Responsive Health Management Launches Prelivia Pilot to Address Pressure Ulcers in Long-Term Care Homes

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Pilot is designed to test the effectiveness of Prelivia, a neurostimulation device designed to protect patients against pressure injuries, more common since the start of the pandemic

VANCOUVER, BC, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To help combat the rising incidence of pressure injuries in long-term care homes, Rehabtronics is launching a pilot project with Prelivia, a neurostimulation device designed to protect patients from pressure injuries, also called bedsores and bedsores.

The pilot project was launched by Responsive Health Management in Ontario, Canada, which takes a proactive approach to fighting pressure injuries (PI). An increase in NPs can be attributed to multiple factors, many of which could be a consequence of the pandemic, including nurse burnout and a shortage of qualified medical personnel. It may also be due to an increase in the number of long-term care residents with complex comorbidities who often tend to be bedridden.

“We continue to be concerned about pressure injuries among our resident populations and have seen an increase in incidence over the period of the pandemic,” said Marion Godoy, RNBScN, Senior Nurse Consultant with Responsive Health Management Inc. “Reducing and mitigating the associated risks of infection, pain and, in the most extreme cases, possible death, is our primary concern, so we welcome the opportunity to grasp new treatment modalities to improve the treatment of wounds and pressure ulcers. We hope that Prelivia can help us not only improve the prevention of PIs, but also accelerate healing. Given the human resource crisis in the healthcare, it is more important than ever to manage our nurses’ time.”

It only takes a few minutes a day for a caregiver to apply electrodes to a resident’s skin in the at-risk area and then monitor the resident throughout the shift. Once activated, the muscles are stimulated to contract every ten minutes to maintain healthy blood flow to the site. Studies show that Prelivia increases tissue oxygenation by 28%, which reduces pressure-induced tissue damage by 80%. It is painless and can be used continuously, 24 hours a day.

“It is an honor to work with the innovative and proactive team at Responsive Health Management to prove that Prelivia can help reduce the incidence and suffering caused by pressure ulcers while easing the burden on nursing staff,” said the dr. Rahul Samant, CEO of Rehabtronics, the medical technology company that developed Prelivia. “We are confident that this study will show that our painless, cost-effective device integrates seamlessly into existing patient treatment workflows and is a valuable addition to any pressure injury prevention program.”

Responsive currently uses a three-step system to prevent pressure injuries, which includes cleansers, moisturizers and nourishing skin creams. Currently, proper nutrition, skin care, and turning residents to reduce pressure on at-risk areas are considered the most important pressure injury prevention strategies.

Prelivia is the first innovation in 70 years aimed at protecting patients against pressure injuries affecting millions of people worldwide each year. Prelivia is cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration to promote healthy blood circulation and maintain tissue oxygenation in people who are bedridden or chairside. Health Canada is currently reviewing an application from Rehabtronics.

Responsive is the first long-term care facility in Canada to test Prelivia by adding the device to their standard of care. The study is approved by the independent review committee.

ABOUT THE REACTIVE GROUP

Responsive Group is a recognized leader in the management of senior residences. Their commitment to excellence continues to ensure their role as creators of practical and innovative processes, programs and partnerships. The company is known for its hands-on approach, which has resulted in the development of reliable processes and proven solutions to tough challenges. https://responsivegroup.ca/.

ABOUT REHABTRONIC

Rehabtronics develops medical devices that restore function and improve the lives of people who are paralyzed or immobile. Founded in 2003 as a spin-off from the Neuroscience Institute of University of Alberta, Rehabtronics is dedicated to integrating neuroscience discoveries into clinical practice. Prelivia, the company’s newest product, is designed to relieve pressure injuries, one of the deadliest hospital-acquired injuries. Its rehabilitation devices help people recover movement after injury or disease of the central or peripheral nervous system. www.rehabtronics.com.

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SOURCE Rehabtronics Inc.

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