24 June 2014

New NICE Guidelines

In April, the highly anticipated NICE Guideline for pressure ulcers was finally released with everyone eager to find out what had changed and what was new. The document entitled Pressure Ulcer prevention: the prevention and management of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care is available for download for free in two formats: full guide or quick guide. Both copies can be downloaded here.

One very interesting update to the NICE guidelines is the recommendation to use high specification foam mattresses, something the Invacare Softform range is renowned for. The guidelines states that a high specification foam mattress should be used for adults who are:

  • admitted to secondary care
  • assessed as being at high risk of developing a pressure ulcer in primary and community care settings

The new guidelines go into more detail on pages 28-29 stating "Pressure redistributing devices are widely accepted methods of trying to prevent the development of pressure areas for people assessed as being at risk. These devices include different types of mattresses, overlays, cushions and seating. They may work by reducing or redistributing pressure, friction or shearing forces. There is limited evidence on these devices [pressure redistributing devices] and much of the evidence has been funded by industry. The cost of pressure redistributing devices can vary significantly and there is limited evidence on whether more sophisticated devices (for example, alternating pressure devices) provide any additional benefit compared to more basic devices such as high specification foam mattresses."

For more information on the Softform mattress range, please contact your local Invacare Business Development Manager.



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