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Focus on Skin Integrity

September 1, 2007
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Pressure-Management Mattresses


With features that address prevention through stage IV pressure ulcers, Direct Supply's Panacea® foam and powered mattresses support residents, advance clinical care, and increase confidence in long-term care facilities while helping them to comply with F-tag 314. With durable yet flexible nylon covers, multiple layers of absorbent foam, and therapeutic comfort, Panacea mattress are high quality and affordable.

Backed by a reliable warranty, Panacea mattresses feature the Integrity 30™ fire barrier to comply with fire regulations 16 CFR 1633, CA #129, and TB 603.

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Skin Care System



SECURA™ from Smith & Nephew improves skin care with a four-step intervention system including cleansers, protectants, moisturizers, and treatments. When used as part of Skin Equity™—an integrated skin and wound care program from Smith & Nephew—SECURA has helped acute care and long-term care facilities achieve sustainable, measurable, and repeatable results.

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Pressure-Reduction Mattresses



Chestnut Ridge Foam, Inc., manufactures a complete family of pressure-reduction mattresses. The CAREFLEX™ PHPFP mattress features firm cushioning on both edges of the mattress for additional side perimeter stability. Additional features include graduated levels of high-density comfort cushioning, which ensure mattress thickness retention and long-term support characteristics. The built-in “waffle” design increases air flow, enhances pressure-reduction characteristics, and reduces mattress heat retention. All PHP models have a super-soft heel pad to help maximize targeted wound care therapy.

Chestnut Ridge Foam sells mattresses directly to individual facilities, multifacility owners, and group purchasing organizations.

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Barrier Cream



Elta Trivase offers waterproof protection for irritated skin and relieves symptoms associated with a wide range of fungal infections. Enhanced with Elta's Protease Technology, Trivase acts quickly, eliminating proteins that inhibit healing while preserving beneficial cytokines in damaged tissue.

Trivase contains 2% miconazole to help fight fungal infections, and it adheres to denuded tissue, improving skin integrity while providing a decrease in pain, redness, and tenderness.

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Pain-Relieving Skin-Tear Management



Made in the USA by Ferris Mfg. Corp., PolyMem QuadraFoam dressings address painful skin tears that may become infected and may heal slowly in compromised patients. PolyMem's formulation of QuadraFoam improves skin-tear outcome by helping to reduce the pain associated with skin tears, facilitate quicker healing, and reduce the risk of infection at the skin-tear site.

Samples plus nursing home–specific clinical evidence are available.

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Support Surfaces



Joerns® P.R.O. (Pressure Relief Optimization) Matt support surfaces are designed for Joerns bed frames. The quality and safety features of UltraCare electric low beds complement Joerns Healthcare's new mattresses.

The clinical efficacy of P.R.O. Matt rivals low-air-loss systems. P.R.O. technology enables true pressure redistribution through non-powered, automatic cell adjustment to provide personal contouring of the mattress. These support surfaces can convert to alternating pressure therapy, and they are backed by a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Bruise Cream



Physicians Complex's Bruise Cream has been used by dermatologists for the past 10 years and is now available for long-term care treatment. This professional-strength cream helps reduce and prevent bruising associated with surgical procedures, as well as bruising that may result from an anticoagulant regimen.

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Skin Antiseptic



Alcavis International has introduced ExSept Plus, a sodium hypochlorite–based antiseptic for skin and site care. An effective alternative to povidone iodine, alcohol, and chlor-hexidine gluconate, ExSept Plus is non-irritating, non-sensitizing, non-cytotoxic, fungicidal, and virucidal. It is effective in two minutes and is compatible with all catheter materials.

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Pressure-Relieving Mattress



The Egress EZ® from Invacare features built-in, embedded handles that allow residents to grab on to the mattress without collapsing the sidewall. The mattress is designed to assist the resident with ingress, egress, bed mobility, and transfer.

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