Eden Prairie, Minnesota: The elimination of Never Events and their associated personal and financial costs has become an increasingly important issue for acute care and long-term care facilities. Pressure from the federal government and private insurers continues to build on healthcare professionals and facilities to eliminate those conditions identified as reasonably preventable. Skin breakdown is among the most prevalent, costly and dangerous of these dreaded Never Events.
Recent research has shown that the previously under-appreciated presence of shear and friction are significant risk factors in the development of skin breakdown. Friction of the skin against a surface results in shearing of the soft tissues. This shearing causes the tissues to be stretched or torn thus reducing blood flow to the affected area.
Many products address pressure, but skin friction and the resulting shear forces that cause a reduction in blood flow, soft tissue damage and ultimately skin breakdown are often ignored. The new LiquiCell Shear Reducing Interface, containing proprietary LiquiCell technology, is the revolutionary new shear and friction reducing tool to assist healthcare professionals in their mission to eliminate Never Events.
Michael Arbeiter, founder of LiquiCell, looks forward to this innovative new product filling an unmet need in the marketplace. “We have seen great results in both acute care and long-term care facilities where the combination of a good pressure relieving support surface along with the LiquiCell Shear Reducing Interface has been used. We are excited about the opportunity to expand the distribution of this product and its availability to caregivers everywhere.”
LiquiCell is a medical technology that helps prevent skin tissues from being stretched or torn resulting in optimized blood flow. The ultra-thin cells contain a liquid that is in constant motion allowing the body to glide or float with an object both reducing shear and friction of the skin and improving blood perfusion to the tissues.
The LiquiCell Shear Reducing Interface is designed for key areas of the body most susceptible to skin breakdown due to the presence of a bony prominence along with shear and friction. Superior to other products such as gel and foam at addressing the leading risk factors associated with skin breakdown, the LiquiCell Shear Reducing Interface provides a convenient and easily positioned tool for the reduction of shear and friction on any support surface.