FAQ - Wound Care

What is DermaTherapy?

DermaTherapy® is a dramatically different and effective alternative to 100% cotton and polyester/cotton-blend bedding. Today's bedding fabrics have been made in much the same way for at least fifty years using cotton and polyester. These cotton-blend fabrics have no special properties or performance, despite the special healthcare needs that each of us have. DermaTherapy dramatically improves on the deficiencies in cotton fabrics to provide a cleaner, drier, and smoother sleep surface – important attributes for skin health and improved sleep. DermaTherapy's patented technology takes advantage of state-of-the-art synthetic fibers and yarns, as well as a durable antimicrobial treatment proven and tested to achieve these new properties.

How does DermaTherapy work?

DermaTherapy better manages the patient micro-climate by addressing friction, sheer and moisture accumulation against the skin.

How does DermaTherapy manage moisture?

The silk-like fabric provides a smooth surface that is free of broken or discontinuous fibers. The smoothness helps minimize the potential for linting, generation of airborne particles and friction between the skin and fabric. The 100% polyester continuous filament yarn fibers have a non-round fiber cross section to create micro-channels to facilitate moisture wicking and rapid drying. This helps to remove heat from the body and reduce perspiration, which effectively controls skin temperature and moisture.

DermaTherapy Bedding

Cotton Bedding

DermaTherapy is extremely
smooth to minimize abrasion
Cotton fibers protrude and
can irritate skin.

How are DermaTherapy items cleaner?

Cotton has an inherent tendency to facilitate the growth of bacteria. DermaTherapy fabrics incorporate a durable antimicrobial agent. Sheets and gowns made of DermaTherapy have been analyzed for bacteria after being laundered and after being used for 20-24 hours. The DermaTherapy products had 90% fewer Colony Forming Units (CFU’s) per square centimeter than conventional cotton/poly items. This reduction in microbes translates to decreased odor.

What is the benefit of DermaTherapy being smoother?

eople change positions in hospital beds a lot. It may be because of getting in and out of bed or for comfort.  DermaTherapy fabrics have a lower coefficient of friction than cotton or cotton/poly sheeting. Ease of movement is enhanced while sheer and friction are reduced.  This lessens the likelihood of skin damage associated with conventional high friction surfaces.

What is the impact of avoiding skin damage in hospitals?

Skin damage is harmful to our patients. It requires treatment and lengthens the time a person must stay in the hospital. It is also largely preventable. In fact, health insurance companies and others are no longer paying to treat some conditions acquired in hospitals.

The two sheets are so smooth, I find them sliding off the side of the bed and sometimes onto the floor, making the room look messy and presenting a fall risk. Any ideas?

We understand that finding a piece of linen touching or on the floor is unattractive and presents a fall risk. When you make your rounds please pay greater attention to the condition of the patient’s surroundings, be sure to include adjusting any linen following that assessment of the environment. The weight of the blanket helps keep the sheet in place and tucking the sheets a little farther under the mattress is a proven, tested solution. Remember, the inconvenience is worth the reward in this case; preventing skin damage, treating them in people who may have it, and reducing our patient’s overall length of stay are the real gains in this linen conversion. (Incidentally, the original pilot that was done in a hospital demonstrated an anecdotal finding; a decrease in the number of patient falls during the study period.

I find that patients lose some traction on the sheets. When the head of the bed is elevated, they slide down. How can I make my patients "stick"?

DermaTherapy linens are manufactured to have a smooth, low friction surface and they were intentionally designed to facilitate patients sliding down in the bed to an appropriate degree instead of having them “stick” to the linen and sustain shear injuries. The data that has already been collected prove that the use of this linen dramatically reduces skin damage. When the patient’s head of the bed is elevated 30 degrees, you may wish to use the knee-gatch feature of the bed. Another suggestion is to plan for regular repositioning assistance (standing someone up and moving them closer to the head of the bed or, if they are bedbound, using safe patient handling to move them up in bed) with your rounds.

I am having difficulty keeping the pillows that I use for patient positioning in place -- They slip out! Do you have a tip to share that will make this easier?

Yes. The “cuff’ found on the pillowcase is for much more than just keeping the pillow inside the case. With a pillowcase on the pillow, fold the pillow in half (the short way) and use the cuff to slip over the end of the pillow. The cuff will now hold the pillow in place (and your pillow will not slip out of place when being used for repositioning). Note: Some patients like this “folded pillow” for reading in bed or when they are used to a thicker pillow and do not wish to use two.

Is DermaTherapy environmentally friendly?

DermaTherapy products are environmentally friendly. Compared to conventional bed linens, they are 30-40% lighter in weight. They clean easier and are more resistant to stains. They require less energy to launder and their service life is significantly longer, without losing their properties and with little to no shedding of fibers. DermaTherapy products have the potential to reduce the amount of linens going into the medical waste system by more than 65%.

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