2024 Mar 01

National Nutrition Month -March

Nutrition and Support Surfaces: A Comprehensive Approach to Pressure Injury Prevention


In the healthcare industry, pressure injuries pose a significant challenge, leading to patient discomfort, prolonged hospital stays, and increased healthcare costs. At Wellell (formerly Apex Medical), we understand the importance of a holistic approach to pressure injury prevention. In this article, we delve into the intricate relationship between nutrition and support surfaces, particularly low air loss mattresses, in mitigating the risk of pressure injuries among patients.

The Importance of Nutrition in Pressure Injury Prevention

Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining skin integrity and supporting the body's natural healing processes. Malnutrition or poor nutritional status can weaken the skin and underlying tissues, making individuals more susceptible to pressure injuries. Essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins, and minerals are vital for tissue repair and immune function, highlighting the critical link between nutrition and pressure injury prevention.

The Role of Support Surfaces in Pressure Injury Prevention

Support surfaces, including low air loss mattresses, are designed to minimize pressure on vulnerable areas of the body, thereby reducing the risk of pressure injuries. Our advanced low air loss mattresses utilize sophisticated technology to provide optimal pressure redistribution and comfort for patients. By alternating air pressure and dynamically adjusting support, these mattresses promote blood circulation and tissue oxygenation, essential for preventing pressure injuries.

The Factors Associated with Pressure Injuries

Several factors contribute to the development of pressure injuries, making them challenging to manage. Malnutrition, impaired perfusion, activity and mobility limitations, friction, shear, moisture, sensory perception deficits, age-related changes, and prolonged hospital stays are all associated with an increased risk of pressure injuries. Addressing these factors requires a multifaceted approach, integrating nutritional support with advanced support surfaces.

Enhancing Synergy Between Nutrition and Support Surfaces

At Wellell, we recognize the critical synergy between nutrition and support surfaces in pressure injury prevention and overall patient well-being. Our commitment goes beyond providing pressure relief – we aim to enhance patient comfort and improve their quality of life. Our low air loss mattresses are meticulously designed with patient comfort and skin integrity in mind.

The vapor-permeable, low-friction cover of our mattresses is specifically chosen to minimize shear forces, reducing the risk of pressure injuries. Additionally, our mattresses incorporate an alternating pressure system that promotes circulation, creating an optimal environment for wound healing. By prioritizing patient comfort and safety, we ensure that our mattresses not only prevent pressure injuries but also enhance the overall patient experience.

It's important to recognize that our innovative support surfaces, combined with good nutrition, serve as a powerful tool in improving patient outcomes. By providing superior pressure relief and incorporating features that mitigate the risk of pressure injuries, we empower healthcare professionals to deliver comprehensive care that addresses both physical and nutritional needs, ultimately leading to better patient outcomes and enhanced quality of life.


As we navigate the complexities of pressure injury prevention, let us not underestimate the profound impact of nutrition and support surfaces. By addressing nutritional needs and leveraging advanced technologies, such as low air loss mattresses, we can significantly reduce the incidence of pressure injuries and enhance patient outcomes. Join us at Wellell in our mission to promote health, wellness, and excellence in pressure injury prevention.

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Our Commitment to Excellence

As a leading provider of healthcare solutions, Wellell is committed to excellence in pressure injury prevention and management. Our comprehensive approach integrates advanced support surfaces, evidence-based practices, and ongoing education to deliver superior outcomes for patients and healthcare providers alike. By prioritizing both nutrition and innovative support surfaces, we strive to improve patient well-being and quality of care.

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