Dedicated relief for the heel from Rober

AIRSTREAM THP heel area
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AIRSTREAM THP supporting comfort and pressure relief in bed

When continuous pressure or friction is placed on an area of the body, tissue damage can occur. Essentially, local pressure stops blood from flowing normally, leading the cells to die and the skin to break down.

Resultant sores or ulcers, pose a significant healthcare risk. This can mean prolonged pain, smell, infection, reduced mobility, potential amputation and in worst cases, death.

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Heels are likely to be affected by pressure

Perhaps surprisingly, the heel is the second most common site for pressure ulcers to occur. This area is particularly vulnerable because of the proximity of bony prominences to the skin surface.

The Calcaneus (heel bone) lies only 3.8mm below the skin surface, added to which local tissues such as the Achilles tendon have a relatively poor blood supply. This can be compounded by the fact that the prone patient is most frequently in a heel-down position. It’s therefore easy to understand why pressure ulcers of the heel present such a frequent problem for patients and a challenge for care providers.

Pressure ulcers are painful and troublesome for patients and their treatment can be lengthy, difficult and expensive. Yet in a prime example of how prevention is better than cure, the ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign estimates that between 80% and 95% are avoidable. And while it’s understandable that other areas of the body, especially the sacrum, get most attention, prevention of heel ulcers also demands dedicated care.

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Limited mobility increases the risk

Particularly at risk of all forms of pressure ulcer are people with limited mobility, especially those confined to lying in a bed or sitting for prolonged periods of time. This applies to the heel as much as any other part of the body.

This is where UK pressure relief specialist company Rober has focused its technological energies. The constant movement of Rober’s pressure relief mattresses ensures that patients are not affected by prolonged periods of pressure and therefore at risk of developing pressure injuries.

Furthermore, evidence suggests that their use can actually accelerate the healing of existing pressure injuries.

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Dedicated pressure relief for heels and lower legs

Rober has now launched a solution specifically designed for the heel and lower limbs.

The NoDec® AIRSTREAM THP (Total Heel Protection) is part of an extensive new product range.

AIRSTREAM THP uses high speed solenoid technology to provide the rapid changes in airflow required to stimulate reactive hyperaemia in the deep tissues surrounding bony prominences.

Most notably it contains an independent heel zone that prevents pressure ulcers from occurring at this site and helps existing pressure injuries to heal.This heel zone avoids the need for the limb to be elevated, and helps to overcome issues that can occur when the heels are left unsupported and weight is concentrated on the Achilles tendon.

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One of a range of automatic mattresses

The AIRSTREAM THP is part of a new generation of fully automatic mattresses. Importantly, patients nursed on them require less manual repositioning, providing welcome relief to overstretched care-givers.

Additional features such as a touch screen display panel, comfort settings, timed static mode, audible and visual alarms, and permanently inflated side formers all provide great benefits to patients and busy nursing staff.

In close collaboration with clinicians, Rober has focused on delivering in four key areas – microclimate control, patient safety and comfort, infection control and nursing support.

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Further Resources

You can see more of the Rober range on their showcase page

There is an area of Independent Living dedicated to hospital-style care beds

We also have details of beds designed primarily for the home

Mattresses to help with pressure management can be found here

 

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