Using Low Friction Fabric to Relieve Bed Sores

It can be incredibly difficult for people with limited mobility to relieve bed sores. Traditional wisdom argues that movement is the optimal medicine to ease pressure on the impacted areas, but this is one of the leading causes of the condition.

This can introduce difficulties for those who use a wheelchair for extended periods in the day or those who are bedridden. Movement can also irritate wounds and increase the formation of more advanced bed sores.

Low-friction fabrics are a common feature of many products recommended for the treatment and prevention of bed sores.

What Causes Bed Sores?

Bed sores are the result of a combination of friction and pressure. When people who have a risk of developing bed sores are sedentary for extended periods, it puts prolonged pressure on areas of the body.

This can stop the blood supply to the skin, causing it to decay over time. Regular movement will ease this pressure, but friction is also introduced, which can cause early-stage pressure ulcers to degenerate and tear.

An example of friction would be a patient’s body moving against the top of a mattress or the seat of a wheelchair. Friction is the force of two surfaces moving over one another.

Everyone experiences friction whenever the skin rubs against a surface. When the skin is in a healthy condition, it is a superficial movement, but when this is combined with prolonged pressure, it can result in what is called shearing.

When friction and pressure are combined, it can make the layers of fat, muscle, and skin move laterally in relation to the bone underneath. This can result in the formation of bed sores and degradation because unhealthy skin may tear, which increases the chance of infection.

How Can Low-Friction Fabrics Help?

Low-friction fabrics help to relieve bed sores by regulating the friction between the body of a patient and different surfaces.

This considerably decreases the risk of bed sores tearing as a result of shear forces and allows patients to uphold a safe schedule of adjustment to control pressure.

The products employed to assist in the management of friction normally target frequently affected areas, such as the heels and the base of the spine.

Medical teams may suggest the use of bootees, undergarments, and bedding to stop bed sores at an early stage from further progression, and as a measure of precautionary for those who are at risk.

Easing Bed Sores with Parafricta Low-Friction Fabric

Parafricta low-friction fabric is a proprietary material with a very low coefficient of friction (0.2). This means that it can decrease the friction between two surfaces more effectively than several conventional textiles, like silk or satin.

It is utilized to produce easy-turn bed sheets that can enhance the comfort of patients coping with a variety of skin conditions, such as bed sores.

Parafricta undergarments and bootees are also offered for highly targeted bed sore prevention and treatment, guarding vulnerable areas like the heels, base of the spine, and buttocks. These can remove shear and help to ease the irritation of bed sores.

Parafricta low-friction fabric is a unique technology to APA Parafricta Limited, a wound care company created to help to relieve the pain of patients in care homes, acute hospitals, and living in communities.

The effectiveness of the technology has been verified in multiple studies. It was also important to the company that the products are reusable and inexpensive so that people suffering from bed sores can receive a high-quality product that provides continual relief for prolonged periods.

Contact a member of the Parafricta team now to discover the help that is available for patients suffering with bedsores.

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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