Pressure Relief Mattress – Benefits to the NHS
There are plenty of reasons an individual can become bedbound. Whether it’s due to injury, sickness or a permanent disability, a pressure relief mattress is crucial in these situations.
How Can A Pressure Relief Mattress Benefit Those Bedbound?
Pressure relief mattresses are specifically designed to support those lying in bed for extended periods of time. Patients that remain in bed for long periods of time are at an increased risk of developing pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers (or bedsores) develop when consistent pressure is applied to an area of the body. Aside from being extremely painful to the afflicted, pressure ulcers can lead to further complications in a patient’s health.
A patient lying on a pressure relief mattress is much less likely to develop pressure ulcers. This is due to the quality of the mattress foam and the way in which it is cut. The Andromeda Hospital Pressure Relief Mattress is formed from combustion modified high resilient foam and features a ‘castellated cut’. This pressure relief mattress is designed to redistribute applied force, thus reliving stress on patient pressure points.
Areas at the highest risk of developing pressure ulcers include on the patient’s coccyx, heels, hips and sacrum. This condition can also occur on the patient’s elbows, ankles, knees, shoulders and back of the cranium however. A pressure relief mattress will help to relieve stress on these prominent and bonier parts of the patient’s body.
What Are Pressure Ulcers?
A pressure ulcer is damage to the skin caused through prolonged pressure and friction on an area of the body. These afflicted areas can become extremely painful for the individual in question and can also lead to further complications. Serious complications such as bladder distension, sepsis, bone infection, pyarthroses, anaemia, gangrene, urethral fistula and amyloidosis have potential to occur. These can lead to life threatening complications, the most common of these being the effects of amyloidosis and kidney failure. To reduce the risk of infection, GB Foams pressure relief mattress features a welded cover which reduces fluid ingress.
A method commonly used to reduce the risk of pressure ulcer development is to regularly rotate the patient. This can be a tiring and stressful ordeal for those involved. Rotation may prove to disturb a resting patient and is likely to cause them discomfort. Rotation restricts the way in which a patient can lay in bed; this could lead to a prolonged recovery period.
How Can A Pressure Relief Mattress Benefit Hospitals?
Some may consider specialised mattresses to be a greater expense to hospitals. A pressure relief mattress however can prove to be ergonomically and economically efficient. A pressure relief mattress from GB Foam is designed to last and features fully replaceable parts. Having fully replaceable and long lasting components reduces the potential for future hospital expenditure.
Our mattresses pressure reduction capability reduces the need for patient rotation. This in turn allows a member of staffs time to be utilised more efficiently and reduces stress on patients.
By reducing the risk of pressure ulcers developing, the risk of further complications is also reduced. Not only can these complications prove to be dangerous, they are also costly to treat. Pressure ulcer development throughout hospitals is known to be extremely high. European prevalence ranges from 8.3% in patients to 23%. Working to reduce this risk will ultimately save the NHS both time and money.
If you’re considering purchasing a pressure relief mattress, be sure to view our NHS Approved Hospital Pressure Relief Mattress for further details and specifications.