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About Pressure Injuires

Helping to Heal and Comfort

New Moon Medical’s original focus was providing the best support redistribution surface to relieve the pain and suffering of pressure injuries (decubitus ulcers or bed sores) and heal these wounds. Our Vice President is a Wound Care Certified RN with over 30 years of nursing experience. We also have other certified clinical support staff who coordinate the placement of appropriate, physician-ordered support surfaces to you or your loved one. Our clinical support team works closely with physicians, wound care clinics, home health and hospice nurses, as well as long-term care case managers.

What is a Pressure Injury?

Pressure injuries are the result of pressure on the skin leading to occlusion of capillary blood flow and skin cell death. Capillary occlusion affects primary areas of the skin that are compressed against the underlying bone when a person sits or lies down. Because of tissue ischemia (tissue death), toxic metabolites accumulate in the in the tissue spaces and cause discomfort and pain in a normal healthy individual. Consequently, the patient shifts position and relieves the pressure and discomfort.

The skin of an immobile or bedridden person is more likely to be affected by pressure. Ischemic cell death produces inflammation that results in blood clotting, platelet aggregation, immune complex formation and accumulation of inflammatory cells. Pressure ulcers are characterized by deep tissue necrosis and a loss of volume disproportionately greater than the overlying skin defect. The term pressure injury is preferred to the older term of decubitus ulcer or bedsores.

What is a Therapeutic Support Surface?

Support surfaces are overlays, air mattresses or complete air fluidized beds designed to redistribute pressure over the body prominences of a person while lying down. Therapy beds provide an ideal healing environment by decreasing the forces that cause skin breakdown: pressure and shear. For insurance billing purposes, there are three categories of support surfaces: Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3.

When you focus on providing support surfaces that provide comfort as well as pressure redistribution, you improve patient outcomes!

Learn More about Support Surfaces

Insurance coverage for support surfaces is complex, but our clinical specialists are here to help. Call us at 888-737-1880 to learn more about the qualification criteria.