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Hybrid support surfaces Made Easy

Amit Gefen, Hiromi Sanada, Morag Irvine
7 May 2015

The number of people at risk from pressure ulcers is increasing due to an ageing population and a rising prevalence of long-term conditions globally. Since most pressure ulcers are preventable, greater demands are being placed on practitioners to implement strategies for prevention. The variety of support surfaces available for pressure ulcer care, however, often makes selection difficult and delays implementation. This Made Easy focuses on a new, yet established, category known as hybrid support surfaces. These are becoming increasingly important as alternatives to high-quality foam or alternating mattresses. With a wide range of hybrid systems available, it is important to understand how they work, the type of therapy different systems deliver and their suitability to prevent or treat various risk levels.

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