BBC Wales News - 07/07/2017
BBC Wales News - Two firms in Wales are hoping they can help offer new hi-tech solutions to tackle the costly problem of bedsores. Treating wounds caused by issues such as pressure ulcers costs the Welsh NHS 10% of its annual budget - £600m. Across the UK the bill is about £4bn.
But one Wrexham-based mattress company says it has devised a system that can move a patient every 10 minutes, to reduce the risks.
"You can never underestimate the patient experience with pressure ulcers," said Paula Lawrence, a specialist nurse at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. "It impacts severely on their quality of life - often leading to patients feeling isolated, embarrassed, and there is a considerable economic hardship associated with the development of pressure ulcers." She said the estimated cost of dealing with a patient with a bedsore can be anything from £1,200 up to as much £14,000, depending on the severity of the ulcer.
According to health experts, it can take as little as two hours for an immobile patient to develop a pressure sore in bed.
But the firm Cloudcair hopes its latest development can put an end to the problem, with a mattress that changes position constantly.
The company claims it is the world's first smart pressure care mattress system.
"The main innovation is that it is internet connected, which means we can remotely diagnose the bed as it is under the patient, and remote alarm," said Cloudcair's Jeremy Jones.
"The unit will send that message directly to the response centre either at the hospital or to a third party. That saves a lot of discomfort and a lot of nursing time, and allows us to control the system a lot better."
Arab Health 2017, Dubai
Following our success at Medica in Dusseldorf last year, CloudCair was exhibiting again at Arab Health in Dubai. Arab Health is the leading medical equipment exhibition in the area and the second largest globally. Adam Spiby, Sales Director said "We are delighted at the response to our CloudCair system, with interest from most of the Gulf States and as far afield as Singapore and New Zealand."
The stand, part of the Welsh Government trade mission was visited by Nicola Blackwood MP, UK Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation who was keen to hear the many benefits of our internet connected pressure care mattress system.
Jeremy Jones, CloudCair's Technical Director felt that the high level innovation in the CloudCair product was appropriate for a city sporting the world's tallest building. "There was significant interest in the IoT (Internet of Things) nature of our device bringing improved maintenance and lower costs"