Trelleborg ESS imageA talk about seating and microclimate, and how assessing an individual’s needs can help develop new fabrics in the future, will be delivered by Seating Matters and Dartex Coatings at the European Seating Symposium (ESS).

Held on 13th June, the ESS is an event aimed at professionals, manufacturers, suppliers and users of seating and assistive technology with a variety of speakers discussing relevant topics.

Held in Dublin, Martina Tierney of Seating Matters and Richard Haxby from Dartex Coatings will speak about “The effectiveness of specialist seating provision for hospital settings” at ESS.

The two companies will present results of a study Seating Matters undertook, with support from Dartex Coatings at an Irish hospital, to determine the differences in humidity patients experienced when the fabric of their cushion changed.

Martina Tierney, Occupational Therapist and Seating Matters Clinical Director, commented: “A key take away from this research is the importance of assessing each person’s unique requirements and tailoring seating solutions to the individual patient.”

Seating Matters create chairs which aim to improve quality of life in healthcare environments such as hospitals and care homes.

Richard Haxby, Technical Director for Dartex Coatings, said: “Microclimate is a really interesting area of study in relation to preventing avoidable pressure ulcers.

“By understanding how microclimate varies with the individual, we can develop the next generation of breathable fabrics for use in medical environments.”

Dartex Coatings provides medical support surfaces for healthcare, such as PU fabrics, with the aim of preventing pressure sores and enhancing infection control.

The ESS runs from 13th-15th June and the microclimate session begins at 5pm on Wednesday.

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