Treating bed sores can feel like a constant responsibility. Depending on the extent of the sore and the patient’s risk factors, which include age and any underlying medical conditions, daily care routines can be extensive. To lessen 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 used to treat existing conditions and speed up recovery times.
Based on a unique textile, Parafricta low-friction garments are an effective solution for fighting friction and shear - two key factors that contribute to bed sores. This article aims to demonstrate how low-friction garments can substantially improve the treatment schedules and wellbeing of patients who are at risk of or already live with bed sores.
What is Parafricta Fabric?
Parafricta fabric is a proprietary material developed to ease friction between a patient’s skin and a surface. Strong and breathable, this silk-like textile can essentially eliminate localized shear-related skin breakdown.
Parafricta textiles can provide targeted relief and support to the hips, buttocks and sacrum when used to fabricate low-friction garments. This is especially useful for patients who repeatedly slip down chairs or in beds.
Three types of low-friction undergarments are available from Parafricta: Velcro-closure briefs, slip-on boxers, and slip-on briefs. Each of these is offered in a full-size range. Fit is important in ensuring that patients gain the greatest benefit from their new low-friction garments.
How Effective are Parafricta Low-Friction Garments?
Research has shown the unique ability of Parafricta low-friction garments to reduce friction. This provides a tangible improvement in a patient’s quality of life in hospital settings and for individuals at risk of developing bed sores. There is a substantial reduction in the likelihood of bed sores developing, as well as the healing times of wounds that have already developed. In the latter event, Parafricta garments can help in dressing retention by tackling “rucking up”.
The science of Parafricta low-friction garments is certainly impressive, but the results are not as strong as the testimonial evidence supplied by their existing customers. Through reading some of these testimonials directly, it can be seen how Parafricta fabric makes a difference to the everyday comfort of their customers.
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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