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Elin Haugs Langvik in Tidewave talks about a product for gentle turning of patients with low or no mobility. Photo: Thor Ole Gulsrud, IRIS/Norway Pumps & Pipes.


Health technology product for avoiding bedsores

16.12.2016

Friday 16.12 the last Norway Pumps & Pipes lunch seminar in 2016 was arranged. This time the topic was a new technology for automated turning of patients with low or no mobility; Tidewave.

Manual turning of patients with low or no mobility has several disadvantages: Health care workers are spending many working hours on turning patients. Back injuries related to manual lifting is the main cause of sick leave in the health service. The health institutions spend huge resources on this problem area. Treatment of bedsores account for 4% of the national health budget. Last but not least, manual turning can be painful to the patients.

About 50% of the 45.000 residents in Norwegian nursing homes need pressure relief. The global market for pressure relief products is increasing, mainly due to aging, obesity, and a well-functioning health care system.

Tidewave is a rotational module that can be placed on any bed base in combination with a mattress. The rotational module is being curved by using an automated pressure unit. The movement of the rotational module is turning the patient according to a predefined time schedule.

The Tidewave team gave an exciting presentation and talked about how they work together with the oil industry in the development of a product that turns the patients in a gentle way by applying  automated pressure control.

The seminar was fully booked with more than 30 participants.

 
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