2018 marked a significant milestone for Trulife –we celebrated 60 years manufacturing. Over the course of that time, we have focused on creating innovative products that make a real difference to healthcare professionals and the patients behind the products.
Pressurecare is something that we feel very strongly about – we first began to work in this field in 1995. Our pressurecare range is designed to help prevent pressure-related injuries, nerve damage and provide optimal access to the surgical site.
Despite a lot of discussion and awareness campaigns such as the annual Stop Pressure Ulcer Day, pressure ulcers are still a common problem within the ICU and surgical environment and they remain a cause for serious concern within the wider healthcare system.
According to a recent study “pressure ulcers affect largely the intensive care patients and its prevalence has been reported to exceed 28%, especially in aging. It has been suggested that patients attending intensive care units (ICU), often have higher prevalence rates of pressure ulcers and length of stay compared to other hospitalized patients.”
With that in mind, we are launching a new range, designed specifically for positioning in the ICU and surgical environment called the Elite Foam Positioners range. The function of the range is to aid positioning and help prevent pressure sores. This lightweight range is designed for multi-purpose use, whilst offering stability and comfort.
One of the most exciting new products from the Elite Positioners range is our new ARDS Prone Pad System.
After comprehensive feedback from customers and hospitals, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) became a hot topic of conversation. This led to our Research and Development team carrying out extensive research in the area.
ARDS occurs when fluid builds up in the small, elastic air sacs (alveoli) in a person’s lungs. The fluid keeps their lungs from filling with enough air, which in turn means that less oxygen reaches the bloodstream. This deprives the person’s organs of the correct levels of oxygen that they need to function correctly.
ARDS typically occurs in people who are already critically ill or who have serious injuries. Severe shortness of breath, the main symptom of ARDS, usually develops within a few hours to a few days after the precipitating injury or infection.
Although there is no direct cure for ARDS, treatment can focus heavily on patient welfare and supportive care. During the development of the ARDS Prone Pad System, patient care was central.
The ARDS Prone Pad System has been ergonomically and anatomically designed to align the patient in the prone position and encourage respiratory function. The prone position is used to improve oxygenation due to its supportive care on the lungs and in recent years it has become increasingly important in intensive care.
The American Thoracic Society estimates that approximately 150,000-200,000 Americans will be diagnosed with ARDS each year. Worldwide, that number is approximately 2.2 million. ARDS mortality rates in recent years have decreased from 70% to less than 40%, however, it still carries a high risk with 30-35% of patients dying as a result of ARDS or its complications.
Patients who have ARDS are often bedridden or sedated for an extensive period of time; therefore, the pressure relieving properties of the ARDS Prone Pad System decreases the risk of a patient acquiring decubitus ulcers and reduces the threat of tissue break down.
Patient positioning is regarded as a standard of care in the medical field and comes with important responsibilities. Positioning is associated with stabilizing the patient to prevent inadvertent movement whilst protecting the patient from injury. Patients who are at high risk of developing pressure sores should use higher-specification pressurecare products rather than the standard. Pressure injuries can be greatly reduced through the use of specialist positioning devices and the introduction of the correct concepts in positioning care.
On top of the benefits to the patient, there are several additional benefits for medical facilities and practitioners. The ARDS Prone Pad system is a member of the Elite Foam positioning range; it poses similar qualities and materials in its manufacturing process. The user-friendly set-up and light-weight materials make the Prone Pad System easy to use. The combination of two types of visco foam facilitates effective pressure re-distribution – while promoting optimal patient positioning and comfort. The 3 way stretch fabric and ultra-sonic sealing technologies increase product durability and patient compatibility.
“Not only is the product designed for the ICU it can also be used in the operating room. Another interesting element of the system is that each section of the ARDS positioning system is sold separately as individual positioners, making the overall system extremely versatile and useful for various positioning requirements.” – James Toland, R&D Manager
All elements in the Prone Pad System are fully re-usable with the exception of the ARDS Prone Headrest Pad ELP141. The Headrest Pad is constructed from soft foam to support the facial features whilst allowing ease of access for mechanical requirements if necessary. The prone headrest is designed for single use only – eliminating any concerns of cross contamination.
Pressure, the amount of force exerted on a given area, is often measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). When a force or pressure greater than normal capillary pressure is exerted on a body over time, this can restrict blood flow to the area and cause serious tissue damage. It is important, therefore, to reduce this pressure particularly at the more susceptible parts of the body. The development of the ARDS Prone Pad System helps relieve pressure by increasing the area of contact between the body part and the supporting surface.
Safe and effective patient positioning in the ICU and surgical environment requires teamwork. Effective teamwork is imperative in order to enhance the standard of care and health outcomes for patients. Working together, the medical staff can assess the patient’s risks, look at the potential physiologic effects, determine the patient’s outcome in advance, and apply physical assessment skills to achieve the most desirable outcomes.
While all medical personal focus on patient-centered care, it is impossible to emphasize enough how much nurses play a critical role in the prevention of pressure ulcers. Nurses play a vital role in patient assessment and ensure that each patient who enters the ICU and surgical environments receives appropriate attention to determining the degree of urgency. Nurses are the key link between physicians, medical professionals, the patient, and family. Their knowledge regarding the prevention of pressure injuries comes down to the level of education and formal training they have received. This factor determines the quality of patient care and can help improve the patient’s outcome.
Trulife would like to thank all medical professionals dedicating their time and efforts working towards the reduction in pressure related injuries. By employing the best medical practices, sharing knowledge and using suitable pressure Injury products; together we will ensure the best possible outcome for all patients.
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