If you’re not familiar with this framework, check out the video from Shropshire Community Health. The video helps explain the SSKIN section of the framework and highlights key messages for preventing pressure ulcers: https://youtu.be/Syc-hByVGF0?t=153
We are expanding on the ‘SURFACE’ and ‘KEEP MOVING’ sections of the framework to explain how pressure management equipment can support you.
Surface – In Pressure Area Care
This is where you should consider what equipment you might need to put in place for reducing or relieving pressure for your residents.
The framework helps you to understand the impact of the support surface on skin integrity. As well as identify the range of pressure care equipment and devices available to suit the resident’s level of mobility and risk level.
Current NICE guidance states high specification pressure redistributing devices should be used on those that are vulnerable, at high risk and those who are seated for prolonged periods.
Pressure care or pressure relief mattresses, overlays and cushions are used to aid in preventing the development of pressure ulcers for people considered as being at risk. They work by reducing or redistributing pressure, friction, or shearing forces. Pressure relieving mattresses can have a positive impact on your resident’s experience and outcomes.
There are different types of pressure care mattresses that are used for varying levels of residents’ needs, mobility and risk levels. For example foam mattresses, air mattresses and hybrid mattresses.