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Introduction

The Trust has a range of systems available to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. To ensure the Trust makes the best use of the resources available, an audit of the static foam pressure reducing mattresses when a patient is discharged and an annual audit of static foam pressure reducing mattresses, supplied by Invacare is in place. The dynamic pressure relieving mattresses are monitored via monthly usage reports from Talley.

 

Definitions

Dynamic Pressure Relieving System (DPRS)

The DPRS provides an alternating surface allowing tissues to experience periods of no or very little pressure, thus facilitating capillary refill to prevent pressure induced-damage to the tissues.

 

Static Foam Pressure Reducing Mattress (SFPRM)

The SFPRM closely follows the contours of parts of the body where there is direct contact with the supporting surface and thereby redistributes pressure over a large surface area.

 

Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Sue Harris, Lead Nurse Tissue Viability
Ratified by: n/a
Date Ratified: February 2019
Date Issued: May 2019
Review Date: February 2022
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Sue Harris, Lead Nurse Tissue Viability

 

See also:

  • Management, Use and Disposal of Medical Devices Policy
  • Cleaning & Disinfection Policy
  • Confidentiality Policy