In an article published in October 2018 (Reichmann, Feuchtinger; “Sanfte Druckentlastung”; Die Schwester Der Pfleger 10/18 S. 86, 87) the results of a five week pilot test of the AMS at the University of Freiburg, Germany, were reported.
The University of Freiburg is one of the few Nursing Competence Centers in Germany appointed by the Federal ministry for education and research to evaluate new developments in nursing practice and technologies. In this context, the AMS was tested on both a Neuro and a Neurosurgical ward. Only patients that could be interviewed were included in the trial and they lay on average six days on the AMS.
Apart from their mobility restrictions 12 out of the 16 included patients suffered from pain, impacting their repositioning. The pilot test showed that particularly these patients experienced the gentle rolling motion of the AMS as very pleasant. Although 14 out of the 16 patients were clinically assessed to be at risk for pressure ulcers none of the patients developed a pressure ulcer. The results also indicated that none of the patients experienced a loss in body sensation.
Based on this successful pilot test with neurological and neurosurgical patients, the authors were of the opinion that the AMS was a suitable supportive device for pressure ulcer prevention. They highlighted particularly the promising results showing an improvement in the care of patients with pain.