Anyone can get a pressure
sore if they remain immobile for
extended periods of time. Moisture which accumulates under a
person in bed can increase the friction between the bed sheet
and the person and can accelerate abrasion to the skin, causing
it to be more prone to damage and potential infection.
helps relieve some of the main causes
of pressure sores.
bedding is specially designed to minimise friction
between itself and the skin, whether damp or
dry. Skin slides smoothly across the sleep surface
to minimise abrasion. There are no short fibres
in the bedding to irritate the skin which is
in contrast to cotton bedding which has millions
of tiny loose fibres that protrude from the surface
of the bedding and can rub against sensitive
Cotton bedding absorbs moisture quickly but it pools where it comes
into contact with theskin, making drying by evaporation a long
drawn out process. During this time the dampness of the fabric
increases its frictional properties making it more difficult for
the patient to move over the surface and increasing irritation.
By contrast, the wicking properties of DermaTherapy bedding spread
the moisture rapidly over the entire area of the sheet. The sheet
dries far more quickly than cotton and this minimises any friction – making
the sheet smooth and comfortable.
bedding incorporates a durable antimicrobial
finish that helps to maintain fabric freshness
by eliminating odours caused by bacteria and
fungi. The bedding stays fresher and cleaner
for a longer time between washes. DermaTherapy
is highly effective in reducing the levels of
micro-organisms important to skin care, such
as Staph. Aureus, Staph. Epidermidis and E. Coli.
Cotton sheets offer no such protection against
these organisms. The antimicrobial does not migrate
onto the skin so there is no major risk of resistant
bacteria or sensitivity reactions developing.
DermaTherapy bedding incorporates a “soil
release” finish that aids the removal of
oily stains and other fluids that might otherwise
remain in conventional bedding even after high
temperature washing with strong detergents. DermaTherapy
bedding is designed to withstand high temperature
washes, if required, making it suitable for both
home and institutional use.
bedding creates the ideal smooth, non-irritating
sleep surface for more comfortable sleep and
reduced trauma to sensitive skin.
causes pressure wounds?
Aging of the
skin & Posture
support surfaces should not only redistribute
but also control the microclimate.”
National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel,
11th Annual Conference, February 27-28,
2009“How does pressure, shear, friction
and microclimate lead to ulceration?”,
Dr. Steve Reger
of a Study of DermaTherapy in Pressure Sores
Bedding was compared with standard hospital bedding
in 307 patients with kidney failure and a high
risk of pressure wound development over a six month
period. The patients were divided into 2 groups.
153 patients were randomised to DermaTherapy sheets
and 154 were randomised to standard hospital sheets.
Evaluated standard hospital bedding, on 154 patients
Evaluated DermaTherapy bedding on 153 patients
Objective: To Investigate the Prevention of Pressure
The study evaluated:
Reduction in friction,
shear, and pressure damage to the skin
Reduction in maceration
and skin fold breakdown, where the bedding,
helps protect moist skin folds caused by sweat
The results for the DermaTherapy
group were compared with the control group.
of Pressure Wounds
Fewer Wounds Developed with DermaTherapy.
of Pressure Wounds
more wounds were resolved with DermaTherapy.
fewer wounds were found with DermaTherapy
at discharge from Hospital.
of Stay (Days)
stays were on average 11.0% or 0.65
days less with DermaTherapy.
DermaTherapy helps control
the microclimate (moisture, shear, and friction)
between patients’ skin and support surfaces,
thereby reducing the potential for pressure wounds
DermaTherapy has the potential
to contribute to better healthcare outcomes and
lower overall treatment costs
costs at rehab units and nursing homes
of at-risk patients returning to the
DermaTherapy may offer
similar positive results in other areas at risk
for pressure wounds, as well as areas affected
by hospital-acquired infections.
on file. Espere Healthcare Ltd
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