Reduction of Moisture Lesions
The EPUAP guidelines¹ clearly recognise the role microclimate (heat and moisture) control has in protecting skin from damage from pressure and shear. For example, they state that when pressure ulcers deteriorate or fail to heal the professional should consider replacing the existing support surface with one that improves pressure redistribution and microclimate.
Excessive moisture on skin weakens collagen and softens the stratum corneum which leads to maceration of the skin, increasing the risk of skin trauma from pressure and shear. In severe cases, the skin can be so badly damaged that a moisture lesion develops.
Unfortunately, due to issues with delamination of polyurethane-coated covers on standard foams a few years ago, manufacturers have strengthened fabrics and as a result made them much less breathable, resulting in patients sweating more. This, compounded with an ageing population of patients who are less mobile and have multiple complications, has led to an increase in moisture-related skin damage.
Medstrom have been committed for a number of years to addressing this very problem, focusing on reducing skin temperature at the skin/surface interface and reducing humidity on the skin to reduce sweating. At the same time we have been focused on enhancing pressure redistribution, reducing shear stress, improving patient comfort and ensuring product recycling to help reduce overall spend. Medstrom have achieved all this in one product providing a ‘real’ alternative to foam.
AeroSpacer is a revolutionary therapeutic support system comprising 3D spacer textiles, which are shown to be superior to foam in assisting the prevention and treatment of moisture lesions and pressure ulcers and improving a patient’s microclimate and comfort levels.
1. EPUAP Clinical Practice Guidelines, 2014.