Research in the field of medicine is crucial not only for the development of new treatments but also for the continual improvement of patient care practices. Whilst it is research regarding the development of new medicines that often hogs the headlines, other vital information which is gathered also has a crucial impact on the day to day treatment of patients.
Recently, potentially vital research has been published on the relationship between vascular disease and hospital acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs). That research may help in the identification of those patients most at risk from HAPIs and further exemplifies the importance of specialised equipment such as Heelift offloading boots in guarding against such injuries.
Vascular Disease and HAPIs
A study into 849 patients with vascular disease on a progressive care unit in an acute care hospital found that 11.8% of them developed at least one HAPI. That compares with the average rate of HAPI development for a critical care unit of 8.1% and an average rate of just 3.7% for a progressive care unit.
The research, then, seems to show that there is a correlation between vascular disease and the chance of developing a HAPI. Whilst the risk for developing HAPIs among vascular disease patients is not entirely understood, it is clear and obvious why such research is important.
Being able to better identify patients at risk of HAPIs, after all, can allow for the better use of Heelift offloading boots and other similar specialised positioners to lessen the likelihood of those injuries developing. With better protection against HAPIs, too, the cost of treatment per patient, length of stay in hospital and likelihood of re-admittance within 30 days can all be reduced.
Heelift Offloading Boots
No matter how you assess the risk, however, one thing remains constant, and that is the best way to prevent wounds on high risk patients. The Heelift family of offloading boots has long been the gold standard in heel pressure injury prevention.
Designed especially to offload a patient’s heel, Heelift offloading boots are already trusted by thousands of healthcare professionals. Utilising light and breathable material, the boots securely but comfortably hold a patient’s foot in the correct position to prevent the development of pressure injuries.
Moorings Mediquip can help you assess your current pressure injury prevention and work with you to create a plan that lowers prevalence.
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