Pressures sores – also known as bed sores or pressure ulcers – are damage to the skin, generally caused by a combination of consistent pressure and friction.
It can affect anyone but you’re at an increased risk of getting them if you spend long periods in bed or in a wheelchair or are older and have fragile skin.
If this sounds familiar, then avoiding pressure sores is likely high on your list of priorities.
Left untreated a pressure sore can go from a mild irritation to a serious medical concern, one that could take a long time to heal.
Aside from moving and changing position as much as you can to help relieve pressure, you may want to consider investing in a pressure sore prevention and treatment option like the Parafricta range.
Parafricta has been quietly revolutionising the care and treatment of pressure sores and wound management since 2004. They have invented a unique low friction fabric that reduces friction on the skin and so helps to avoid pressure sores forming in the first place.
Parafricta bootees and undergarments were reviewed by NICE (the government agency that monitors the cost effectiveness of all drugs and treatment in the NHS) in 2014. Following several practical trials and tests, NICE now encourages the use of Parafricta products for both the prevention and treatment of pressure sores.
Parafricta's range includes bootees, undergarments, and bedding, and comes in a variety of sizes and styles.
Parafricta products are clinically proven to protect skin against the shear and friction that can cause or worsen pressure sores. When their bootees were trialled at St Helen’s and Knowsley Hospital the results were so good that they considered it unethical not to continue using them!
One of the key things that sets Parafricta apart from the rest is their unique, low friction fabric that feels very comfortable against the skin. This fabric isn’t coated, which means you can put all the Parafricta products in the washing machine so you can use them again and again. The secret lies in the special weave.
Where many conventional pressure sore treatment and prevention options can feel undignified and stop you from moving around as much as you’d like, the Parafricta range allows you to have a full range of motion as the garments are lightweight and flexible.
The Parafricta range includes:
Available two versions: slip on and Velcro, these bootees both have a non-slip sole and are lightweight, breathable, and flexible so your movement isn’t restricted.
Parafricta undergarments come in two styles: boxer shorts and briefs. The briefs also come with a Velcro option to make it even easier to put them on. All the undergarments are compatible with incontinen-ce pads too.
You can get pillowcases and fitted or flat sheets, which are available in a variety of sizes so you can be sure to find the right size for your bed. They don’t look any different to normal bedding so no one would be able to tell the difference