How Can Low Friction Garments Help with Bed Sores?

It can feel like a constant responsibility to treat bed sores. Daily care routines can be substantial depending on the severity of the sore and the particular risk factors of the patient, such as age and any preexisting medical conditions.

New treatments and interventions are focused on recognizing patients with a higher risk as early as possible in order to decrease the chances of bed sores developing. Most of these treatments can also be utilized to heal underlying conditions and promote recovery times.

Parafricta low-friction garments are manufactured using an exclusive textile and provide a successful solution for combatting shear and friction; two critical factors in the development of bed sores.

This article demonstrates how low-friction garments can dramatically benefit the treatment schedules and wellbeing of those who are at risk of developing bed sores, or who already have the condition.

What is Parafricta Fabric?

Parafricta fabric is a unique material that has been manufactured to regulate friction between the skin of a patient and any surface.

Bearing a resemblance to silk, this textile is breathable, strong, and can successfully remove localized and shear-related skin damage. This process has been outlined in the previous article, ‘Introducing Parafricta Low-Friction Fabric’.

Parafricta textiles can offer targeted support and relief to the hips, sacrum, and buttocks when utilized to manufacture low-friction garments. This is especially helpful for patients who often slip down when sitting in bed or on a chair.

Three varieties of low-friction undergarments are offered by Parafricta: slip-on briefs, slip-on boxers, and velcro-closure briefs.

Each of these is available in a complete range of sizes. Fit is crucial in order to ensure that patients receive the greatest benefit from their new low-friction garments.

How Effective are Parafricta Low-Friction Garments?

Studies have verified the exclusive effects of Parafricta low-friction garments that decrease friction in order to bring tangible improvements in the quality of life of patients in hospital environments and individuals who are at risk of bed sore development.

The chances of bed sores emerging is considerably decreased, as is the healing time of wounds that have already occurred. In the latter case, Parafricta garments can assist in dressing retention by stopping it from ‘rucking up’.

The science of Parafricta low-friction garments is undeniably impressive, but the results are not as persuasive as the testimonial evidence offered by existing customers.

Low-Friction Garments from Parafricta

Parafricta low-friction fabric is a unique technology provided by APA Parafricta Limited, a wound care company that was established in order to enhance the daily lives of patients.

The company’s low-friction garments are available for patients living in the community or in acute hospitals. Contact a member of the Parafricta team now if there are any questions about the particular undergarments supplied under the Parafricta low-friction range.

About Parafricta Parafricta

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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Last updated: Oct 24, 2019 at 5:56 AM


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