Pressure injury prevention
Sub-epidermal moisture (SEM)
Deliver objective and anatomically specific assessment of pressure injury (PI) risk five days*¹ earlier than visual skin assessment, regardless of skin tone². This empowers you with a window of opportunity to deploy a tailored prevention strategy to minimize PI incidence.
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Proven to support significant reductions in PI incidence across care settings
in hospice settings³
in acute care settings⁴
in community care³
Recognized in the latest EPUAP-NPIAP-PPPIA international guidelines⁶
“Consider using a sub-epidermal moisture/edema measurement device as an adjunct to routine clinical skin assessment”
(Strength of evidence = B2, strength of recommendation ↔)
“When assessing darkly pigmented skin, consider assessment of sub-epidermal moisture as an important adjunct strategy.”
(Strength of evidence = B2, strength of recommendation ↑)
The science of sub-epidermal moisture (SEM)
Elevated levels of SEM is a biomarker of early tissue damage that can lead to pressure injury development. SEM can be identified by assessing the biocapacitance of tissue. This non-invasive technology enables early and objective assessment of increased pressure injury (PI) risk, empowering you to take decisive action to minimize PI incidence and to help reduce overall cost and time to care.
Find out more about the role of SEM in pressure injury development
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Provizio® SEM Scanner
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Early and targeted intervention is key
Our pressure injury prevention solutions support you in setting a new standard of clinical excellence by:
• Ensuring early, objective and anatomically specific risk assessment
• Offering comprehensive solutions to enable tailored intervention
• Driving and sustaining improved clinical outcomes
The Arjo Pressure Injury Prevention portfolio
From support surfaces and microclimate management to early and objective risk identification, we offer market-leading innovations designed to support your pressure injury prevention and management in all care settings.
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Okonkwo H, Bryant R, Milne J et al. A blinded clinical study using subepidermal moisture biocapacitance measurement device for early detection of pressure injuries. Wound Repair & Reg 2020;1-11.
Bates-Jensen BM, McCreath HE, Pongquan V. Sub-epidermal moisture is associated with early pressure ulcer damage in nursing home residents with dark skin tones: pilot findings. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2009;36(3):277-284.
Raine G (2021). Is it time to re-evaluate the inevitability of SCALE ulcers at the end of life? Int J Palliat Nurs. 2021 Nov 2;27(9):440-448. doi:10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.9.440. PMID: 34846932.
Bryant RA, Moore ZE, Iyer V. Clinical profile of the SEM Scanner – Modernizing pressure injury care pathways using Sub-Epidermal Moisture (SEM) scanning. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2021 Sep;18(9):833-847.
European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel, Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: The International Guideline 2019. Emily Haesler (Ed.). EPUAP/NPIAP/PPPIA: 2019.