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DermaTherapy Bedding specialist bedding helping ease Pressure Sores


Pressure Sores

Anyone can get a pressure sore if they remain immobile for
extended periods of time. Moisture which accumulates under a
person in bed can increase the friction between the bed sheet
and the person and can accelerate abrasion to the skin, causing
it to be more prone to damage and potential infection.

DermaTherapy bedding helps relieve some of the main causes
of pressure sores.

Why it’s effective

DermaTherapy bedding is specially designed to minimise friction between itself and the skin, whether damp or dry. Skin slides smoothly across the sleep surface to minimise abrasion. There are no short fibres in the bedding to irritate the skin which is in contrast to cotton bedding which has millions of tiny loose fibres that protrude from the surface of the bedding and can rub against sensitive skin.

Cotton bedding absorbs moisture quickly but it pools where it comes into contact with theskin, making drying by evaporation a long drawn out process. During this time the dampness of the fabric increases its frictional properties making it more difficult for the patient to move over the surface and increasing irritation. By contrast, the wicking properties of DermaTherapy bedding spread the moisture rapidly over the entire area of the sheet. The sheet dries far more quickly than cotton and this minimises any friction – making the sheet smooth and comfortable.

DermaTherapy bedding incorporates a durable antimicrobial finish that helps to maintain fabric freshness by eliminating odours caused by bacteria and fungi. The bedding stays fresher and cleaner for a longer time between washes. DermaTherapy is highly effective in reducing the levels of micro-organisms important to skin care, such as Staph. Aureus, Staph. Epidermidis and E. Coli. Cotton sheets offer no such protection against these organisms. The antimicrobial does not migrate onto the skin so there is no major risk of resistant bacteria or sensitivity reactions developing.

Finally, DermaTherapy bedding incorporates a “soil release” finish that aids the removal of oily stains and other fluids that might otherwise remain in conventional bedding even after high temperature washing with strong detergents. DermaTherapy bedding is designed to withstand high temperature washes, if required, making it suitable for both home and institutional use.

DermaTherapy bedding creates the ideal smooth, non-irritating sleep surface for more comfortable sleep and reduced trauma to sensitive skin.

What causes pressure wounds?

Mechanical Environmental
  • Shear
  • Friction
  • Pressure
  • Tissue Deformation
 
  • Moisture
  • Temperature
  • Load Duration
  • Aging of the skin & Posture

“Pressure-relieving support surfaces should not only redistribute pressure,
but also control the microclimate.”

 
US National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, 11th Annual Conference, February 27-28, 2009 “How does pressure, shear, friction and microclimate lead to ulceration?”, Dr. Steve Reger
Report of a Study of DermaTherapy in Pressure Sores
DermaTherapy Bedding was compared with standard hospital bedding in 307 patients with kidney failure and a high risk of pressure wound development over a six month period. The patients were divided into 2 groups. 153 patients were randomised to DermaTherapy sheets and 154 were randomised to standard hospital sheets.
Control Group
Evaluated standard hospital bedding, on 154 patients
  DermaTherapy Group
Evaluated DermaTherapy bedding on 153 patients
 
Study Objective: To Investigate the Prevention of Pressure Wounds.

The study evaluated:
  • Reduction in friction, shear, and pressure damage to the skin
  • Reduction in maceration and skin fold breakdown, where the bedding, helps protect moist skin folds caused by sweat and incontinence.

The results for the DermaTherapy group were compared with the control group.

Study Results

 

Development of Pressure Wounds   62% Fewer Wounds Developed with DermaTherapy.
Resolution of Pressure Wounds   90% more wounds were resolved with DermaTherapy.
Wounds at discharge   39.6% fewer wounds were found with DermaTherapy at discharge from Hospital.
Length of Stay (Days)   Hospital stays were on average 11.0% or 0.65 days less with DermaTherapy.
 
Conclusions
  • DermaTherapy helps control the microclimate (moisture, shear, and friction) between patients’ skin and support surfaces, thereby reducing the potential for pressure wounds
  • DermaTherapy has the potential to contribute to better healthcare outcomes and lower overall treatment costs
      • Lower healthcare costs at rehab units and nursing homes
      • Reduced number of at-risk patients returning to the hospital
  • DermaTherapy may offer similar positive results in other areas at risk for pressure wounds, as well as areas affected by hospital-acquired infections.
  • Data on file. Espere Healthcare Ltd


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    after my operation, a good
    nights sleep thanks to
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    Mr B, Bedford

     

     


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