Pressure Injury Prevention

Raising societal and healthcare quality

Pressure injuries (PI) impact over 7 million patients per year globally. US healthcare alone reports more than 2.5 million PI cases, over 60 000 deaths, and at least USD 9-11 billion in cost per year.1  Prevention protocols for PI require frequent patient handling and, consequently, contributes significantly to workflow complexity and high incidences of musculoskeletal injuries in healthcare providers, with lower back pain as the dominant on-the-job injury.2  US long-term care centers spend over 6 million USD (56% of all medical costs) every year compensating nurses for occupation-induced back injuries.3 

A disproportion between healthcare providers and patient care increases PI and higher incidences of in-hospital post-acute readmission and associated mortality rate.4 Air mattresses that automate labor-intensive procedures and complex therapy workflows, a wide range of pressure settings, and individual air cells that deflate to accommodate unique physical needs, actively prevent PI in post-acute and acute care patients, improving patient outcome and experience, workplace health, and healthcare resource allocation.

Ulcers are a prevalent, costly, and global healthcare issue.

Signs of pressure injuries can start to develop during surgeries. When left untreated, injuries become ulcers, and in extreme cases, they can cause death.6  Pressure redistribution surfaces that aid in turning and repositioning patients improve early interventions.7 

Pressure-distributing beds improves cost-effectiveness.

Treatment cost for managing pressure injuries starts at USD 250,000 per inpatient and adds USD 2122 per hospital day.1  Alternating pressure (active) support surfaces improve comfort and reduce pressure ulcers, boosting long-term cost-effectiveness and patient care.8 

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  8. Shi C, Dumville JC, Cullum N, Rhodes S, Jammali-Blasi A, McInnes E. Alternating pressure (active) air surfaces for preventing pressure ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2021 May 10;5(5):CD013620. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013620.pub2. PMID: 33969911; PMCID: PMC8108044.