Glossary


Acute sector

The secondary healthcare sector in which short term treatment is provided for a patient that has suffered a severe injury, an episode of illness, an urgent medical condition or during recovery from surgery.

Bariatrics

The study and treatment of obesity.

Bariatric Cushion

A cushion designed to give high risk pressure relieving care to bariatric patients who suffer from pressure sores and general discomfort.

Community sector

A voluntary healthcare sector that is run by not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations.

Dynamic mattresses

2 or 3 cell cycle component mattresses with circulating air and electrical pump. As Karomed manufacture the full range, they can be made to bespoke sizes for all bed frames.

Equipment auditing

To evaluate and/or improve the safety and efficiency of equipment.

Equipment decontamination

Process of cleansing equipment to remove contaminants such as micro-organisms or hazardous materials, including chemicals, radioactive substances, and infectious diseases.

Microbiology

The biological study of microscopic organisms.

PDA

A hand-held device providing live data for Contracted Customers where KPIs are measured and implemented. This device enables Trusts to access their live data through their dedicated Portal on the Karomed Website.

Pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers are an injury that breaks down the skin and underlying tissue. They are caused when an area of skin is placed under pressure. They are sometimes known as “bedsores” or “pressure sores”.

Private sector

This sector is run by organisations that are not under direct state control.

Profiling beds

A profiling bed can be adjusted in a range of ways, using the latest technology, to allow increased comfort for the patient, as well as easy handling for the care staff.

Static mattresses

Static Air mattress is specifically designed for users considered to be at Very High Risk of pressure ulcer development, combining the benefits of effective air displacement technology with the best of modern foams for excellent pressure reduction. The self-adjusting mattress requires no Electrical/Dynamic pump, thus eliminating any servicing or maintenance needs, compared to mattresses of this level of patient care (high/very high risk).

Supreme Community Profiling bed

A four-section community profiling bariatric bed for use with heavier weight patients, available in two weight options.

Supreme Safe Sides

These additions to the Supreme beds prevent patients from falling.

Transair Bariatric Mattress Replacement Mattress

A three-cell alternating bariatric mattress system, which requires no manual setting to a patient’s weight, with a smooth alternating action which stimulates capillary flow whilst minimising the sense of patient movement. Providing effective pressure redistribution and increased patient comfort.

Transair Combi Mattress

A Karomed mattress replacement system with a combination of alternating cells and high density foam fully enclosed within the air cells which effectively redistributes pressure whilst offering a high level of patient comfort and prevents the patient from ‘bottoming out’ whilst in a seated position.

Transair Cushion

Transair cushions utilize foam air technology that, by reducing movement during air circulation, provides less disturbance and discomfort to the user.

Transair Dynamic Seat Cushion

This cushion can be used to reduce pressure for high to very high risk patients who are seated out of bed for long periods of time and is suitable for patients up to 60 Stone up to Category 4 pressure ulcers.

Transair Lite Mattress

A two-cell alternating mattress system manufactured from Karomed using small cell technology providing continual patient support at all times, whether the patient is in a sitting or lying position. Suitable for frail or paediatric patients.

Transair Mattress Replacement Mattress

A Karomed mattress replacement system with a combination of alternating cells and high density foam fully enclosed within the air cells which effectively redistributes pressure whilst offering a high level of patient comfort and prevents the patient from ‘bottoming out’ whilst in a seated position.

Transair Overlay Mattress

For use on top of a static mattress, providing low interface pressures and enhanced patient comfort, with no requirement to set to a patient’s weight.

Transair Overlay system

A Karomed alternating overlay mattress system for use on top of a static mattress, providing low interface pressures and enhanced patient comfort, with no requirement to set to a patient’s weight.

Trolley toppers

A static overlay mattress manufactured from either high-density foam or high grade visco elastic memory foam which moulds to the patient’s shape.