An advanced Pressure Imaging System was funded by SSIT. The system measures pressure on the body where it is in contact with a wheelchair cushion. Because wheelchair users may be seated in the same position for many hours a day the skin becomes vulnerable to pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers present a significant threat to patient health and may result in bed rest for many months to allow them to heal. As such the benefits of this new system are immeasurable.
“This new system gives us a visual map of an individual’s entire seating area. The system provides a picture of the effectiveness of the pressure relieving cushion and an understanding of how limited body movements can help to relieve pressure. This is key to patient wellbeing and quality of life.”
Matt Fiddy, Outpatient Technician, Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre