Parafricta medical products are designed to address the key nursing goal identified by EPUAP (European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel), namely to “protect against the adverse effects of external mechanical forces: pressure, friction and shear on skin”.
Exposure to friction and shear have been shown to be the most important factor from those used in the Braden Scale in explaining of the prevalence of category II ulceration. Lack of mobility is the most important factor in explaining the prevalence of overall less prevalent category III/IV ulceration, but even in this case friction and shear are a strong secondary factor (Lahmann and Kottner 2011). See References Page
Parafricta medical products offer unique protection against friction and shear, and are compatible with, and complementary to, all existing methods of mitigating the other main cause of decubitus ulcers i.e. pressure, which contributes to the progression of skin damage to ulceration by restricting blood supply (e.g. use of pressure reducing mattresses and beds).
A study carried out in a care home setting showed that redness and oedema in heels and sacral areas were greatly reduced over a period of several weeks by the wearing of Parafricta garments. Hampton, S et al 2009.
There is published clinical data from a 650 eligible patient cohort study carried out on in three wards in a UK general hospital which investigated the effects of routine use of Parafricta in the 359 patients at high or very high risk of developing pressure ulcers according to the Waterlow scoring system. The number of patients developing pressure ulcers was reduced by 16% (p=0.029) whilst the number of patients who were admitted with pressure ulcers that then improved increased by 21% (p=0.001) in the cohort treated with Parafricta garments. Smith and Ingram 2010.
Since Parafricta bootees were introduces into routine use at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2012 the incidence of grade 2 heel pressure ulcers has been reduced by 78% (Gleeson, D 2014 Wounds UK poster presentation)