What is a pressure ulcer?
Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are damage to the skin and other tissues caused by unrelieved pressure.1 The risk for developing these sores is greater in folks who are immobile and incontinent.2 Developing a pressure ulcer can be dangerous and costly, making pressure ulcer prevention an important part of any care routine.
What causes a tailbone, or sacral pressure ulcer?
The sacrum, or tailbone, is the #1 area for pressure ulcer development.3 There are many risk factors for pressure ulcers, including reduced mobility or immobility, moisture, friction and shear, age, vascular disease, and level of consciousness.4
How can I prevent a tailbone, or sacral pressure ulcer?
While some of these risk factors, such as age, vascular disease, and level of consciousness are hard or impossible to control, pressure, moisture, friction and shear can be addressed with a positioning device that helps manage these four risk factors.
The Prevalon Turn and Position System 2.0 stays under the patient to help reduce the risk of pressure ulcer development. The system helps to keep the sacrum off the surface of the mattress, also known as offloading. By offloading the sacrum, the Prevalon Turn and Position System 2.0 helps reduce pressure.
The Glide Sheet helps to reduce friction by transferring the friction so that is exists between the Glide Sheet and the bed, rather than the bed and the skin. When the Anchor Wedges are placed, the system helps reduce shear by allowing the person and system to move as one. This results in the force is redistributed to protect the skin
The Glide Sheet is also made from a breathable material, which helps manage moisture. The M2 Microclimate Body Pads contain 4 layers to pull moisture away from the patient's skin and trap it while still being breathable to help control heat.
References: 1. Getting started kit: prevent pressure ulcers, how-to guide. Protecting 5 Million Lives From Harm Campaign, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. 2006 Dec. 2. Maklebust J, Magnan MA, Adv Wound Care. Nov 1994;7(6):25,27-8,31-4 passim. 3. Amlung SR, Miller WL, Bosley LM, Adv Skin Wound Care. Nov/Dec 2001;14(6):297-301. 4. Clinical Practice Guidelines: the use of pressure-relieving devices (beds, mattresses and overlays) for the prevention of pressure ulcers, 2010, pp14-15, 21.