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How do New Medical Products and Innovations Emerge?

September 15, 2014

Estimates indicate 1 to 3 million people in the United States develop pressure sores each year due to being bedridden. According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) prevalence of pressure sores in the United States is widespread, with estimates of 10% to 18% in acute care, 2.3% to 28% in long-term care, and 0% to 29% in home care.
 
To address this issue, Augustana Care and Tamarack Habilitation Technologies have begun a collaboration to improve treatment options for patients using orthotic and prosthetic care technology. The first major initiative between these two Minnesota-based organizations begins this fall with the launch of a two-year pilot study to assess new friction management treatment technologies to mitigate the impact of heel and ankle sores for patients. The study uses friction management technology in the form of a specially designed sock called GlideWear®. Learn More>>