EXPERT TECHNICAL ADVICE
The Importance Of Pressure Management
Many people discuss ‘Comfort ‘and’ Pressure Relief’, and the subjects are inextricably linked.
If we can increase an individual’s surface area contact between themselves and their chair, then we spread their weight over a larger area, reducing the pressure on their body parts, including legs, bottom, arms and backs. The fabrics are in price categories for simplicity.
Occupational Therapists and Specialists will advise repositioning every 2 hours and the use of significant tilt angles (up to 45 degrees) which can achieve pressure reductions particularly in the pelvic area. However the highest pressure is found in the seating cushion area under the bottom and Primacare have 7 different seating arrangements to offer depending on the level of risk of pressure sores and ulcers.
Pressure Management Mapping
Primacare different seat cushions options have all been extensively tested using a pressure mat which contains 120 different pressure sensors over the seating area of a chair. Pressure Mapping is unique to the individual user, the type of cushion and the relative position of the chair. However the mapping can give proportional performance and a pressure map when comparing different cushions with the same user.
Please note that users with pressure relief concerns should seek the advice of an Occupational Therapist or Tissue Viability Specialist who can advise on the level of Pressure Relief required.