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Knowing When to Turn: How to Identify Patient Risk

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If you’ve ever woken up in the morning and found creases in your skin, or been presented with an unhelpfully numb arm, you’ll have experienced the effects of pressure exertion on a healthy body over a prolonged period of time. Because you were lying in a single position, your skin creased, or the blood was unable to flow to  a particular part of the body, causing it to numb. Whilst these effects aren’t dangerous and generally wear off in a matter of moments, when the same pressure is applied to a patient with weaker, less healthy skin, the result can be harmful pressure ulcers and sores that leave the patient open to infection.

This is because with weaker skin, there is a higher risk of tissue breakdown when pressure is applied persistently over long periods of time. When tissue breakdown occurs, a patient is often left in pain and a heightened chance of the resultant wound becoming infected, further damaging their health. So how do we know which patients are more likely to have weakened skin, and are therefore also likely to develop pressure sores?

Any patient who is severally immobile is at immediate risk as, without help, they will be unable even to shift the pressure away from one particular part of the body. These patients often include:

  • Stroke Victims
  • Diabetes instigated neuropathy
  • Comatose patients
  • Patients in casts
  • Spinal problems
  • Patients who are post-surgery

Similarly, certain diseases often increase the likelihood of damaging tissue breakdown and these include:

  • Diabetes
  • Circulation issues
  • Incontinence
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Swelling
  • Anemia
  • History of smoking
  • Obesity

Here at Genie Care, we are proud to offer a product that not only ensures patients can be turned as often as necessary, but that can also help you carry out the process safely and more efficiently too. Our ToTo turning device offers safe, gentle, automated patient turning that can be programmed to function precisely as the user wishes. Its quiet operation even allows for turning as the patient sleeps.

Give us a call today for more information on the importance of patient turning and how the ToTo can help!

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