Development of a novel bedding material to prevent pressure ulcers
Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership
Wellman International is Europe’s largest producer of high-quality polyester staple fibres made primarily from post-consumer recycled material for various end-uses.
Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are common devastating wounds that extend from deep in the bone and muscle layers through to the skin and commonly occur in older people with limited mobility. They are highly painful, prone to inflection, and in some cases, pressure ulcer complications can result in death. Pressure ulcers are often a trigger for admission into hospital or long stay facilities.
RCSI’s School of Nursing & Midwifery has performed significant research into wound care prevention and treatment in the clinical environment and contributed to a significant number of Cochrane Systematic reviews. This knowledge helped inform the development of a novel material the company believed could be used in the manufacture of pressure ulcer preventing mattresses.
“The Innovation team at RCSI have really facilitated this collaboration. From the very initial meetings focused on identifying project scope and appropriate funding mechanisms all the way through to ensuring efficient conclusion of the collaborative research agreement and valuable advice at monthly project steering group meetings, their support has been outstanding.”
DONAL BREEN, CEO, Wellman International