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Stop Pressure Ulcer Day

September 3rd, 2012

The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) invites you to take part in a Stop Pressure Ulcer Day


In recent years ‘Stop Pressure Ulcer Days’ have occurred in Spanish-speaking countries and last year these organisations created a Declaration in Rio to help reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers.

In 2012 there will again be a Stop Pressure Ulcer Day to be held on November 16th 2012. EPUAP has decided to join the Stop Pressure Ulcer Day to help publicise pressure ulcers. All publicity material will be placed on EPUAP’s website over the summer.

Keep watching the EPUAP website for news about this important day.

Click here to download a copy of the Declaration of Rio, in English and/or a higher resolution copy of the Declaration in Rio logo to use on your own websites/material to help spread the word of the event.

Supporting this effort, the Welsh Wound Network met in Caerphilly on Friday 20th July to agree the steps  that will be taken in Wales to support the worldwide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day.

E-mail the Welsh Wound Network to find out more:

“Smart” mattress cover prevents bed sores

June 24th, 2010

An ’intelligent’ mattress cover that prevents patients developing pressure ulcers or bed sores − a problem that currently costs the NHS more than £1bn a year − has been launched in Wales this week.

Bed sores occur on areas of the skin that are under pressure when a person has difficulty moving, is bedridden, unconscious, unable to sense pain or immobile.

The best way to prevent them is to move around or change position, thereby reducing or relieving the pressure on vulnerable areas of the body.

The Synidor system, developed by entrepreneur Frank Edwards with assistance from a number of Welsh universities and support from the Welsh Assembly Government, detects lack of movement in patients and alerts nursing staff.

It consists of a disposable mattress cover with a sensor linked to a visual and audio alarm unit that alerts medical staff if a patient is not moving regularly.

The alarm can also be preset and programmed to remind patients to move at regular intervals, or, if they are not able to move, a carer can intervene.

The system, which was initially trialled by the Sunderland NHS Trust, has been in development for several years and had support from the Assembly Government from the early feasibility stages via the Wales Innovators Network through to manufacturing.

Edwards worked closely with Dr Michael Clark, manager of the Welsh Wound Network and an expert in this field, and accessed the expertise at PDR (the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research) to develop the casing for the alarm unit, and Glamorgan University for assistance in designing the electronics for the system.


Clever mattress cover has bedsores beaten

June 24th, 2010

AN INVENTION by a Welsh entrepreneur could save the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

Costing just 70p a day for each hospital bed, Frank Edwards’ mattress design has the potential to prevent a potentially lethal complication of inpatient treatment.

As his intelligent mattress designs – the Synidor system – are due to go into manufacture, they have been hailed as one of the most interesting developments in the management of bed sores in the last 30 years.

The mattress, which can sense when a patient is not moving and alert healthcare staff, could cut the number of patients who develop a pressure ulcer by between 20% and as much as 60%.

Synidor Bed Sensor

Dr Michael Clark, manager of the Welsh Wound Network, said: “I’ve see lots of attempts to monitor patients’ movement but this technology is one of the most interesting devices I’ve seen in 30 years working in the pressure ulcer environment.”

“It goes to the heart of understanding the risk factors and targets the response so we understand who needs to be moved and when.”

It is estimated one in five patients admitted to hospital will develop a bed sore, which, in severe cases, can be deadly.

It costs the NHS more than £1bn a year to treat patients who develop pressure sores, which can occur when a person is bedridden, unconscious, immobile or unable to sense pain.

The Synidor system, developed by Mr Edwards, is a “smoke alarm” for bed sores, reminding healthcare staff to turn patients.

Designed initially for wheelchairs before being incorporated into a mattress cover and later a hospital mattress itself, it incorporates a sensor which lies under the bottom of a patient’s spine. If a patient has not moved for a certain period of time it alerts healthcare staff. The alarm can be set to go off at intervals of 30 minutes.

Mr Edwards, who tested the system on his mother Wendy, who developed a pressure sore while in hospital, said it can also help speed up recovery.

He said: “This is not a solution – it’s an aid to prevent pressure sores and I’m certain we can succeed in getting a reduction in pressure sores.”

Dr Clark said: “Pressure ulcers cost between 1% and 4% of the total healthcare budget, which is a frightening amount of money. This isn’t just a question of pounds and pence as pressure ulcers really impact on individual’s quality of life – in severe cases they can lead to death.”

“This is also about the quality of healthcare we should be providing in 2010. Preventing people who already ill developing complications like pressure ulcers is clearly something that would improve the quality of care delivered within the NHS in Wales.”

The Synidor system, which has been successfully trialled by the Sunderland NHS Trust, has been developed with help from the University of Glamorgan, the Institute of Life Science, at Swansea University and the Wales Innovators Network.

Lesley Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, said: “I am delighted the Welsh Assembly Government has been able to support the development of this highly innovative system and pleased to see how the expertise within our universities is being used by business to help develop products with great commercial potential.”