A pressure ulcer, also known as a pressure sore or pressure injury, refers to localised damage to the skin and the underlying tissues. These ulcers usually appear on thin tissue covering bony parts of the body that are in contact with hard surfaces such as a bed or a medical device.1
When fitted with a medical device such as a mask or breathing tube for long periods of time, patients are at an increased risk of developing a pressure ulcer. These may cause pain, anxiety, discomfort and distress for your patient which impacts on your ability to provide them with the care they need.1
NIV masks are commonly known to increase the chances of developing a pressure ulcer but are also vital to delivering quality respiratory care.2 It is therefore important to identify the risk factors associated with pressure ulcers and be confident in the steps you can take to prevent them.
A mask that is too big places unnecessary pressure on the face.
A mask that is too small causes unwanted friction.
Shifting the mask without loosening the straps pulls on the face causing unwanted friction and shear forces.
If the mask is not sitting symmetrically, it may place extra pressure on facial areas.
Our NIV therapy solutions are thoughtfully designed with you and your patient in mind.
Evidence and guidance for delivering Optiflow NHF, proven respiratory support for your patients.
Providing Optimal Humidity for intubated patients
Full face masks designed for comfort and care
Establish effective spontaneous breathing or assist ventilation of the lungs
Noninvasive respiratory support that provides a continuous distending pressure
Respiratory support that replaces spontaneous breathing
Noninvasive respiratory support that delivers high flows of blended air and oxygen
Designed to work in harmony with the way patients naturally breathe while they sleep
F&P SleepStyle - designed to strike the balance between comfort and effective treatment