Hill-Rom is releasing a new hospital bed designed for patients with serious wounds. The Envella Air Fluidized Therapy Bed pumps air from below a mattress-like layer of silicone beads, helping to make sure that even the tissue that is contact with the bed receives air circulation while helping to distribute pressure evenly.
The company says that laying in an air fluidized therapy bed feels similar to floating on water. The shear and pressure forces are naturally kept low, something Hill-Rom touts as a major benefit over competitor products.
In a study relating to high-risk post-op ICU patients, 25 patients were placed on standard surfaces and 27 were placed on AFT surfaces. Only one of the 27 patients developed a pressure injury while on AFT compared to 40 injuries on the standard surfaces8. Use of AFT was estimated by the authors of the study to reduce costs by 88%.
For patients who already have a pressure injury, Air Fluidized Therapy drastically outperforms in terms of pressure injury healing. In a comprehensive study of 664 nursing home patients, AFT healed wounds at a 4.4 times faster rate than powered air surfaces. Subsequent studies and cost models estimate that this healing rate brings a 77% reduction in overall healing time and a 66% reduction in the total cost.
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