Hybrid pressure care mattress wins Queen’s Award

Hybrid pressure care mattress wins Queen’s Award

Wounds International would like to congratulate Direct Healthcare Services (DHS) on receiving a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in innovation in recognition of its Intelligent Pressure Care Management solution.

Intelligent Pressure Care Management, featuring the Dyna-Form™ Mercury Advance powered hybrid mattress, was designed to help make a measurable difference in the delivery of harm-free patient care, specifically to reduce incidences of pressure ulcers.


South Wales-based DHS created the patented design, which is a hybrid of a high specification foam mattress and a dynamic mattress, to help save the NHS vital nursing time and resources. It allows nurses to instantly convert any standard hospital bed into a dynamic mattress, enabling earlier intervention for ‘at risk’ patients.  

Hybrid mattresses are increasingly used by healthcare organisations as they have been shown to simultaneously improve clinical outcomes and deliver substantial saving costs.

Currently 35,000 patients a day in the UK are nursed on the Dyna-Form™ Mercury Advance powered hybrid mattress. 

To win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in innovation, businesses have to demonstrate outstanding commercial success and a unique approach to a new invention, service or product.

Graham Ewart, managing director of DHS said: “Delivering genuine innovation that makes a real difference to both patients and the lives of our hardworking healthcare professionals is at the very heart of everything we do, so we are incredibly honoured to receive such a prestigious award. We are even more proud that our solution has been of huge benefit to the NHS, helping patients and saving valuable time and resources.”

Direct Healthcare Services was established in 2009 and specialises in the design and manufacture of innovative pressure care solutions, including mattresses, cushions and overlays. Currently exporting to over 20 countries worldwide, Direct Healthcare Services has a comprehensive range of specialist, award-winning products and is a leading supplier of pressure area care products to the NHS.