Hill-Rom Introduces New Wound Therapy Surface With Innovative Safety, Treatment Features

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Hillenbrand Industries's Hill-Rom subsidiary has introduced a revolutionary new hospital bed surface that can enhance care for patients with pressure ulcers. The Hill-Rom E700 Wound Surface (a low air loss therapy surface) also offers new levels of flexibility for use within health care facilities. Unlike traditional mattress replacement systems, this surface easily converts to fit multiple bed frames, including Hill-Rom frames and a variety of other frames.

"We at Hill-Rom are focused on innovation that enhances outcomes for patients and their caregivers," said Peter Soderberg, president and CEO of Hillenbrand Industries and Hill-Rom. "This new therapy surface should enhance patient safety and represents the next generation of technology in wound care surfaces, offering the latest technological advancements in pressure ulcer treatment."

Caregivers are at the frontline in understanding the importance of preventing and treating pressure ulcers. They also understand the need for comfort. "Our goal is to prevent pressure ulcers and to create a safe environment," said Janice Thomas, RN, director of the Wound Care Clinic at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, NC. "However, what's really different is that our patients find it so comfortable and that's important, too. This bed offers pressure reduction and, equally important to us, is comfortable for our patients."

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Melissa Fitzpatrick, RN, MSN, FAAN, vice president and chief clinical officer for Hill-Rom, agrees and adds, "Not only does the new E700 surface provide the therapy pressure that ulcer patients need, it also offers them the comfort they may have been missing in traditional therapy surfaces. And, as we all know, quality rest can promote faster healing."

She continues, "A primary need for caregivers is a wound therapy surface that not only reduces shear, friction and pressure, but also helps keep the patient cool, dry and comfortable. Our new Hill-Rom E700 Wound Surface delivers these features and is a powerful tool for helping nurses provide the best in patient care by offering a new way to help manage pressure, patient microclimate and comfort."

Avoiding pressure ulcers has assumed greater importance for hospitals since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced recently that treatment of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers will not be reimbursed as of October 2008. In addition, The Joint Commission has made pressure ulcer prevention one of its National Patient Safety Goals for 2008. The impact of these issues has been quantified in the 10th Annual International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Survey (IPUPS) released by Hill-Rom last month. This report highlights that nearly half of adult patients in acute care facilities are at high risk for the development of pressure ulcers.

The Hill-Rom E700 Wound Surface offers a new solution and contains numerous unique features to promote patient comfort and healing:

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