The ROHO Group
Lateral Positioning Cushion
This cushion corrects sitting posture to control lateral leaning. The elevated design provides the positioning support that wheelchair users require to reduce ishial pressure. The three-layer design includes a top layer of temperature-sensitive foam; a center core of high-density foam that adds comfort and prevents bottoming-out; and a firm foundation that eliminates sling-seat hammocking. The cushion is covered in double-stretch fabric to reduce skin shear. A safety strap prevents the cushion from slipping.(800) 851-3449
Star Cushion Products Inc.
Lockable air cells
The Starlock cushion features soft, supple, interconnected air cells that can be individually locked, offering an alternative to hemispheric and quadrant locking. The cushion eliminates positioning challenges and eases transfers. Because the transfer board rests on the locked cells, the elevation height of the transfer is a much better transition.(888)-277-7827
Adjuster with Vicair Technology
Five, fully adjustable compartments provide a custom fit with maintenance-free air cells. Adjustments may be made to accommodate severe left or right asymmetries. A compartment allows for deep immersion and keeps users from sliding forward. All sizes come standard with incontinence-proof lining. The Stretch-Air fabric is designed for air circulation and heat reduction. The two-ply, breathable laminate combines a high-stretch Lycra top layer, a layer of reticulating foam and a waterproof, breathable vapor barrier.
Blue Chip Medical Products Inc.
Product Premier: Blue Chip Power-Pro VW Elite
To address the needs of providers serving bariatric patients, Blue Chip Medical Products has unveiled its Power-Pro VW Elite, a variable width, low air loss/alternating pressure mattress system. The Power-Pro VW Elite combines the convenience of being able to scale to fit to 37-, 42-, 48- and 54-inch bed frames with durability and a variety of pressure ulcer prevention features. Read More
Blue Chip Medical Products Inc.
Blue Chip Power-Pro VW Elite
As the population of bariatric patients increases, HME providers must offer solutions that deliver on many promises. Mattresses are a perfect case in point:
• They must come in multiple widths to fit the various sizes of bariatric bed frames.
• They must be durable enough to support and cushion overweight patients.
• They must provide specialized support surfaces to reduce the occurrence of pressure wounds.
To address all those needs, Blue Chip Medical Products has unveiled its Power-Pro VW Elite, a variable width, bariatric, low air loss/alternating pressure mattress system.
First starters, in order to conform to the various widths used in bariatric beds, the Power-Pro VW Elite can scale in width to fit 37-, 42-, 48- and 54-inch bed frames. This makes it useful for both usage in facilities, as well as homecare environments, says Jim Acker, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Chip. Better yet, it also means that providers don’t have to stock multiple mattresses, which consume storage space and overhead budget.
The mattress is comprised of 18 air cells divided into three sections that let the mattress scale to the different bed frame sizes. The scalable design still allows for the correct redistribution of air pressure and airflow.
In terms of durability the mattress supports up to 1,000 pounds and is constructed of thermal polyurethane (TPU), including its air cells. It also features a two-stage blower pump. The result is a mattress that won’t bottom out when bariatric patients sit up, and a blower that won’t burn out.
The Power-Pro VW Elite’s support surface also focuses on treatment of prevention of stage I through stage IV pressure ulcers, a key concern for bariatric patients, Acker says. To combat those sores, the mattress must include multiple features. “We don’t want to make just a support surface, we want to offer the whole gamut,” he says.
For starters, The Power-Pro VW elite incorporates moisture control, which Acker says is an important feature when it comes to the prevention of pressure ulcers, especially with bariatric patients. Those patients have a lot of adipose tissue, and that means more sweat and moisture, which can foster the development of sores. It also offers low-shear surface, as well as immersion and pressure control.
While wound care and prevention is important in the HME sector, it has become a particularly important consideration for some of Blue Chip’s institutional customers, such as hospitals. Besides the fact that no one wants to see bariatric patients suffer, Medicare coverage for wound care has become more stringent.
CMS will no longer be reimbursing for the treatment of wounds acquired in a care facility, since the care facility should prevent the wound in the first place. Acker says there is a good chance that CMS’s stance on in-house acquired wounds could roll over into nursing homes and other long-term care settings for bariatric patients.
For providers that offer bariatric products to not only home patients, but also those sorts of facilities, providing a mattress that goes to great lengths to prevent these wounds to long-term care facilities could be an excellent opportunity.
NexStep Mobility LLC.
UltraSoft cushions gently conform to the underarms and are made to fit all standard crutches. Made from latex-free, closed-cell, polyurethane foam, the cushions are soft, spongy, lightweight, durable and washable. By flexing under weight, the product reduces chaffing and pain.
Not Your Typical Floor Mat
The Comfortex Landing Strip is an ultra-thin bedside floor mat that absorbs and dissipates the impact of a fall. The 1” thick mat contains a unique blend of materials proven to substantially reduce the impact of falls. The firmness helps prevent a bottoming-out against the floor. The heavy-duty vinyl cover is bonded to provide greater impact distribution and the non-slip vinyl base prevents the mat from slipping away from the bedside. The sealed construction wipes clean.(800) 445-4007
The Wenzelite Re/hab Supplies Division of Drive Medical
The Back2Go is a lightweight, padded back support that can be secured to chairs, wheelchairs and strollers. The contoured back promotes improved posture and trunk control. Features include removable lateral supports that are individually height and width adjustable, a zippered vinyl trunk harness, and a two-strap system with buckle closure to secure it to an existing back surface. A height-adjustable headrest also is available.
The StageIV Millennium 3 Plus Low-Air-Loss and Alternating Pressure Mattress Replacement System offers comfort and flexibility for the bariatric client. Features include a 995-lb. weight capacity, an interactive setup screen and low-air loss with Microvent™ technology.
SenTech Medical Systems Inc.
The Egress EZ™ raised edge mattress assists with user egress, ingress, bed mobility and transfer. The mattress incorporates unique features like an imbedded siderail, 3" raised bolsters that define the edge of the bed, and a built-in frame that allows the user to grab onto the mattress without collapsing the sidewall. Includes a pressure-reducing foam mattress.