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Choosing the right pressure relief cushion

3 CommentsTuesday, 1 May 2012  |  Paul

Key product: Systam Viscoflex Memory Foam Pressure Relief Cushion  

Pressure relief cushions or pressure sore cushions are one of the essential care items to help prevent pressure sores from developing. Using the right type of pressure care cushion combined with specialist care is vital when caring for someone with limited mobility. Pressure relief cushions range in price and the material used making it quite difficult to decide which pressure sore cushion is most suited to the situation. We will look at a selection of the best pressure relief cushions ranging from those for low risk users up to cushions suitable for those at high risk of developing pressure sores.

Pressure cushions are categorised into three risk bands, Low Risk, Medium Risk and High Risk. These three categories show whether a cushion is designed for those at low, medium or high risk of developing pressure sores. One of the most popular pressure relieving materials used in pressure sore cushions is Memory Foam. The Systam Viscoflex Memory Foam Pressure Relief Cushion is made from viscoelastic memory foam which facilitates blood circulation and spreads the user’s weight reducing the risk of pressure sores developing. The Systam Viscoflex Memory Foam Pressure Relief Cushion is a high risk pressure sore cushion and can be used in situations where a pressure sore is present or if there is a high risk of a pressure sore developing.

The Harley Luxury V Memory Foam Pressure Relief Cushion has a three layer combination of viscoelastic memory foam and high density polyurethane foam. The memory foam contours to the users body shape and will help reduce the risk of pressure ulcers developing. The Harley Luxury V Memory Foam Pressure Sore Cushion takes heat and weight away from the user, providing stability and shock absorbtion. The Harley Designed Memory Foam Ring Cushion is a ring shaped cushion designed for people with sensitive areas around their posterior. The ring shaped cut-out relives the sensitive area by transferring the pressure to non-sensitive areas.

Gel is widely regarded as one of the best pressure relieving materials for pressure care cushions. Gel pressure relief cushions are a popular choice for wheelchair users and those who are seated for the majority of time. The Gel Plus Pressure Relief Cushion is an ideal pressure sore cushion for wheelchair users and those seated for long periods. The Gel Pressure Care Cushion is made from a combination of viscoelastic foam and silicon gel providing the user with ultimate comfort. The Caremate Pressure Relief Gel Cushion is constructed from raised cells of gel allowing circulation of air thus providing comfort for the user. The gel in the pressure sore cushion has low heat conductivity reducing the speed at which skin temperature rises. Both the Gel Plus Pressure Relief Cushion and the Caremate Gel Pressure Sore Cushion are suitable for those at high risk of developing pressure sores.

Alternating Air Flow Pressure Cushions are specifically designed for those at high risk of developing pressure sores. Connected to a pump, an alternating cushion has a constant flow of air moving inside the cushion delivering superb levels of pressure relief to the user. The BOS Stratus Alternating Air Pressure Relief Cushion System is designed to provide pressure relief to patients at very high risk of developing pressure sores. The Roho Single Valve High Profile Pressure Relief Cushion is constructed from interconnecting cells that provide adjustable, low deformation, counter pressure environment. This Roho cushion assists in the healing of pressure ulcers and pressure sores around the base of the spine, lower lumbar and around the buttocks. Roho pressure relief cushions are widely used across the NHS due to their excellent pressure relieving qualities.