Ousey, Karen and Parfitt, Grace (2017) Exploring Key Factors Required for Hybrid Systems: Analysis of a Focus Group. Wounds UK, 13 (1). pp. 94-99. ISSN 1746-6814

Background: There is a continued focus in healthcare that NHS Trusts must make cost savings while
ensuring quality and productivity is not adversely affected. It is essential that health care
professionals have access to pressure reduction/redistributing equipment that is evidence based and
can promote skin integrity via adequate reduction of excessive pressures and/or shearing forces.
This paper presents the results of a focus group exploring perceptions of a new hybrid mattress and
its application to clinical practice. Hybrid systems are increasingly being used in clinical practice to
assist in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers (PUs). Innova Care Concepts have
launched a new hybrid system, The Solment Serene.
Methods: A focus group design was used involving 5 Tissue Viability Key Opinion Leaders including
an academic, infection control and tissue viability specialists. All data was recorded and transcribed
verbatim, data generated was analyzed thematically. Confidentiality and anonymity was assured.
Results: Four key themes were identified; (1) patient suitability, (2) Ease of Use and Effectiveness,
(3) the importance of inter-professional working and (4) Loss of Equipment - Promotion of cost
Conclusions: The consensus was that there is a growing place for hybrid systems in preventing and
managing pressure damage effectively. Health and social care should work inter-professionally to
improve patient outcomes. The development of a flowchart based on scientific evidence was
recommended to assist in the decision making of appropriate equipment.

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