NPIAP’s Support Surface Standards Initiative (S3I) Reveals Its Recently Published Support Surface Standards

Farmington, UT – September 28, 2019 – Venture-backed medical technology development company, LeviSense Medical, Inc., sent its technical team to Weber State University in Farmington, Utah to hear from a panel of researchers the Support Surface Standards Initiative (S3I) Committee.  The one-day event featured leading researchers in the field of pressure injury etiology and support surface development and testing.

Research was presented that changes the fundamental understanding of the causes of pressure injuries, previously thought to be a occlusion of the blood flow to the affected area.  New research may prove that the cause of the injury has more to do with shear, which can cause deep tissue damage more rapidly than previously thought.  In addition, there was a focus on vapor and moisture management.

The S3I Committee discussed its recently released standards and how they can be applied to assist bedside clinicians as well as procurement professionals in selecting support surfaces for their patients, patient populations and institutions.

“Many of the wound care professionals that attended, expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the art of support surface design.  They are eager for change.  We appear to be catching the wave at the exact right time,” said LeviSense’s Director Gary Magnant.

About LeviSense Medical, Inc.:

LeviSense Medical, Inc. is a Boston area medical technology firm engaged in developing a therapeutic bed system that will advance the prevention and treatment of pressure induced wounds and ulcers in a variety of patient populations and disease states.

For more information about LeviSense, visit the company’s Web site at

About the NPIAP S3I Committee:

Founded in 2001 to fill the need for performance and reporting standards, the S3I was originally created as a three-year project tasked with development of uniform terminology, test methods and reporting standards for support surfaces. With the affiliation with ANSI/RESNA, S3I became the official standards body for the United States. For more information about the NPIAP S3I Committee (Click Here).