Pressure sores (also referred to as pressure ulcers) occur when pressure is applied in that the blood flow to the soft skin tissue is completely or somewhat blocked. Generally, these sores will occur when the patient hasn’t moved and is positioned in the same place for a duration of time. The healing process for pressure sores depends on the condition of the patient, the patient’s age, existing medical condition, etc. It’s important for medical personnel to re-position patients and utilize positioning products.
Gel positioners are an excellent way to prevent pressure sores from developing on a patient’s skin. These gel positioners can be easily placed underneath patients and come in a wide variety of sizes and designs. For example, a classic ALPS Gel Horseshoe Headrest is an adult size gel head positioner. This gel-based support aids in pressure distribution and helps to prevent ulcers. The outer film protects against punctures or tearing and is a low risk for moisture retention and harboring bacteria. This positioner is specifically designed to be used while carefully positioning a patient’s head. There are many gel positioners designed for different parts of the body and gel positioning kits to suit your facility’s needs.
Though operating room tables often have a soft cushion for the patient to rest on, it’s simply not enough for prolonged operations. The gel positioners are uniquely designed to prevent pressure sores from developing. It’s very important to keep patients safe and make sure they’re as comfortable as possible.
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