Leg ulcer packages assist with chronic wound management


Dedicated Leg Ulcer Packages from Plinth 2000 help with chronic wounds

Venous leg ulcers are among the most-common chronic wound types, costing the NHS an estimated £1billion pounds a year.

Leg ulcers affect around one in 500 people in the UK, although they become much more common with age, rising to one in 50 people over the age of 80.

As the population ages, the incidence of leg ulcers is expected to rise, although effective care delivered by specialised nurses, with specific training in the application of compression bandages and elevation of the limb, can improve healing rates and reduce recurrence. Thus, the availability of dedicated Leg Ulcer Packages from Plinth 2000 will help to address this need.

Offered with either a 320kg capacity bariatric chair or standard model with a 250kg safe working load, the Plinth 2000 Leg Ulcer Package comprises a motorised, fully-adjustable treatment chair, an ergonomically-designed nurse’s chair, and a stainless steel, variable-height trolley.

In line with the British manufacturer’s move into trolleys, chairs and tables developed to assist specific treatment types, the Leg Ulcer Package was designed in partnership with the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and its leg ulcer and back care teams.

Both leg ulcer treatment chairs feature motorised Trendelenburg tilt, backrest and divided footrest operation for maximum patient comfort and enable optimum staff access for cleaning, dressing and even the application of the latest ‘spray-on skin’. The divided leg facility allows either limb to be suitably elevated, for reducing pressure in the veins, and positions the leg precisely for dressing and compressive bandaging.

Designed for handling heavier patients, the bariatric treatment chair has a safe working load of 320kg, with uprated motors, frame and bearings, and a wider 78cm seat than standard. Motorised tilt, back and leg rest adjustment are controlled via a 3-function foot switch, including battery back-up in the event of a power failure. There is also a convenient hand switch for elevating each leg rest. Hardwearing, antimicrobial, flame-retardant vinyl upholstery, comfort foam, breathing hole and padded arm rests complete a purposeful design.

The standard treatment chair offers the same operational parameters and smooth motorised action as the bariatric model, but with a regular 250kg safe working load and 63cm width. On both chairs, there is an unrivalled lifetime frame warranty and no-quibble five-year parts guarantee, with the option of extending this coverage to10 years.

The wheeled dressing trolley, designed for use with both treatment chairs, is made from medical-grade stainless steel with a push handle and removable tray. It is height adjustable between 53cm and 82cm, to allow leg ulcers to be bathed and dressed at a convenient height and ease the stress on nurses’ knees and backs.

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The clinician’s chair has an ‘active seating’ backrest that follows back movement and constantly maintains an ideal seating posture. The padded foam seat reduces pressure on the thighs, the height is easily adjustable by a control lever and the five-point chrome base provides excellent stability and manoeuvrability.