The ability of a support surface to meet users’ needs is multi-factorial. This project will focus on the tissue integrity and safety effects of support surfaces. A recent collection of professionals, researchers and industry representatives identified important characteristics that should be considered when selecting support surfaces (Krouskop & van Rijswijk, Ostomy Wound Management 1995;41(1):34-45). These characteristics—along with others—will be considered by the NPUAP S3I.
- Fail safety
- Flammability of the product
- Infection control
- Life expectancy of the product
- Patient and product friction
- Pressure redistribution
- Skin moisture & temperature control