Charlotte, North Carolina -- Edison Nation, an idea incubator, an unnamed memory foam company and the Carolinas Healthcare System are looking for solutions to pressure ulcers caused by therapeutic support surfaces.
Edison Nation operates a community of people and institutions with ideas which it evaluates and helps to production, the company said. It shares royalties with the inventors.
Edison Nation's website says it has partnered with "a leader in the use of advanced memory foam technology. The company’s products use a combination of gel beads to provide right temperature control, support and cushioning; open-cell technology to allow for increased airflow, balanced comfort and pain management caused by prolonged stiffness; and patented elastic cell structure technology, which provides resilient, buoyant support without the use of natural latex, which can often cause allergic reactions."
Edison Nation said: "Pressure ulcers account for an estimated $1 billion of expenditures and add 2.2 million additional Medicare hospital days to the U.S. health care system each year. Pressure ulcers are a significant co-morbid condition that can even result in death, despite advances in medicine and nursing care.
In a statement, the company said it is partnering with the Carolinas Healthcare System to help overcome traditional barriers to market in medical devices.
Interested parties have until 18 March t0 submit ideas that could reduce pressure ulcers through new types of therapeutic support surfaces.