Alvo is launching new integrated pressure monitoring interface for operating tables. The technology ForeSite OR by Canadian partner XSENSOR had already proven its clinical value in ICU patients. Pressure ulcers are a leading cause of morbidity for in-ward patients and lead to substantial discomfort, prolonged hospitalizations, additional costs, and in some cases death. A pressure ulcer is defined as “a localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear”.

As pressure applied over a prolonged period is a key risk factor in the development of pressure ulcers,  frequent and regular repositioning of the patient is a common practice that has been recognized for decades as an integral component of prevention and treatment protocols. To date, the published literature has established neither repositioning nor the frequency of repositioning to be effective at preventing and managing pressure ulceration. Especially during an ongoing surgery. Visual feedback available on a screen in the operating room (ALVO Integra) of continuous interface pressure between the body and support surface will inform clinicians on repositioning strategies and might play a key role in an overall strategy for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.

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