Conforming Comfort Patient Positioning Wedge

Although most hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) are reasonably preventable,¹⁻⁴ approximately 2.5 million individuals in the United States develop a pressure injury in acute care facilities every year.⁵ These pressure injuries can result in extensive harm, including chronic wounds, and as many as 60,000 deaths annually.

⁶ HAPI care represents a substantial financial burden on health care systems. Previous estimates of the national cost of treating HAPIs ranged from $3.3 billion⁷ to $11 billion⁸ annually. In comparison, recent claims by Medicare beneficiaries showed that chronic pressure injury care accounted for about $22 billion.⁹ As the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced reimbursement related to hospital-acquired conditions including HAPIs, hospitals have faced the full financial burden of these harms;⁸,¹⁰ a single HAPI episode could cost hospitals ,anywhere from $500 to more than $70 000.

¹¹ Incorporating turn and position wedges within your patient mobility program could potentially result in a reduction in pressure injuries. The use of mobility tools and patient positioning wedges can reduce friction and shearing on a patient’s skin, and can reduce moisture and pressure build up against a patient’s body

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The 30° Conforming Comfort® articulated wedges aid in the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries by offloading the sacrum, while helping to provide proper body alignment. This design helps maintain a natural side lying position while providing improved comfort and support over the traditional flat-sided wedges, resulting in higher patient compliance. The articulated wedge design minimizes patient downward migration, hence reducing the need for boosting. Available in bariatric and standard sizes, and as a single patient use or reusable design.

• Single patient use wedges come with a non-woven cover that can be hand washed up to 3 times
• Reusable wedge cover can be cleaned per facility’s disinfection instructions
• Reusable cover has a non-skid fabric to help keep patient and wedge positioned according to facility’s protocol
• Bariatric wedges are a dual density product with the bottom layer designed to support up to 500 lbs and comes standard with a memory foam top layer to address comfort and skin integrity
Item Number
LUS-WEDGEXL-SPU Disposable, single patient use, Conforming Comfort® wedge cover. Bariatric use, SWL 500 lbs, 18” x 15” x 8” 12 ea/cs
LUS-WEDGEXL-STD Wipeable Conforming Comfort wedge. Bariatric use, SWL 500 lbs, 18” x 15” x 8” 6 ea/cs
LUS-WEDGE-SPU Disposable, single patient use, Conforming Comfort articulated wedge. SWL 250 lbs, 18” x 10.5” x 7” 24 ea/cs
LUS-WEDGE-STD Wipeable Conforming Comfort articulated wedge. SWL 250 lbs, 18” x 10.5” x 7” 12 ea/cs
LUS-1171000-36 Disposable, non-woven cover fits standard wedge (item number LUS-WEDGE-SPU), standard size, 36 ea
LUS-1171050-36 Disposable, non-woven cover fits bariatric wedge (item number LUS-WEDGEXLSPU), bariatric size, 36 ea

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