Pressure sores, also more commonly known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, are areas of damaged skin and tissue. They develop when pressure cuts off the blood supply, usually when someone sits or lies in one position for too long, and are a complication of many illnesses or conditions where someone is immobile for too long.
Medically, pressure sores develop from frictional shearing of compromised skin in static patients. The key nursing goal identified by EPUAP (European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Board) in this area was to "protect against the adverse effects of external mechanical forces: pressure, friction and shear on skin". Parafricta® products help with this.
Parafricta® is a near zero-friction fabric that Parafricta® Fabric products offer unique protection against two of these, friction and shear, and are compatible with all existing methods of mitigating the effects of pressure, e.g. pressure reducing mattresses and beds.
The Parafricta.com website contains copies of many medical papers which refer to research on pressure sores and the treatment of bed sores.
Parafricta® products currently include bootees, undergaments, pillows and sheets. They can be purchased via the online shop or by phone. Contact us for help with this.
Feedback from nurses and users are as follows:
Jane Edwards, a clinical nurse specialising in tissue viability at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, stated: "The fabric reduces friction and shear forces and allows heel and sacrum dressings to stay in place for longer. This reduces dressing changes and allows for effective wound management. The bootees were found to keep heel dressings in place on immobile patients and allowed the dressing to be changed when appropriate and not because it had rucked up and/or come off. I believe this fabric to be a breakthrough in the prevention of skin breakdown."
"Heels did not breakdown" - Janet Poole, Team Leader South Staffs PCT
" ..Easy and convenient to apply and comfortable for the patient...use of his heels to push himself up the bed lessened ,which was desirable. Overall the Parafricta® Bootees significantly reduced time in dressing changes, and reduced dressing changes to alternate days resulting in greater cost-effectiveness, i.e. less dressings used and less clinician time. This also improved patient quality of life."
Caroline Hughes, Senior TVN, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital