure ulcers,” said Paula Lawrence, a specialist nurse at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. “It impacts severely on their quality of life – often leading to patients feeling isolated, embarrassed, and there is a considerable economic hardship associated with the development of pressure ulcers.”