The Semi-Fowler Retraction Wedge facilitates the relief of pressure on the heel and sacrum area. Pressure can be transferred to the calve and thigh muscles, which are at a low risk of developing pressure sores.
The retraction wedge provides more stability to the user and reduces ‘forward sliding’. This can occur if the user is in a profiling bed.
Limiting the effects of friction and shear forces are important, as these play a major role in the process of bedsore formation.
It is possible to use the retraction wedge with specialist heel supports, to provide the user with optimal protection.