Legs Matter Week 3-7 June 2019 – Tissue Viability

One of the most common health issues in the UK is non-healing leg or foot wounds; these conditions are not given the care or level of attention they need with inaccurate diagnosis or treatment. Legs Matter Week is currently trying to raise public awareness about general leg and feet health; this can be done through learning particular symptoms or causes related to these leg conditions and being open to talking about this with friends and family. Through participating in Legs Matter Week, people can help bring greater focus, better treatment and improved quality of life to those who face regular challenges with their legs or feet.

Centrobed have a range of equipment that can assist in the movement and repositioning of people’s legs, alleviating pressure, providing care and comfort for the patient while reducing strain on carers and facilitating easier treatment. These products help reduce the time and cost of care, improving the lives of carer and patient.

One of the conditions which can cause mobility problems for people is built up pressure or leg ulcerations as a result of Tissue Viability. Tissue Viability is a speciality that covers all aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds, including surgical wounds, pressure ulcers and leg ulcerations. Tissue Viability makes it extremely difficult for people to find comfort sitting or lying down and can cause pain for people when trying to reposition their bodies. Centrobed have products that are able to provide effective care for people who have Tissue Viability, assisting nurses and carers in treatment.

The Timor Bed Chair is a product that replaces the role of three: bed, chair and hoist. The Timor is able to provide a person with increased mobility and regular movement that redistributes pressure to eliminate or reduce any pressure issues that someone is having including leg ulcers or Lymphoedema. The Timor can smoothly and securely transition from a bed to a chair, keeping the client comfortable but safe and granting them greater dignity and independence getting in and out of bed.  This reduction in assistance a client requires from the carer leads to a significant decrease in their care package, saving money and improving the lives of both the client and carer.

The Arabian Bandaging Stool assists nurses and carers who deal with clients needing dressings/bandages applied to the full length or part of the leg. With the Arabian, only one nurse is needed for treatment rather than the usual two. The stool is designed to lift one leg at a time using one or both of the two horizontal actuator driven pads; this makes the full circumference of the limb more accessible for the nurse to treat. The leg needs to be cleaned before being bandaged with up to 4 layers. This process can often be difficult for nurses when supporting swollen or infected legs (often due to conditions such as Lymphoedema), as the patient will need to have either leg raised for up to one hour. The Arabian can resolve this problem for both nurses and patients with its horizontal pads allowing for movement and support of the leg to various places during treatment. The Arabian can prevent potential back strain or injuries for nurses when treating patients’ legs, solving the issues that can regularly occur when manually handling a patient, saving time and money in care treatment. Through giving nurses easier and improved access to the patients’ legs, the patient has an improved treatment which takes less time to perform.

The Nile Leg Lifter is able to provide easy transfer of legs in and out of bed, giving the client independence and preventing any injury to carers who no longer need to assist them. The Nile is electrically powered with a vinyl pad designed to lift and support the legs into bed. The Nile is height adjustable and virtually silent. With bespoke sizes available, the Nile can assist nurses in transferring patients with various complex needs and physical conditions into bed comfortably and with a reduced risk of pain or injury for both the nurse and the patient.

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