Keeping up to date on the latest product offerings to target the wide gamut of client needs is challenge.
As Mike Babinec, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP, Invacare Corp., Elyria, Ohio, said in a recent interview, “There’s new product coming out on the market all the time. And, in many cases, product that was out five years ago is no longer available.”
Home Health Products is here to help! Check out the following hot products to keep your clients sitting pretty:
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TREND: Air Cells
Interconnected air cells, like the ones on Star Cushions’ Starlock, enable aggressive positioning and transfer stability.
Some of the newest cushions boast a light weight for moderate pressure relief that’s easy to take on the go. Active, self-propelling clients, appreciate Action Products’ low-profile polymer/foam Xact® Lite, which simplifies handling and transfers without impeding wheelchair functionality. Ride Designs also produces a lightweight adjustable cushion — the Ride Custom Cushion line — that stabilizes and controls posture while eliminating pressure at bony prominences.
As with many areas of HME, new cushions are targeting the bariatric population. Built tough, these cushions must support weight while distributing pressure. The Tri-Foam Wheelchair Cushion, from AliMed, does just that — alleviates pressure for bariatric users without bottoming out, thanks to three layers of foam.
Liquid filled cushions help to redistribute pressure while reducing shear and friction. The GSS Deluxe Cushion from Posey achieves this with strategically placed LiquiCell®.
TREND: Combination Materials
What could be better than foam, air or gel? How about a combination of all three? Several manufacturers are introducing cushions that combine all of the latest technologies for the ultimate in pressure relief. Drive Medical recently introduced the Skin Prevention Gel E 3″ Seat Cushion that is built with a viscous gel, foam shell and waterproof cover with a non-slip vinyl bottom. Invacare also has a combination cushion, the InTouch™ Flovair™. The Flovair combines a foam base, air for pressure relief and fluid for shear reduction.