Hybrid support surfaces Made Easy

The number of people at risk from pressure ulcers is increasing due to an ageing population and a rising prevalence of long-term conditions globally. Since most pressure ulcers are preventable, greater demands are being placed on practitioners to implement strategies for prevention. The variety of support surfaces available for pressure ulcer care, however, often makes selection difficult and delays implementation. This Made Easy focuses on a new, yet established, category known as hybrid support surfaces. These are becoming increasingly important as alternatives to high-quality foam or alternating mattresses. With a wide range of hybrid systems available, it is important to understand how they work, the type of therapy different systems deliver and their suitability to prevent or treat various risk levels.

 

Supported by Direct Healthcare Services

 

Authors

  • Jacqui Fletcher

    Clinical Strategy Director, Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, Cardiff, UK

  • Amit Gefen

    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Hiromi Sanada

    Professor, Department of Wound Management, University of Tokyo, Tokyo

  • Morag Irvine

    Community liason person, Senior OT, Ability Centre, Mount Lawley, Western Australia

  • Lorraine Jones

    Tissue viability lead nurse, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, UK