Pressure ulcers also referred as pressure sores and bed sores, can be caused due to continuous pressure applied to a specific area of the body. Pressure relief devices are used to reduce pressure on the ulcers.
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Elderly people and obese patients are at high risk of developing bed sores due to their impaired mobility. Additionally, there are several medical conditions including diabetes, cancer, multiple bone fracture, and other serious disorders that can lead to pressure sores due to prolonged hospital stay.
Millions of people in the UK are affected with pressure sores. This factor has increased the demand for pressure sore management equipment. Various types of specialty beds, mattresses, and mattress overlays are extensively used to prevent and get relief from bed sores.
Foam based, air filled, gel filled, and other types of mattresses can be used to reduce development of pressure ulcers. Several benefits such as less technical complexity, better comfort, low cost, and easy availability can propel the demand of these mattresses. Foam based mattress has been witnessing the most impressive demand in recent years. However, gel based mattresses may gain popularity due to their therapeutic benefits in bed sore management.
Detecting Ulcers at Initial Stage
Pressure sores can be treated at an early stage if diagnosed at initial phase. Manufacturers are keen on developing devices that can pacify the process of diagnosis. For instance, Bruin Biometrics (BBI, LLC) has recently launched their SEM Scanner. This wireless handheld scanner is useful in detecting bed sores at initial stage, when they are developing under the skin. This non-invasive handheld scanner can provide objective information beneficial to identify patients that are at the risk and do not have any visual signs of pressure sores. This system can be used to find pressure ulcers in various body parts including tailbone, vertebra, heels, and hips.
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According to a report available on Radiant Insights, Inc.; rapidly growing elderly and obese population, and introduction of technologically advanced devices can propel the United Kingdom pressure relief devices market. Rising awareness campaigns regarding pressure sore management can further drive the market over the forecast period (2017 to 2024).
However, high product cost and prerequisite of skilled operator to manage technologically advanced equipment may restrict the market growth.
Some of the leading companies operating in the market are ArjoHuntleigh AB; Hill-Rom Holdings Inc.; Karomed Limited; and Invacare Corporation.