Tidewave pressure ulcers mattress
The Tidewave™ pressure ulcer mattress automatically turns patients prone to pressure ulcers (decubitus), which improves the quality of patient care and provides good relief for the nursing staff.
The mattress redistributes the pressure that causes bedsores with a smooth, automated movement. The patient is moved laterally and continuously in sequences lasting from 20 to 60 minutes.
The mattress is ergonomically designed and bends around the sides of the patient's body. This prevents patients from falling out of bed and distributes body weight over a larger area, reducing peak stress points. The patient feels safe and comfortable in the Tidewave pressure ulcer mattress.
The product is available for children up to 40 kg and for adults up to 150 kg.
About pressure ulcers
Pressure sores can develop within minutes and turn into large open sores down to the leg. It can take years to treat and even cause more deaths than traffic accidents.
1 in 5 patients in European healthcare institutions suffer from pressure ulcers due to insufficient redistribution of pressure. The damage occurs when the nutrient and oxygen supply is impaired due to a pressure or pressure combined with the skin shifting against the underlying tissue, so-called shear.
In the absence of regular movements, soft tissue is squeezed between the bone and the support surface. This causes deformation of the soft tissue to such an extent that the tissue cells burst and die. As pressure ulcers develop, severe, painful and open ulcers can develop, which can lead to longer hospital stays, higher readmission rates, increased mortality and reduced quality of life. It is estimated that around 4 million people in Europe currently suffer from the effects of pressure ulcers. In the risk zone are all those with reduced physical ability to change positions. The risk increases if you:
• Are over 70 years old
• Has undergone a major operation or is in the intensive care unit
• Is malnourished or overweight
• Has poor blood circulation
• Have a reduced sense of pain (e.g. spinal cord injury and neurological condition)
• Previously had pressure ulcers
What is the challenge with manual repositioning?
What is the challenge with manual repositioning?
People with very little or no agility in bed need a lot of help around the clock, which naturally requires a lot of resources. To prevent pressure ulcers, the patient must be regularly placed in a different position, which is labor-intensive and often associated with ergonomic concerns for the nursing staff.
There are several challenges with this routine:
• The patient has disturbed sleep and may experience pain and discomfort when turning. The skin may be exposed to friction and shear forces.
• Nursing staff spend a lot of time on heavy lifting, which can lead to occupational injuries and sick leave.
• Institutions and municipalities use many resources in the form of e.g. labor.
95% of all pressure ulcers can be prevented!
Pressure ulcer mattresses (flip mattresses) have been around for a long time, but they all have one thing in common:
• They are so loud that the sound usually wakes the patient up.
• They move so quickly that the patient is awakened by the movement.
• They rock the patient from side to side, creating shear and friction that damages their pressure sores.
The Tidewave™ reversible mattress solves the following problems and provides benefits such as:
• A sound level which is below the audible decibel level >30dB
• A movement that is continuous and so slow that you will not be able to feel or see it.
• Tidewave Curve "hugs" the patient and stops all sliding.
• Extra safety against falling.
• 10% less pressure on the body in the crouched position compared to manual repositioning, in addition to increased pressure redistribution from normal turning.
• Ergonomic adaptation to the patient.
• Sensor technology that ensures precise and safe movement.
Improved health economics and increased quality for the patient
The Tidewave™ reversible mattress is suitable for intensive care and has the necessary settings to provide individual care while providing the best quality of care.
European studies show that pressure ulcers prolong hospital stays by approximately 4.3 days at a cost of around 2000 Euro. In addition to pure cost savings, patient pain is reduced when using the Tidewave mattress, and the ergonomic benefits for caregivers are obvious!
Conducted studies show that:
- A single Tidewave mattress means that 2929 heavy lifts are avoided per year.
*The patient was bedridden around the clock. According to the EPUAP guidelines, the alternative care plan should be to turn every 2-4 days. hour. An alternative to turning on average every three hours involves repositioning 8 times in 24 hours.
- A Tidewave mattress means 485 hours of savings per year.
** One caregiver performs the repositioning and takes an average of 10 minutes each time. Repositioning 10 min x 8 = 80 min every day.
- A Tidewave mattress means an estimated saving of 19,345 EURO/year.
*** National statistical number average labor costs for a caregiver in Norway is 40 EUR (also applies to other European countries). Then 1.33 hours x 40 EUR = 53 EUR daily.