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Silk-like Linens Recommended by NPIAP to Prevent Pressure Injuries

 “Consider using silk-like fabrics rather than cotton or cotton-blend fabrics to reduce shear and friction.”
– National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP)

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) and partner organizations conducted a comprehensive literature review on pressure injury prevention and treatment studies and used a rigorous methodology to appraise the research and make evidence-based recommendations.

Released in November 2019, the Guideline is a collaborative effort from NPIAP, the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA), and 14 additional wound organizations around the world. The resource serves to provide an indication of the confidence one can have that the recommended practices will improve outcomes for patients.

The 2019 Bed Linen Guideline for prevention and treatment of pressure injuries recommends: “Consider using textiles with low-friction coefficients for individuals with or at risk of pressure injuries.”

The evidence for the recommendation to consider using a low-friction coefficient textile is primarily based on the results of a wide variety of studies exploring the effectiveness of silk-like fabrics that reduce shear stress, minimize skin irritation, and dries quickly when compared to cotton or cotton-blend fabric.

While NPIAP/EPUAP/PPPIA do not endorse any specific products, DermaTherapy® by Standard Textile is the only FDA-approved silk-like linen available to prevent and treat pressure injuries.

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