Addressing the Challenge
Localized areas of the patient are subjected to abnormal levels of stress during surgical procedures, potentially resulting in poor tissue perfusion with ischemia, tissue breakdown, and the development of pressure injuries1
. Prone positioning, in particular, is identified as a significant predictor of these occurrences2
Antiquated positioning systems, counter to their intended effect, may intensify risks of HAPI formation. For example, direct contact with non-breathable surfaces may increase the risk of skin maceration and tissue breakdown when moisture cannot dissipate at a natural rate. Additionally, abrasive surfaces may increase friction during and after positioning, increasing the risk of tissue damage and pressure injury. It is estimated that the cost incurred by hospitals per HAPI incident is $43,1803
. Unfortunately, patients under general anesthesia lack both protective reflexes and the ability to communicate, exposing them completely to the risks of these hospital acquired injuries.
Xodus Medical has developed a focused line of products dedicated to improving patient safety in prone positions. We work closely with OR staff members and patient safety advocates to minimize positioning related risks. Our approach to reducing HAPI formation involves:
Specialty materials that are open-celled and breathable
Maintain ideal levels of moisture, pH, etc. near the patients skin
Products that are soft to the touch, supportive and shape conforming
Reduce friction and skin shearing
Reduce the risk of surgical site infections and cross-contamination
Latex Free, Fire-Retardant guarantee
Guards against allergic reactions and environmental risks
Products that inflate and/or take shape immediately upon removal from packaging
Improve surgical set-up times
1 Spruce L, Van Wicklin SA. Back to basics: positioning the patient. AORN J. 2014;100(3):299-303.
2 Shaw LF, Chang PC, Lee JF, Kung HY, Tung TH. Incidence and predicted risk factors of pressure ulcers in surgical patients: Experience at a medical center in Taipei, Taiwan. Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:416896. DOI: 10.1155/2014/416896.
3 Armstrong DG, Ayello EA, Capitulo KL, et al. New opportunities to improve pressure ulcer prevention and treatment: Implications of the CMS inpatient hospital care present on admission (POA) indicators/hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) policy. A consensus paper from the International Expert Would Care Advisory Panel. Wounds. 2008;35(5), 485Y492. DOI: 10.1097/01.WON.0000335960.68113.82.