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    alternating pressure cushion

    Hello,

    Does anyone using this type of cushion?

    I'm considering to obtain one.
    I'm C4-5, 1993. bike accident. Whole this time I'm using High profile Roho Quadtro, which last 2-3 years having pressure issues on my butt. So, im thinking to give a try to other "technology".

    Any experiences for alternating cushion?




    #2
    We evaluated the dynamic cushions currently on the market, and found them unsatisfactory, with the possible exception of the Dolphin. If you do a search on this forum, you will find discussions about these powered cushions from other members.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      SCI-Nurse, can you tell us which dynamic cushions you evaluated and what criteria you used to determine they were unsatisfactory?

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        #4
        Question for SCI-Nurse on dynamic cushions evaluated

        SCI nurse (moderator)
        You said in a post a couple days ago that you evaluated the dynamic cushions currently on the market and you found them unsatisfactory. Can you tell us which cushions you looked at and specifically what criteria you used to deem them "unsatisfactory"? This is a reasonable question because this technology seems like it would be effective since it is similar to an alternating mattress. You say the dolphin cushion is the exception. Why? Please provide some specifics to justify your recommendations.
        Thank you

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          #5
          There is poor scientific evidence that alternating pressure, either in a mattress or a w/c cushion does anything to prevent pressure ulcers. I have posted many times about my lack of confidence in alternating pressure (vs. low air loss) for bed mattresses or overlays.

          We evaluated the Aquila and found we could get better pressures on a Ride or other static customized cushion. Dolphin technology is different than this...it is a fluid immersion simulation technology, and adjusts the pressures according to your posture and position on the cushion.

          Moving this thread to the previous one on which you posted.

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            #6
            Thank you for the response. SO there is scientific evidence for the ride and other static cushions and for the dolphin for preventing ulcers? Can you provide links to the evidence?

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              #7
              Originally posted by pearlstreet View Post
              Thank you for the response. SO there is scientific evidence for the ride and other static cushions and for the dolphin for preventing ulcers? Can you provide links to the evidence?
              Sorry, now that I am retired I don't have access to those. Suggest you contact the manufacturers of these products and ask for INDEPENDENT research studies (not just ones done by their R&D dept.).

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                Respectfully, regarding "There is poor scientific evidence that alternating pressure ... a w/c cushion does anything to prevent pressure ulcers." - the USA Air Force study revealed a different conclusion. A tiny portion of the sudy can be seen here. More substantial portions of the same study - numerous USAF measurements - have been referenced in the past in these forums.

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                  #9
                  I agree that requesting and studying the clinical research available from manufacturers is a good suggestion. The good news is that the manufacturers in the field of seating and positioning are starting to support independent research (and yes, us manufacturers do continue to provide in-house clinical and case studies as well but these should be stated as such). Here is a link to the specific clinical research available through Permobil / ROHO: https://permobilus.com/education-evi...ical-research/

                  Tom Borcherding

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                    #10
                    Can you provide the link / reference to where this study is published?

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                      #11
                      I would like to hear someone who own this type of cushion.

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                        #12
                        Looks like the dolphin cushion is no longer on the market. No study, no cushion, just mattresses for the bed. Here is the link if anyone wants to take a look for themselves. http://www.joerns.com/products/

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                          #13
                          Joerns was the distributor of the Dolphin, but the manufacturer is this company. You may want to contact them directly:

                          http://www.biologics900t.com/index.html

                          (KLD)
                          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                            #14
                            Looks like biologics only make a bed, pad or stretcher but no cushion. I tried the e-mail address for information and got a message that their server is not configured.

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