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Micro-stimulation with flexible glass-fibre profiles

News International-French

6 Jun 2011

A research team comprising scientists, sleep researchers, engineers and nurses recently examined the requirement for an improved bedding system to support preventive treatment and therapy for bedsores. They also developed a new form of therapy called micro-stimulation.

(Published on June-July 2005 – JEC Magazine #18)


This newly developed form of bedsore therapy to reduce pressure and pain enhances the patient’s mobility through a gentle, stimulating micro-movement. In accordance with the recommended approach, the bedding must also be “kind” to tissue; in this case, it uses newly developed micro-stimulation systems with many advantages over conventional systems. The systems are based on flexible, glass-fibre profiles that are fabricated using pultrusion, an automated process for manufacturing composite materials into continuous, constant cross-section profiles.


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  • Optimises nursing processes due to the reasonable deployment of skilled labour and medical devices
  • Saving of expenses, as excessive care is avoided
  • Quality assurance due to objective risk assessment
  • Transparent nursing course due to detailed documentation


The Thevo range of products is available from German manufacturer Thomashilfen, a specialist provider in the field of bedsore treatment.


Decubitus ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores, are a well-known phenomenon for the relatives of those who need care. Bedsores are caused by permanent pressure on the skin when a person is immobile.



Open wounds or chafed skin can be a real problem for those who are bedridden. First of all, patches of skin become irritated and, with further pressure from sitting or lying for long periods, the sores can develop.