Treating bed sores can feel like a constant chore. Daily care routines can be extensive, depending on the patient’s risk factors, including any underlying medical conditions or age, and the extent of the sore.
To decrease the risk of bed sores developing, new treatments and interventions aim to recognize higher-risk patients as early as possible. A number of these solutions can also be employed to treat existing conditions and speed up recovery times.
Parafricta low-friction garments are based on a unique textile. They are an effective solution for combatting shear and friction, which are two of the main factors in bed sore development.
In this article, it will be established how low-friction garments can enhance the treatment schedules and wellbeing of patients who are at risk of, or are already living with, bed sores.
What is Parafricta Fabric?
Parafricta fabric is a proprietary material designed to moderate friction between a surface and a patient’s skin. Breathable and strong, this silk-like textile can eliminate localized shear-related skin breakdown effectively.
Parafricta textiles can supply targeted support and relief to the hips, buttocks, and sacrum when employed to fabricate low-friction garments. This is especially useful for patients who slip down beds or chairs repeatedly.
There are three types of low-friction undergarments available from Parafricta:
- Slip-on briefs
- Slip-on boxers
- Velcro-closure briefs
Fit is crucial in making sure that patients experience the most benefit from their new low-friction garments, so each of these is available in a complete range of sizes.
How Effective are Parafricta Low-Friction Garments?
Studies have shown the unique capability of Parafricta low-friction garments in decreasing friction to give the tangible quality of life improvements to individuals at risk of bed sore development and patients in hospital settings.
The probability of bed sores developing is decreased significantly, in addition to the healing times of wounds that have developed already. Parafricta garments can aid in dressing retention by countering “rucking up” in the latter instance. The testimonial evidence provided by existing customers is extremely impressive, as is the science of Parafricta low-friction garments.
Low-Friction Garments from Parafricta
Parafricta low-friction fabric is a proprietary technology, which is provided by APA Parafricta Limited, a wound care company set up to enhance the everyday lives of patients. Their low-friction garments are available for patients out in the community or acute hospitals.
APA Parafricta Ltd’s range of Parafricta®-branded medical garments and bedding have been clinically proven to offer protection to fragile skin from the damaging effects of friction, which can lead to painful skin breakdown and ulceration (medically known as “pressure” or decubitus ulcers and commonly known as “bedsores”). The products can also ease movement in bed for patients with impaired mobility.
Parafricta® medical products are expertly designed to be easy to use and apply to the areas most at risk of skin damage and ulceration. They are washable and reusable. Bootees are used to protect the vulnerable heel area and undergarments to protect the lower back and buttocks. Parafricta® bedding offers greater ease of movement and comfort to patients whilst in bed, including for patient suffering other fragile skin conditions (e.g. premature babies and burns patients).
Parafricta® medical products incorporate proprietary ultra-low friction fabrics to protect patient skin. Friction can cause skin to stick to surfaces on sheets and mattresses which leads to jolting or wrenching and damages the skin’s structure and integrity. Parafricta® ultra-low friction fabrics move much more freely and smoothly over skin and the underlying surface. The technology employed in Parafricta® products is covered by granted and pending patents (for example European Patent EP1 641420 B1).
Published research has demonstrated that use of Parafricta® garments can reduce the cost of treating skin damage by £63,000 per 100 at risk patients. Elimination of “pressure” ulcers is a key objective of the NHS’s Harm-Free Care agenda and the new Clinical Commissioning Groups in England are incentivising successful reduction in the prevalence of skin damage with extra payments to providers of acute and community care.
Parafricta technology has other potential applications in the non-medical arena such as sportswear and consumer products. Please contact Parafricta if you have a non-medical enquiry.
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