3-D textiles reduce pressure ulcer risk in the OR
Pressure ulcers are a risk for patients undergoing long surgical procedures. Gel pads, widely used to reduce this risk, are considered to have two major disadvantages: they compromise the patient's thermo regulation by "sucking" warmth from the body and they do not provide sufficient pressure reduction for prominent body parts.
TITV Greiz, for example, specialises in the development and production of elastic 3-D textiles for use on or close to the skin. The structures (available in thicknesses up to 9 mm) feature soft and skin-friendly surfaces.
The textiles were tested
in the HELIOS Klinik Blankenhain. Ten custom-made operating theatre table pads were provided for use in traumatology/orthopaedics, general surgery and urology. The material was used primarily during long interventions (joint replacement, gastro-intestinal surgery, surgical removal of gastro-intestinal tumours and those in the urogenital tract) of up to six hours.
Overall, it was concluded that spacer fibres are well suited for the prevention of pressure ulcers during surgery, and: ‘One crucial advantage in terms of hygiene is the fact that these textiles do not release any fibres.’
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