The Pressure Ulcer Problem

Pressure Ulcers have been around since the beginning of recorded history.

Pressure ulcers have been a plaguing healthcare problem since the beginning of recorded history. Evidence of Pressure ulcers were discovered in Egyptian mummies dating back more than 5,000 years. Since that time, numerous theories and treatments aimed at preventing and treating pressure ulcers have come to light with limited results.

Once a pressure ulcer has formed it can be difficult to heal. Early stages of pressure ulcers can heal on their own if pressure can be kept off the wound. However, treatment for deep ulcers is difficult. Some sores take months or years to heal completely, while others never heal and patients die from complications. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, "About 60,000 patients die as a direct result of a pressure ulcer every year."1

Science and medicine have come a long way. Pressure sores, as simplistic as they may seem, too often develop into serious injuries. The most practical approach to the pressure ulcer problem is prevention. Problems that never exist are easy and inexpensive to deal with. However, when pressure ulcers occur, the most important factor in treatment is keeping pressure off the wound. In a zero gravity condition patients could float around—free of bodily pressure—while the wound heals. Here on earth, we have real body weight creating real pressure that needs to be managed and dealt with for prevention and treatment.

Historically, there has been no known cure for this ancient problem. No device has proven successful at preventing/treating pressure ulcers. Many devices are universally despised by the patient for reasons of pain, noise, and sleep deprivation. Imagine trying to lay calm and rest on a noisy mattress that is constantly moving.

The Low-G® Approach

While using Low-G molecular foam, your body doesn't experience its own weight under normal gravitational forces. The patented foam material dissipates the effect of gravity on the body and eases pressure points by redistributing weight evenly across the flotation surface. Tissue pressure drops below the capillary threshold pressure, 0.6psi(32mm HG), reducing the risk of pressure ulcers developing. Thanks to this reduced tissue pressure, existing pressure wounds have a better chance of healing.

1. Are we ready for this change?. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.