Support Surfaces to Reduce Risk of Pressure Injuries
In Canada, one in three people in non-acute-care healthcare facilities have a pressure injury (Woodbuy et al, 2004). Managing pressure, friction and shear is crucial to reduce the risk, and support surfaces help manage some of the risk factors for pressure injury.
Stryker’s innovative gel surfaces do this by offloading and/or redistributing pressure and reducing shear. Stryker’s exclusive gel reduces pressure on bony prominences, while the gel structure help redistributes pressure by buckling and absorbing the patient’s weight. Along with the use of a pump, Stryker’s surfaces can help to manage the microclimate by facilitating air flow up through the mattress directly beneath the resident. There is a 10-year warranty on the core gel of these surfaces.