Ultrasorbs Dry Pads
The Ultrasorbs Drypad is an ultra-soft, non-woven, multi-layer breathable and disposable sheet designed for effective moisture management.
The drypads contain a super-absorbent polymer, which locks away wetness and odour, leaving the sheet dry to the touch and comfortable against the patient’s skin. Ultrasorbs also help prevent moisture-related pressure ulcer development and moisture-associated skin damage (MASD) by absorbing any bodily fluids such as blood, wound exudates or incontinence. They can be used with a variety of mattresses and bed configurations to provide waterproof protection. In addition to use in long-term care departments, Ultrasorbs are a practical solution for maternity wards as well.
Patients feel dry and more comfortable, and caregivers benefit from fewer linen changes and the prevention of fluid overview.
Benefits of Ultrasorbs
Patient and resident benefits of Ultrasorbs and Extrasorbs
- Super absorbent core that draws in moisture and locks it away from skin
- Feels dry to the touch within minutes
- Maintains core integrity, reducing friction and shear
- Ultra-soft, non-woven top sheet for greater patient comfort
- Air-permeable back sheet for exceptional skin dryness with zero strikethrough
Caregiver benefits of Ultrasorbs and Extrasorbs
- Micropore film that protects against leakage for fewer linen changes without double padding
- Exclusive fold-over edges that help prevent fluid overflow
- Compatible with low-air-loss mattresses
- Extra-strong option available for repositioning of individuals weighing up to 170 kg for Ultrasorbs and up to 158 kg for Extrasorbs
Ultrasorbs Case Study
What is moisture-associated skin damage?
Moisture-associated skin damage (MASD) describes the spectrum of damage that occurs because of prolonged exposure of perspiration, urine, faeces or wound exudate to a patient’s skin. When the skin is exposed to excess amounts of moisture, it can soften, swell and become wrinkled. Some individuals, the elderly in particular, have a reduced ability to rid themselves of excess heat, resulting in additional skin warming. These changes to the microclimate of the skin in conjunction with excess moisture can result in skin maceration.
A study conducted in the United Kingdom and Germany showed that Medline’s Ultrasorbs AP Drypad was an effective solution for managing moisture. In this study, five individuals ranging in age from 55 to 94 were given an Ultrasorbs AP Drypad.
Prior to the introduction of Medline drypads, the facilities in Germany and the UK were using absorbent hospital gauze, towels and incontinence pads to manage excess moisture, albeit unsuccessfully, leading to multiple bed linen changes, additional laundering costs and patient discomfort.
In all cases, the patients commented on the drypad’s soft feeling on the skin, while the clinicians reported a decrease in skin maceration and an improvement in the overall condition of the skin.
The study found that in all five cases, the Ultrasorbs AP Drypad effectively managed moisture better than previously used products. Apart from increased patient comfort and clinical benefits, the Ultrasorbs AP Drypad contributed to a significant reduction in bed linen changes. This is one of the most innovative products on the market, and it is a cost-effective way to successfully manage moisture and prevent MASD.