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About Us

Hip Impact Protection was formed in 2009 to take advantage of newly invented materials technology that promised to revolutionise the ability of wearable garments to absorb heavy imacts. This material was basically a polyurethane foam that included a small amount of dilatant. This resulted in a non-Newtonian compound that was soft, pliable and comfortable to wear, but hardened instantly on impact to absorb the force applied in a fall. It then immediately relaxed to its former state. This made it ideal for the purpose of preventing hip fractures where the device has to be worn 24/364. Patient compliance was always the main problem with hip protectors as they were usually too uncomfortable and/or hot to wear in bed, nighttime being one of the most dangerous times in terms of falls. No longer. Fall-Safe is worn all the time.

But HIP soon recognised that the special pants with side pockets normally supplied with hip protectors were also hindering the take-up of these devices, since around half the people most susceptible to falling and fractures also had incontinence problems so the addition of hip protectors necessitated them wearing two sets of undergarments. Also many people prefer not to wear pants in bed at night and anyway preferred their own choice of pants. Naturally the garments were removed for showering and toileting, with the attendant risks of falls on slippery bathroom floors. So after a 3-year development exercise with the 3M Company, HIP is able to launch Fall-Safe Apply which enables the Fall-Safe hip protectors to be gently stuck to the skin of the hip, eliminating the need for special pants. Fall-Safe Apply is a double-sided, breathable adhesive film that adheres firmly but gently to the skin, using the same silicone adhesive as used in wound dressings.

It lasts for over a week, worn 24/7 and is much more comfortable and unobtrusive than the pants. It is greatly preferred by wearers and is simple and quick to apply or replace.

But the Holy Grail is undoubtedly to prevent falls altogether, and after 4 years working with the pre-eminent company in the field of falls prevention, HIP is now able to announce Fall-Safe Assist, a falls detection and alarm system embedded in the Fall-Safe pads, and linked to the wearer's mobile to call the emergency services, display the wearer's daily activity in steps, and update a database of falls information. This last will enable researchers to identify common factors in the characteristics of falls and thereby suggest measures to reduce their numbers. So, protection and prevention in one device.

 
 

What Our Users Are Saying..

Bernadette Taylor
2016-04-26, 10:45
Dear William,

The hip protectors are great and we like the new material in the underpants.

Thanks again, Bernadette
Geoffrey Hampden-Smith
2016-04-26, 10:39
Dear William. Your package arrived very promptly several days ago. Thank you very much. I am wearing the hip protectors while recuperating from a fall - with the prognosis of a month on crutches. They are very, very comfortable and not noticeable under my track suit. Wearing the pants with the protectors gives me the confidence to do more on crutches and I am hoping that this this will accelerate my re-habilitation.

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