Seating Matters Injury Prevention Program™

The clinical trial carried out by Ulster University and Seating Matters recorded significant results for patients and facilities – including an 88% reduction in pressure injuries. This groundbreaking research is having a significant impact on patient care.¹

The Injury Prevention Program™ is a way to help your organization replicate these results in your own facility.

Often the achievement of these results is the result of a culture change in the organization about how pressure injuries are looked upon and treated by all the staff in the facility. For this reason, the Program involves a cross-section of the staff all working together towards a common goal. The Injury Prevention Program™ offers a full service program for facilities through provision of correct seating, training, maintenance, education of staff, clinical analysis and reporting of clinical activities.

Together we work towards the common goal of reducing pressure injuries and improving patient care.

The Critical Issue of Our Time

Despite ongoing research and advanced clinical skill levels, pressure injuries still affect 1 in 5 of all patients across the acute, long term care and home care environments.

22 of every 100 patients will have a pressure injury2

13 will die within one year3

11 of these lives could be saved through this program¹

The Cost of Treatment

Pressure injuries cause immense suffering and pain, combined with fear, isolation and anxiety.4

 Apart from the decreased quality of life that an individual suffers there are also significant financial costs to the healthcare system.    The average length of stay for patients with hospital acquired pressure injuries is 6.4 days longer.5

The majority of money for the treatment of pressure injuries is spent on nursing time.

This program will reduce hospital stays and the number of patient deaths.

Settlements costs associated with legal cases for medical malpractice for pressure injury development average $250,0006

These are greatly reduced when healthcare facilities follow proper procedures.

Don’t Just Lie There!

An individual can spend 8-10 hours on a bed and mattress and then be transferred to a chair that often does not address the complex needs of that individual. Standard chairs or transport wheelchairs with tilt functions are being used and are often inappropriate for the pressure management needs of these patients. Valuable resources are being wasted and the clinical gains achieved while on the mattress surface are being undone.

A person is better able to swallow, digest and eliminate in a sitting posture as opposed to lying in bed. In addition, improved sitting posture can aid respiration, with oxygen levels being higher in 95% of users of therapeutic seating, reducing the risk of skin breakdown.¹

In a recent 2-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership research project and clinical trial conducted by Ulster University in conjunction with Seating Matters, there was an 88% reduction in pressure injury rates with an intervention group using the Seating Matters chairs.¹

Click here for more information on the Seating Matters Clinical Research

The Cost of a Fall

Falls are a common occurrence in care facilities and hospitals and cause an immense amount of unnecessary suffering and pain.  One in every five falls causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury.7

When a patient has an unnecessary fall there is a large number of consequences resultant from this physically, mentally and economically.  These include injuries like broken bones and bruising, delayed rehab, increased length of stay in hospital and increased manual handling risks, which put significant strain on healthcare systems and unnecessary suffering for patients.  The average cost for a fall injury in the US is $35,000.8

This program will reduce your litigation risks.

Cost Benefit Analysis

We are so confident that your organisation will see significant cost savings as part of this program that we cover the cost of capital investment in providing the therapeutic seating.  The Program will cost only a small percentage of the cost of treating pressure injuries and so the cost will be easily offset by the the reduction in pressure injury occurrence.

No Capital Expenditure

Low affordable, regular payments

Save money from your operational budgets

Saving opportunity of 1.6%-2.4% of a health systems budget

This program is self funding and the savings will far outweigh the investment.

Injury Prevention Program™

The Injury Prevention Program™ is a managed service designed to replicate the significant results from the Ulster University clinical trial in your facility, including a reduction in pressure injuries by 88%.  Translating these results into measurable benefits for healthcare systems and patients.  

This program aims to address issues frequently present in facilites, evident from pressure injury rates which remain high across healthcare settings, by implementing the following 6 steps to success:

  1. Provision of Therapeutic Seating
  2. Clinical Seating Audit
  3. Clinical Training
  4. Technical Services
  5. Technical Training
  6. Reporting Services

Through an on-going program of support, education, training and audits by a Seating Specialist, the Injury Prevention Program™ is designed to facilitate a 24-hour solution to pressure management. We aim to instill a long-term change in culture and help in a significant reduction in pressure injuries.

References

  1.  Daly, O., Casey, J., Martin, S., Tierney, M. & McVey, O. (2013) The effectiveness of specialist seating provision for nursing home residents, Ulster University.
  2.  Waterlow, J. (1998) The Waterlow Card for the prevention and management of pressure sores: towards a pocket policy.  Care Science Practice, 6 (1). p8-12.
  3. Lyder CH. (2002) Pressure ulcer prevention. Annual Review of Nursing Research. 20, 35-61.
  4. Fox, C. (2002) Living with a pressure ulcer: a descriptive study of patient’s experiences.  British Journal of Community Nursing, Wound Care Supplement. 10 p.12-14
  5. Lyder, CH. et al. (2012) Hospital acquired pressure ulcers: Results from the national Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System (MPSMS) Study.  Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 60. p. 1603 – 1608
  6. Bennet, RH., O’ Sullivan, J., DeVito, EM,. Remsberg, R. (2000) The increasing medical malpractice risk related to pressure ulcers in the United States.  Journal of American Geriatric Society. 48 (1). p.73-81
  7. Alexander, BH., Revera, FP., Wolf, ME. (1992)  The cost and frequency of hospitalisation for fall relatd injuries in older adults.  American Journal of Public Health. 82 (7) p.1020-3
  8. Stevens, JA., Corso, PS., Finkelstein, EA., Miller, TR. (2006) The cost of fatal and non-fatal falls among older adults.  Injury Prevention. 12 (5). p290-5.
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