The Static Air HZ non-powered hybrid mattress, designed in collaboration with The Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, has won the New Product Award at the second annual Insider Media Business and Education Partnership Awards. The awards, which were held at Cardiff’s Marriott Hotel on 4 November, recognise the collaboration between companies, universities and colleges.
Approximately 20 per cent of hospital patients develop pressure wounds, and at an annual cost of £2 billion to the NHS, they are regarded as the most expensive chronic wound in the healthcare system.
Most current high-specification foam mattresses do not have a specific area to protect heels, and expensive add-on equipment and significant nursing time is needed to prevent heel wounds in vulnerable patients. Launched in November 2014, the Dyna-Form® Static Air HZ is designed to combat heel wounds with a built-in ‘air only’ heel zone, which offloads pressure from the heels and eases patient comfort.
Stuart McAllister, European Sales Director, said the company was “delighted and proud” to have won the award. “As well as having a positive economic impact on the growth of the company, helping us to employ more people, the new mattress is already making a positive difference to the care delivered by healthcare professionals to patients. It is also rewarding to know that vital NHS resources and nursing time have been released back into front line patient care as a result of its introduction.”