At Apex we understand the overwhelming confusion that a new customer can face when trying to seek the right pressure redistribution mattress. This blog will aim to provide you with the information that you need to understand the features of the Domus range that can help you make an informed decision.
What is a Pressure Ulcer?
Pressure Ulcers (otherwise known as pressure sores or bedsores) are “injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, mainly caused by prolonged pressure on the skin” (NHS, 2019). They can happen to anyone, but usually affect people who are in bed or sit in a chair or wheelchair for long periods of time.
Pressure Ulcers in the Nursing Home
It is stated that 35% of patients are admitted to a nursing home with existing pressure ulcers, with higher risk being caused by the patient’s limited ability to reposition. The same study concluded that pressure ulcers in the nursing home are common problems associated with “significant morbidity and mortality” (Smith, 1995). The British Medical Journal (2006) agrees with this by saying that one-fifth of pressure ulcers are developed in nursing homes.
At Apex we have developed and researched great products that can both help to greatly reduce the threat of pressure ulcers, or manage existing pressure injury for our customers; and we pride ourselves in helping customers identify the best product to suit their needs.
The Domus Range
The Apex Domus Range has been specifically developed to help redistribute and relieve pressure, designed predominantly for the community and home care environments. The Domus 3 is an overlay mattress, the Domus 4 is a full replacement mattress with weight settings, and the Domus Auto is a full replacement, automatically adjusting dynamic mattress.
- Alternating Therapeutic Mode which continuously and sequentially inflates and deflates the air cells to allow for pressure redistribution over a 10 minute cycle time. A study suggests that minimising pressure through redistribution is a key element in preventing Pressure Ulcers (Kathy D, Duncan R.N. 2007). The Domus 3 and 4 dynamic mattress systems have a straightforward to use, intuitive weight setting function, enabling the caregiver to simply set the mattress up according to the weight of each patient. The Domus Auto has a fully automatic weight adjustment function which removes the risk of error in setting the weight on the pump.
- Highly versatile and cost-effective solution to pressure area care. Its modular construction makes it easy to keep clean and maintain, making it suitable for both the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. According to Soppi et al, all air pressure distribution mattresses must have a function that allows deflation for CPR (Soppi et al. 2016). The Domus range have an easily identifiable CPR toggle, which is clearly visible in an emergency.
- Transport Mode is designed to be easy to use should somebody need to be moved i.e. from room to room, whilst remaining on the bed. Its uncomplicated “click in” design also means it is robust and easy to keep clean.
- The mattress cover has a 360-degree zip, white underside to the top cover, vapour permeability, antimicrobial properties and is water-resistant, all aiding in infection prevention (World Health Organisation, 2016).
- Caregiver functions to assist with moving and handling. The Max Firm function inflates the mattress to its fullest pressure to offer a firm, stable surface for repositioning, patient transfers, personal care and nursing intervention.
Should you need any further information on the Domus Range, or alternatively like to book a demonstration, don’t hesitate to get into contact with us. We will be happy to help and guide you further.
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BMJ (2006). Pressure Ulcers.ABC of wound healing.[Online Journal] https://www.bmj.com/content/332/7539/472.short
Kathy D. Duncan R.N. (2007). Preventing Pressure Ulcers: The Goal is Zero. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Volume 33, Issue 10. [Online Journal] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1553725007330699
NHS (2019). Pressure Ulcers (Pressure Sores]. Health A-Z. [Web] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pressure-sores/
Smith (1995). Pressure Ulcers in the Nursing Home. Annals of Internal Medicine. [Online Journal] https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/708996/pressure-ulcers-nursing-home
Soppi, E. Livanainen, A. Sikanen, L. Jouppila-Kupiainen, E. (2016). Performance of different support surfaces during experimental resuscitation (CPR). University of Applied Sciences, Finland.Volume 2, Issue 2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S240584401530431X