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New ways to visualise interface pressure to help understand support surfaces

25th July 2016

In recent years several new products and concepts have established themselves in the pressure area care market place and this has resulted in a wider choice of products for both healthcare providers and patients.

By understanding the differences between full dynamic mattress replacement systems, hybrid mattresses and foam mattresses healthcare providers can make an informed choice that is best for them and more importantly best for their patients who are at risk of pressure ulceration. 

One scientific way to assess support surfaces and differentiate between them is by looking at interface pressure.

Earlier this year Talley launched a unique, interactive, tablet based interface pressure educational App. This offers customers a fully interactive way of understanding the pressure redistribution capabilities of a range of support surfaces. 

To support this educational ‘Pressure Relief Index’ (PRI) App and to put the relevance of support surface interface pressure testing into a clinical context Talley have now launched their latest clinical brochure entitled ‘Understanding Support Surfaces Using Interface Pressure’.

This new clinical brochure clearly demonstrates the way in which ‘reactive’ (constant low pressure) support surfaces, hybrid mattresses, and full ‘active’ (dynamic) mattress replacement systems work and enables you to compare and contrast the pressure redistribution offered by each of these very different support surfaces. 

Understanding how these different support surfaces work and how they redistribute the pressure enables customers to make a fully informed choice when proving a mattress to a patient.

Operations Director Kevin Mearns said:

‘Educating and informing customers is an important part of our business at Talley and by highlighting the key differences between support surfaces it will ensure that our customers choose the most appropriate product for each patient.’

‘Ultimately this means that healthcare providers understand what, why and when to use our products and they can then target this resource effectively – thereby making them more cost effective while simultaneously ensuring that patients have the best possible chance of a positive clinical outcome.’

‘The new interactive PRI App and interface pressure brochure help educate our customers in a very clear and concise way and this makes their decision making at the bed side far easier’.

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