What is a pressure sore?
An area of skin and underlying tissue that gets damaged by unrelieved pressure.
What can we do?
Centrobed provide a range of equipment that can help carers and Tissue Viability Nurses successfully prevent or treat patients suffering with ulcers. Once ready to leave hospital or at GP level, the patient will be assessed as to whether or not they are at risk from bed sores. If they are believed to be at risk, Centrobed beds should be considered as a prevention, or part of a treatment regime forming part of the discharge package.
How can Centrobed help?
- Regular repositioning
- Correct products and equipment at the correct time
- Keep patient moving
- Availability of products and equipment
The following products can help and prevent pressure sores:
Arctic Turning Bed
The Arctic turning bed is a multi-positional and multi- functional versatile bed system that can accommodate even the most complex of needs. As a patient’s needs become more complex the versatility of our beds can be utilised. The patient has the added benefit of independent leg movement and the ability to turn left or right without intervention, reducing the risk of pressure sores.
There are a variety of systems being used for pressure sores and the improvements that we can offer are as follows:
- Hands free automated turning
- Programmable night turning tailored for each individual’s needs
- Enables repositioning without intervention
- Reduces bed blocking – a comprehensive care package can be offered in conjunction with this bed
- Comfort and pressure relief for the client and a better quality of sleep as the sleep pattern is not disturbed. Programmed to turn at a frequency/pattern to suit, reducing the cost of night time care
Timor Bed Chair
The main functions of the Timor bed are, head up, leg up, stand up and sliding seat designed to move you back into the bed when laying down. All operated by an easy to use handset. Built to suit the client’s needs, the Timor can be made with varying start height, seat depth and back rest length. The hoops can also be supplied in different styles depending on how mobile the client is and their individual needs. Bariatric sizes are available, accommodating up to 70 stone
The product can benefit all patient groups who are vulnerable to pressure sores. Increased mobilisation with the Timor assists in the prevention of pressure sores complimenting existing practice, playing an important part for community care pressure sore prevention and the reduction of admissions to hospital.
Benefits associated with using the Timor:
- Restores dignity and independence
- Regular movement redistributes pressure to eliminate or reduce pressure issues
- Reduction of skin shearing and assist in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis
- Improved circulation assists in prevention of contracture
- Reduced muscle wastage
Arabian Bandaging Stool
A unique stool that eases the treatment of pressure ulcers. Community Nurses and other health care professionals have a reoccurring problem when it comes to cleaning, dressing or bandaging the leg. Often the legs are heavy due to conditions such as Lymphoedema. Supporting and cleaning them prior to bandaging can be a problem as this will often require two nurses. Supporting the swollen or infected leg is difficult as the patient will need to have either one of them raised for up to one hour.
The Arabian’s horizontal pads allow movement and support of the leg to various places during treatment. The Arabian stool is designed for use by nurses and care staff who deal with clients who need dressings/bandages applied to the full length or part of the leg. The stool is designed to lift one leg at a time using one or both of the two horizontal actuator driven pads, allowing easy access around the complete circumference of the limb allowing dignity for the client whilst their leg is being treated.
For use in the community the Arabian stool can be left in the clients home for the duration of the treatment, then recycled.