Arjo shares insights to advance the field of pressure injury prevention
Early detection and efficient prevention are areas in which Arjo is contributing to advancing the field of pressure injury prevention and improving patient outcomes. This month Arjo is presenting research and field insights at the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel annual meeting in Leeds, UK.
Pressure injuries are one of the largest unsolved medical complications today,1 causing severe suffering and prolonged hospitalisation for patients, and significant costs and resources for healthcare facilities worldwide. By combining focus on clinical expertise and investing in Research and Development, Arjo has built a market-leading portfolio of pressure injury prevention solutions.
A strong commitment to advancing the field of pressure injury prevention is the foundation of the 18 abstracts that Arjo and partner Bruin Biometrics LLC will present at the 2023 European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) annual meeting in Leeds. The overarching theme of these abstracts is how to improve patient outcomes with several topics covering the benefits of measuring Sub-Epidermal Moisture (SEM) levels to detect pressure injuries early. This technique has been proven to reduce the incidence of pressure injuries by as much as 90 percent in an acute care setting.2
Recognising the need for early detection, Arjo offers the Provizio® SEM Scanner enabling caregivers to detect risk of pressure injuries five days before they become visible to the eye,3 and regardless of skin tone.4 The Provizio® SEM Scanner, developed by Bruin Biometrics LLC and sold exclusively by Arjo, is currently the only available device for scanning sub-epidermal moisture levels.
“Pressure injuries are one of the largest unsolved healthcare challenges today, and current standards of care do not always lead to pressure ulcer prevention. The Provizio® SEM Scanner, which provides objective risk assessment, has been proven to significantly reduce pressure injury rates across care settings, leading to improved outcomes for the patient, carers and healthcare facilities,” says Caroline Fallon, Clinical & Training Lead at Arjo UK.
1 Li Z, Lin F, Thalib L, Chaboyer W. Global prevalence and incidence of pressure injuries in hospitalised adult patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Nurs Stud. 2020 May; Moore Z, Avsar P, Conaty L, Moore D.H, Patton D, & O’Connor T (2019) The prevalence of pressure ulcers in Europe, what does the European data tell us? Journal of Wound Care; Berlowitz D, Lukas CV, Parker V, Niederhauser A, Silver J, Logan Cet al. Preventing pressure ulcers in hospitals: a toolkit for improving quality of care [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 2]; Anthony, D. M., Alosoumi, D., and Safari, R. (2019). ‘Prevalence of pressure ulcers in long term care: A global review’, Journal of Wound Care, 28(11), pp. 1-7. DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2019.28.11.702
2 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.
3 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/wrr.12790
4 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.
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For more information, please contact:
Lynne Hamilton-Gow, Strategic Marketing Lead - SEM
Tel: +44 7813 364850
Esther Acton, Director, Product Category Management, Pressure Injury Prevention
Tel: +44 29 2044 7105
The “European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel” was created in 1996 to lead and support all European countries in the efforts to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. The International Guidelines, which EPAUP produces in collaboration with the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA), are globally recognised and used by health professionals for the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries.
At Arjo, we believe that empowering movement within healthcare environments is essential to quality care. Our products and solutions are designed to promote a safe and dignified experience through patient handling, medical beds, personal hygiene, disinfection, diagnostics, and the prevention of pressure injuries and venous thromboembolism. With more than 6,500 people worldwide and over 65 years caring for patients and healthcare professionals, we are committed to driving healthier outcomes for people facing mobility challenges. www.arjo.com