Common Bedsore Locations
Regulating Moisture and Heat
DermaTherapy®'s uniquely engineered fibers have micro channels that wicks moisture away
Cost: Prevention is always better than a cure. The average cost of treating a pressure ulcer is estimated at ~$10k. DermaTherapy sheets are relatively inexpensive compared to other interventions. In addition DermaTherapy sheets deliver lasting protection for years.
Clinically-Proven Technology for Bedsores
DermaTherapy bedding was compared with standard hospital bedding for 307 patients at risk of pressure wound development in an acute-care renal unit, over a six-month period.1
In The Hospital
Tips For Skin Care
Inspect the skin daily and look carefully for warning signs of a bedsore. Keep skin clean and dry. Use a gentle cleanser to wash the skin and pat, not rub, dry. Repeat this cleansing routine regularly to reduce the skin's exposure to moisture, stool and urine. Protect the skin from friction and shear. DermaTherapy includes design elements that protect against the causes of friction and shear.
Symptoms Of Bedsores
According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, there are 4 stages of bedsores:
Stage 1: Skin looks red and can feel warm to the touch. You may also experience pain or itch. With darkly pigmented skin, the bedsore may have a blue or purple tint.
Stage 2: Affected skin shows more damaged and is very painful. The wound bed is visible, pink or red, moist and may also present as an intact or ruptured blister.
Stage 3: At this stage, bedsores are deeper and usually have a crater-like appearance.
Stage 4: This is the most severe type of bedsore. Patients will have a significant gaping wound with exposed muscle, tendons and bone which is very susceptible to infection.
Complications of bedsores, some of which are life-threatening, include:
Cellulitis: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and adjacent soft tissues. Symptoms can be warmth, redness and swelling of the affected area.
Bone and joint infections: An infection from a bedsore can invade into bones and joints. Joint infections (septic arthritis) can damage cartilage. Bone infections (osteomyelitis) can limit the function of the limbs.
Cancer: Marjolin's ulcers (long-term, non-healing wounds) can develop into a type of squamous cell carcinoma
Sepsis: An untreated pressure injury can often lead to sepsis.
|"The fabric is designed to reduce friction, which allows a patient to move
easily across the bed, making it less likely that a patient’s weakened
or moist skin could develop a pressure ulcer or bedsore."
- Annette Smith, VP of Nursing and Patient Services, Wesley Long Hospital
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
DermaTherapy has FDA clearance as a Class I medical device for atopic dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, and pressure sores. DermaTherapy is the first and only bedding to achieve this distinction. Technical classifications for DermaTherapy include:
Class I medical device for use by patients who are susceptible to pressure ulcers. DermaTherapy Bed Linens help to reduce the likelihood of patients developing pressure ulcers by reducing moisture, friction and shear on the patient’s skin. (Reg. K152884)
Developing pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores) is inevitable when you’re confined to bed for long periods of time. Cotton-blend sheets collect moisture that increases friction and creates an adverse microclimate around the body, leading to painful beds sores. Our anti-microbial sheets wick away the moisture that accumulates between the patient and the mattress, creating a favorable and protective microclimate. Infections never see the light of day, and bedsores can heal in these conditions. In fact, people develop 62% fewer bedsores when using DermaTherapy linens.
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DermaTherapy® also provides relief from other conditions:
1 Coladonato J, Smith A, Watson N, Brown AT, McNichol LL, Clegg A, McPhail L, Griffin T, Montgomery TG. Prospective, Nonrandomized Controlled Trials to Compare the Effect of a Silk-Like Fabric to Standard Hospital Linens on the Rate of Hospital-acquired Pressure Ulcers. J Ostomy Wound Management 2012; 58(10):14-31.