DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20220846
Published: 2022-03-25

ReliefP, an automated bedsore prevention device, primary benchtop evaluation

Abu Saquib Tauheed, Ranjith P., Vimal K. Kakani, Sujay Shetty

Abstract


Background: Few disease states ever present themselves to an attainable and near-term solution as pressure ulcers. Bedsore develops when blood supply to the skin is cut off for more than 2 to 3 hours. As the skin dries, bedsore first starts as a red, painful area, which eventually turns purple. Left untreated, skin can break open and the area can become infected.

Method: A set of 50 subjects were identified who are willingly volunteering in the test. As the COVID-19 pandemic has extensively limited access to the hospital and patients, it was decided to conduct the experiment in-house.

Results: For all the 50 volunteers, the device was able to relieve the high-pressure point under the patient heel within 20 mins. The mean time taken is 11 mins 6 sec.

Conclusions: This preliminary study provides some initial data supporting the hypothesis that the RelifP device can identify and relieve the high-pressure area and equalize the pressure throughout. This technology can positively impact prevention in bedsores and reduce the pain and distress borne by the affected patient and caregivers.


Keywords


Pressure ulcer, Bedsore, Prevention, Benchtop testing

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