One of the topics which gets our team very emotive when talking about our chairs is pressure sores. Pressure sores, which are unfortunately common in the elderly and those confined to beds due to loss of mobility, are incredibly painful and can be life threatening. Spending too much time in one position can lead to too much pressure on a particular area of the body – often the patient’s back, tailbone, head, shoulders and legs.
Over the years there have been some incredible advancements in the way pressure sores are both prevented and treated. There are a few ways which pressure sores can be prevented including regular position changes, good hygiene and skin care, and a healthy diet. The focus on this article is on regular position changes and how our chairs can assist in both avoiding and relieving pressure sores.
The Ability to Change Position
Patients who are bed-ridden or confined to a wheelchair and are unable to change position are at higher risk of developing pressure sores (Maklebust & Sieggreeen, 2000). The recommendation is to change a patients position every 1-2 hours around the clock – alternating the side a patient is placed on and from their back to their stomach.
Our range of Comfort Recliners, Care Chairs and HILO Seating all include a diverse range of positioning options. This means that as a carer, you will have the ability to easily relieve pressure on certain areas of the body by being able to recline the backrest, tilt the seat, adjust the legrest and position a patient to a point of comfort. This allows the patient to maintain social interaction – an important part of their recovery. Our goal is to keep patients as comfortable as possible on their journey, which includes limiting the development of pressure sores (Wound Care, 2001).
Inbuilt Pressure Care System and Upholstery Cover
We are proud of the pressure care system we have developed in aim of reducing pressure sores. Our range of seating has a self-adjusting air back with lumbar plus a gel seat incorporated with a variety of premium foam. Our anti-sheer polysoft has a multi-stretch surface to aid in avoiding friction on the skin.
Pressure sores are much easier to prevent than to heal. Our seating is designed to assist in distribution of pressure across the body to avoid sores developing. Our Multicush seating system includes a combination of self-adjusting air backs with lumbar or a gel seat incorporated with a variety of premium foams. We also offer low recovery / VISCO style foam options. Our team can help guide your specific needs to best suit the patient.
If you would like to find out more about the difference that our chairs can make to someone you care for or the way you care for them, please speak with our team on 1800 044 012.
Maklebust, J & Sieggreen, M. (2000). Pressure Ulcers – Guidelines for Prevention and Management. Springhouse Cooporation.
Nibbe, D. (2001). Quick Study Health – Wound Care. Edited by Patrice Taylor, RN.