Anti-Shearing Inner Cover Upgrade
Super Shear Anti-Shearing Inner Cover
The Super Sheer Anti-Shearing Inner cover is made from a fine stretch lycra-based material and used to dramatically reduce shearing forces at the patient interface. The inner cover can be purchased as an accessory or pressure care enhancement with any mattress.
- Provides excellent compensation for shear forces at the patient interface encountered by powered bed articulation, repositioning, and transfer.
- Instead of the outer cover shearing against the skin during movement, the outer cover shears against the inner cover
- Excellent bi-directional stretch for uncompromised immersion
- wrinkle free and conforms to varied bed positions
- Maintains microclimatic properties of outer cover
- Promotes inner core breathability
FOAM CORE PROTECTION
- In addition to pressure care benefits, the Anti-Shearing inner cover provides additional protection to the foam core for increased longevity
AVAILABLE WITH ANY FORTÉ MATTRESS AND COVER
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About Super Sheer
Anti-Shearing Inner Cover
SHEER & FRICTION
There are two types of mechanical loads working against the individual on a support surface – upward pressure, and a force parallel to the skin surface. These parallel forces are called sheer and/or friction.
Friction is surface resistance to relative motion, as of a body sliding or rolling, and the rubbing of the surface on one body against that of another. An example related to our clients would be their skin against the sheets on the bed.
To fully understand the impact of a friction force we must understand what the coefficient of friction means. The coefficient of friction is defined as the ratio of the force required to move two sliding surfaces over each other and the force holding them together. The higher the coefficient of friction, the more aggressively the two surfaces will adhere to each other. The lower the coefficient of friction is, the more easily the two surfaces will slide across each other.
For tissue damage to occur, the coefficient must be at a level high enough to create drag that will injure the superficial layers. Decreased levels of friction allow the surfaces to easily slide across each other. Too much friction and there is no movement at all.
Shear is a different subject that incorporates friction and another force, usually gravity or inertia. Shear is often described as an internal opposing motion of tissue and bone created when a patient is sitting up in bed. Gravity affects all tissues or skin layers, pulling them down in a slow, gradual manner. Simultaneously, the skin interacts with the sheets creating friction. As the bone is pulled down by gravity and the skin is in essence ‘pulled up’ by the sheet, the subcutaneous tissue and muscle are caught in between, literally pulled in opposite directions, leading to shear. This pulling creates stress on the soft tissue layers (fat and muscle) and potentially could lead to tearing of the tissue – depending on how high the shearing force becomes. The greatest stress is also now applied to the two tissues that are the least tolerant of ischemia from the concurrent pressure from sitting. Shearing forces are greater over the sacrum, gluteal and ischial areas of the body.
Both friction and shear are affected by moisture. Dry conditions reduce friction.
How the wound or injury developments in these scenarios –
The force from shear or friction will cause the skin and/or deeper tissues to distort and deform, which will result in strain and stress within the tissue. Excessive internal strains and stresses lead to damage to the cell structures such as the cytoskeleton and may hinder transport processes within the tissues such as reducing blood perfusion.
An effective pressure reducing support surface must reduce both shear and friction forces, as well as manage moisture, to reduce the risk of pressure injuries.
The Super Sheer inner cover is a pressure care enhancement that can be added to any mattress to reduce sheer & friction forces.
Super Sheer is a high stretch lycra cover that sits below the outer cover to act as a buffer between the friction or shearing force exerted by movements in the support surface and the individual. As such, instead of the mattress cover (which is usually a polyurethane – a high coefficient of friction) rubbing against the client’s skin when they are changing position in bed, the mattress cover rubs against the inner cover, and the client can slide with minimal frictional or shearing forces. It is important to note that the Super Sheer cover is fully breathable to ensure micro-climate is managed.
Friction and Micro-climate directly impact upon each other. As such, micro-climate is a risk factor that must be managed to prevent sheer and friction, and the support surface is an important tool in managing micro-climate.
Adverse Skin Micro-climate conditions (temperature, humidity and airflow next to the skin surface) can significantly compromise skin integrity and weaken the skin leaving it more vulnerable to its environment. The build-up of moisture and/or heat typically leads to sweating and therefore overhydration of this skin. Overhydration and excessive moisture soften the skin and connective tissue which leads to maceration and the breaking down of the elasticity of the skin. This weakening of the skin greatly increases the susceptibility to damage by environmental factors. In addition to this, sweating and overhydration removes natural oils from the skin, which are needed to lubricate and protect the skin.
The Super Sheer cover has been designed to manage micro-climate as well as reduce friction. This is achieved by the use of a highly breathable material that prevents excessive build-up of heat at the patient interface by allowing heat to disperse throughout the foam core.
MADE IN AUSTRALIA
The Forté production facility in Armidale is specifically dedicated to Medical Mattress’ design, development, and production. This ensures unrivalled expertise and process control for superior quality, value, and performance. Forté utilizes leading global technology and research in the design and development of each medical device. Products manufactured by Forté in Australia are produced in compliance with local regulatory standards and exceed clinical standards recommendations such as European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance – a quality you can trust!
Australian made by Forté Healthcare in Armidale NSW, Forté products are synonymous with quality, performance, longevity, and functionality and is trusted by leading Hospitals and healthcare professionals to deliver clinical results and positive outcomes.
Why is it important to purchase Australian made products?
By purchasing products from Forté you are investing into the future of pressure injury prevention in Australia, creating regional jobs and boosting our economy for the better of everyone. Australian Made for Australian Care.
WHY A SUPER SHEAR INNER COVER?
Every individual has different pressure care needs and requirements. Sometimes a client is at particular risk of shear and/or friction injury and needs extra protection. For example, individuals who aren’t categorised as ‘high risk’ but suffer from a lot of involuntary movement in bed.
The Super Shear cover allows for versatility as it is an upgrade that can be added to any mattress. The Super Shear cover is customisable and available in any size.
Leveraging clinical expertise, with leading raw material technology and in-house manufacturing capabilities Forté Healthcare ensures optimal outcomes for pressure injury prevention, infection control and patient comfort.
Hear what Health Professionals say About Forté Healthcare Mattresses…
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You’re Covered by Forté Healthcare’s ‘Successful Solution Guarantee’
At Forté Healthcare, we are so confident in the care and performance our support surfaces deliver, that we back our products and expertise with our ‘Successful Solution Guarantee’.
Here’s how it works:
Our team of specialists will help you navigate our product range to correctly match our support surfaces with your care environment and patient risk profile. This ensures you achieve the highest levels of patient care and pressure injury prevention.
If, for whatever reason the product we recommend isn’t helping you achieve the outcome you expected, we’ll work with you until it is. And in the unlikely event we still cannot provide the right solution.
We’ll refund you 100% of the charges to date.