PRLog - Nov. 24, 2011 - BRIDGEND, U.K. -- Within any pressure ulcer prevention protocol, the selection of a suitable support surface is a key factor. With an extensive range of products now available, it can be difficult to ascertain which support surface to select to ensure it positively contributes to clinical outcomes. Invacare has been offering support to Clinicians in this area for over 20 years and has recently developed a solution that makes the selection of equipment clear and uncomplicated.
Three Tier Care
Invacare’s new 'Three Tier Care' concept is made up of three mattresses to accommodate most patient profiles, starting from those ‘At Risk’ of developing pressure ulcers through to those with existing pressure damage.
Tier One - Care and Prevent
For patients ‘At Risk’ of developing pressure ulcers, a high quality foam mattress offering excellent protection should be selected. The Invacare Softform Premier is an ideal choice and is the first line of defence against pressure ulcers and was designed for modern healthcare environments.
Tier Two - Care and Protect
For patients at ‘Very High Risk’ of developing pressure ulcers or those who want the comfort of a static foam mattress with the therapeutic benefit of alternating pressure, a hybrid mattress is required.
A new era in pressure ulcer prevention, the Softform Premier Active 2 allows the level of care to be stepped up to offer additional protection to more vulnerable patients. The patented foam and air combination offers subtle changes in interface pressure, which encourages micro circulation without aggressive re-perfusion. This makes the Softform Premier Active 2 highly suitable within a step up/ step down programme.
Tier Three - Care and Treat
For the most vulnerable patients and those with existing pressure damage, a dynamic alternating mattress is required. The Invacare Softair Excellence offers superior care and treatment.
Following over 20 years of research into the link between technical features and clinical efficacy of dynamic mattresses, the Softair Excellence has been designed to incorporate the most desirable features, making this a highly clinically effective product which offers significant cost savings.
Invacare’s Three Tier Care approach offers proven clinical benefits and is the most comprehensive and cost effective equipment selection model available. This concept offers a complete solution to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment.
For more information, please visit http://www.thinkpressurecare.co.uk
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Invacare's UK operations were founded in 1856 and the company now employs over 250 people. Based in South Wales, the company is ideally placed to provide the UK healthcare market with a range of products and services that meet the demands of both the public and private sectors. Over the years Invacare UK has selected and merged with a number of UK based manufacturers, in order to offer a selection of mattresses, cushions, wheelchairs, scooters, community beds, lifting, bathing and hygiene equipment along with walking aids and specialist rehab back systems. Invacare's commitment to product design and quality has resulted in a comprehensive range of solutions. At Invacare, we have been developing, clinically trialling and manufacturing pressure reducing equipment for over 25 years and in this time have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.