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Health innovation can win royal award

Published: 12 December 2018

An idea of a motion detection mattress that can help prevent pressure ulcers has taken Kristina Ulander, last year student of the Programme in Nursing at Luleå University of Technology, to the final in the Queen Silvia Nursing Award.

– Of 150 applicants, I am one of the six finalists. It is a great honor. In addition, it is really fun to represent Luleå University of Technology because I am very pleased with my education. No matter who wins, I'm very grateful and happy to be part of this, says Kristina Ulander.

A great interest in how the human body works and a willingness to help other people led Kristina Ulander to the Programme in Nursing. The family in Jokkmokk, and a wish to stay in Norrbotten, made her choose Luleå University of Technology.

An idea with many wins

Kristina Ulanders's innovation is based on experience from her work as an obstetrician in elderly care, and the idea has grown during the education.

– My idea is a motion-sensing mattress that can help prevent pressure ulcers. Through sensors that can record the patient's pressure and movements, healthcare professionals can be able to read data to see if there is a risk of pressure ulcers. It may be that the patient has been still for more than three hours or if the legs and body parts have been exposed to high pressure for a long time.

– My idea can help reduce the physical and mental suffering that the patient experiences during a pressure ulcer and promote the quality of life in the elderly. I also believe that it can help to shorten care times related to pressure ulcers, thus reducing healthcare costs. The mattress can be a complement in preventive work against pressure ulcers, and help to identify patients at risk of developing a pressure ulcer in an early stage, concludes Kristina Ulander.