Repose Companion helping to relieve the pressure this winter

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Helping to relieve the pressure this winter

At Frontier Medical we understand the pressures the NHS encounters during the winter periods, and believe the Repose range of pressure redistributing products to be best placed to help relieve those pressures.

NHS England published daily situation reports on winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts in April 2018. The situation report covered pressures on the NHS such as the level of time patients were left waiting in A&E departments.

The report shows that 22.9% of patients at England’s emergency departments (type 1 A&E) spent longer than 4 hours in A&E between December and February. This compares with 21% in winter 2016/17, 16% in winter 2015/16, and 14% in winter 2014/15. (1)

In total there were 220,694 waits of over 4 hours between December 2017 and February 2018. Some areas of the NHS experienced exceptionally high demand, with waiting times of 12 hours for 1.5% of attendances between December 2017 and February 2018. (1)

Pressure ulcers can often develop gradually, but can sometimes form in a few hours. (2) Providing the correct pressure redistributing equipment for patients from at risk to very high risk is critical in the prevention of avoidable pressure ulcers.

Repose Companion can be an affordable solution for busy emergency departments, offering effective pressure redistribution and safer lateral transfers for existing A&E trolleys.

According to the NHS Stop The Pressure research, 700,000 people in the UK are affected by pressure ulcers each year and between 80 to 95% of these cases are preventable using the recommended aSSKINg bundle approach, which entails: give Assessment, Surface: ensuring patients have the right support, Skin inspection: early inspection can detect and prevent injuries, Keeping patients moving, Incontinence and moisture, Nutrition and hydration and Give information and sharing learning. (2,3)

Repose Companion is a unique device which moves with the patient, combining effective pressure redistribution and safer lateral transfers.

A patient is likely to experience a wide variety of support surfaces throughout the journey from admission to discharge – some may provide adequate pressure redistribution but typically, most will not.

Repose Companion is ideally suited to help relieve the pressure this winter, offering pressure ulcer prevention to patients from at risk to very high risk of developing pressure damage.

Repose Companion can be an affordable solution for busy emergency departments, offering effective pressure redistribution and safer lateral transfers for existing A&E trolleys.

To learn more about the Repose Companion please click on the button below.

An evaluation of Repose Companion showed improved patient comfort for high risk visitors in the Emergency Department Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Stop the Pressure – Emergency Department Addenbrooke’s Hospital poster was presented at the Wounds UK National conference 2016. To view the poster please click the button below.

References
1. NHS Winter Pressure 2017/18: Summary Number 7057, 4 April 2018 Link (Accessed 30th November 2018).
2. NHS (2014), NHS Choices ‘Pressure Ulcers – Causes’ Link (Accessed 23rd January 2018).
3. NHS Stop the pressure ‘aSSKINg’ a model for the assessment of skin and prevention of PUs and, when necessary, management and evaluation of PU care Link. (Assessed 30th November 2018)

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