When the head of the bed is raised, gravity and patient movement force the patient down in bed. As the patient migrates down, interface pressures rise, increasing the potential for skin breakdown. If the patient is unable to reposition himself or herself, these interface pressures can result in nosocomial ulcer formation.
When this at-risk patient is identified, time is of the essence. Manual repositioning methods, including locating additional staff, securing and using patient lifts or sliding sheets, can take up to 20 minutes. Hercules will provide this essential pressure relief in 10 seconds. Click here to watch the relief.