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Firm's seats could save NHS £300m, says study

By Donna Deeney

Published 12/02/2016

Specialist medical seats made by a Limavady company reduce pressure ulcers by nearly 90% and could save the NHS over £300m a year, new research suggests.

The study by Ulster University and Seating Matters showed an 88.3% reduction in pressure ulcers in patients tested with the equipment.

They explored the connection between a patients' health, the incidence of pressure ulcers and the chair the person used.

A study revealed that introducing the chairs into hospitals could save a staggering £319m if the study results were replicated.

Martina Tierney, Clinical Director of Seating Matters, who has worked as an occupational therapist for over 30 years, designed and created a range of award-winning chairs to meet the needs of her patients.

The results revealed a staggering 88.3% reduction in pressure ulcers and other significant health benefits were notable.

She said: "I'm delighted with the results and they surpassed my expectations tenfold. My team and I now carry out regular training to present our latest research worldwide, aiming to replicate the findings.

"The findings of the research are currently used across the world to educate clinicians, improving the knowledge available to the healthcare community.

"This research, being launched in Belfast, will provide an opportunity for invited delegates discovering how the outcomes can translate into significant improvements in patient care."

The event will be held on February 17.

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