Labor Intensive Patients and Critical Health Care Worker Shortage
Patients that are at high risk of developing, or already have, pressure injuries are considered high acuity patients. That is, patients requiring a greater degree of observation and intervention to ensure that they improve or remain stable.
High-risk patients may be very ill, lack mobility, may be incontinent or suffer from a combination of all three. Such patients must be frequently repositioned to prevent pressure injuries. Most facilities required that these patients be repositioned every two hours – 24/7. Whether the patient is in a well-staffed facility or at home, the caregiving requirement is the same.
Aggravating the problem, there is a health care worker shortage that is being called the nation’s top patient safety concern. In the face of such strain on the staff, the task that is often skipped is repositioning. A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine showed an increase of 42% of PrI at skilled nursing facilities related to staffing shortages.
The ProDaptive™ Surface – For ultimate control…
The LeviSense ProDaptive™ Surface: Saves Time…
The ProDaptive™ Surface adjustments are instantaneous. The caregiver can see the change and the patient can feel the adjustment immediately, so the patient can feel the improvement from the adjustment. The surface is more adaptable than any surface on the market, adjustments are precisely calibrated and can be applied accurately to a small area. When the correct personalized adjustment is found, the setters are memorized for quick access.
To remove unwanted pressure on trouble areas, either to unload a painful area or to offload pressure from a treatment area, the caregiver can create cavities (areas with no pressure) anywhere on the surface.
The area around the heels is preprogrammed to float the heels with a one-touch button. No need to search for boots or cushions to float the heels.
…to achieve custom comfort.
…and Reduces Effort
The Mobility Mode produces a very firm surface (75 mmHg) that facilitates ingress, egress, transfers, repositioning, changing linens and is firm enough for CPR. The Mobility Mode reduces the effort of repositioning by more than 30% and the extraordinary envelopment of the SensorCells™ stabilizes and cradles a patient after repositioning. Using the Mobility and Comfort Modes to assit repositioning reduces the effort and time it takes to repostion a patient and eliminates the need for wedges and pillows to stabilize the position.
The Dynamic Offloading Mode is a two-hour cycle of gentle tilting and surface undulations that shift and off-load pressure without sleep disruption. This function is enormously helpful for the caregiver in a home setting for a family member with SCI or another form of functional paralysis.