Pressure Ulcers/ Bedsores

Pressure ulcers are a common and fully preventable injury. Medical sheepskin has been proven to reduce pressure ulcer incidence. There are many environmental factors that contribute to an individual’s risk of developing a pressure ulcer, including high pressure between the skin and a surface, high levels of friction and shear, and a sub-optimal microclimate. 

Correct management of the skin environment is the best way to reduce this kind of risk. Environmental actions for pressure ulcer prevention can include - reducing peak pressure points, minimising shear/friction forces, and maintaining a healthy microclimate around the skin. 

Pressure Ulcer Risk Factors and How Shear Comfort Tackles Them  

Pressure

High or prolonged pressure to an area of skin can cause ischemia, which is when the oxygen and blood supply to the skin is cut off, causing the skin to ‘die’ (tissue necrosis). Once the skin is no longer ‘alive’ and being supplied with oxygen, blood, and nutrients, the skin degrades, appearing as an open blister. Reducing peak pressure points using pressure redistributing devices is the main preventative treatment for pressure ulcers.

Shear Comfort has been proven to redistribute pressure to the skin.

 
Shear

Shear is caused by the skin being dragged against a surface, which can easily happen during a transfer out of or into a bed or chair. Shear forces can cause the skin to fold over itself, and if this fold does not get straightened out it can reduce blood supply to the area. When blood supply is cut off from an area, ischemia begins. Transverse shear forces that pull the skin in a sideways motion can also cause pressure ulcers without the skin being folded, although it is not fully understood how this occurs. For people with fragile skin or reduced circulation/neuropathy it is recommended that shear forces are kept to a minimum during transfers.

Shear Comfort minimises shear forces.

 


Friction

Friction is used to describe the force that stops the skin moving smoothly against a surface. This can be caused by a rough surface or one that causes the skin to adhere to it. For instance, vinyl is a smooth surface but because of its plasticised coating it clings to the skin, causing friction to occur. The friction caused by this can result in shear injury, or the skin breaking due to being stretched too far.

Shear Comfort is designed to reduce friction.

 


Microclimate

If the skin is left in a wet area for too long maceration can occur, which causes the skin to become weak and break. Conversely, if skin is too dry this can also cause it to break. Cold conditions can cause dry skin, and increase the likelihood of the skin damage.

Shear Comfort stabilises moisture levels, and regulates skin temperature.

 

Don't leave pressure ulcers to chance- actively prevent them with Shear Comfort 

For more detailed information on pressure ulcers and how Shear Comfort can prevent them, please visit our Healthcare Professionals section.

The Shear Comfort Pressure Ulcers/ Bedsores Range

Classic  Overlay

Classic Overlay

The Classic Overlay gives wide coverage to soften any surface

Natural Overlay

Natural Overlay

A natural solution for your comfort

Pressure Care Assistant

Pressure Care Assistant

Feel the targeted benefits of Shear Comfort medical sheep's wool


Full Single Overlay

Full Single Overlay

Full head to toe coverage - immerse your whole body in the softness of wool

Double & Queen Overlay

Double & Queen Overlay

A more comfortable bed for both you and your partner

Cushion-It

Cushion-It

Use the Cushion-It on any seat for instant comfort


Elbow Protectors

Elbow Protectors

Shield your elbows with the softest sheepskin

Heel Protectors

Heel Protectors

Complete protection for the heels

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