The 4NoPressure project proposes the development of a new type of smart clothing for bedridden patients or patients with severe motor disability in hospital and home settings to 1) reduce the occurrence of PUs through prevention and therapeutic action, 2) prevent the occurrence of infections resulting from PUs, 3) monitor the clinical condition of patients at high risk of developing PUs in hospital settings, and 4) improve the quality of life of patients with PUs. The proposed solution presents a new concept of structural and design systems for greater ergonomic comfort, considering the patients’ reduced mobility, type of movement, and clinical care delivery. New materials and architectures will be explored at the interface fibrous system level to provide greater pressure relief and thermophysiological control of the skin microclimate. New materials will be explored to control infection and generate long-lasting antimicrobial protection. The research on this technology and the fibrous system will aim at the release of emollient substances that hydrate patients’ skin. For monitoring patients’ clinical conditions, the project aims to research an integrated solution and clothing with sensors that monitor and detect critical areas of PU development.
The Project brings together experts with combined skills and knowledge in a consortium composed of the leading textile company IMPETUS, the University of Minho (UMinho), the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), and the Nursing School of Coimbra (ESEnfC).