Below you will find a quick glance into how our anti-support surfaces work. Our products relieve pressure points found in traditional hospital/surgical bed surfaces by applying our Fluid Immersion Simulation software algorithms and precisely adjusting the density of the surface to accommodate the unique anatomical features of the patient.
The patient is suspended in a near neutrally buoyant state, minimizing or totally eliminating soft tissue deformation. Traditionally, this could only be accomplished in the center of an air-fluidized bed.
|Patient lays down on our anti-support surface
||The Auto-Vector system automatically calculates the exact settings needed to safely provide relief from the pressure of the patient's body in contact
with the surface
|Vascular Occlusion (measurement of the amount of blood blocked) is minimized as the surface dynamically reacts to patient's movements instantaneously and in real-time
The Dolphin BedTM with Fluid Immersion SimulationTM allows care givers to provide many of the best elements of air-fluidized therapy (three dimensional volumetric engagement, elimination of gradient shear forces, and superior outcomes for flaps, grafts, and pressure ulcers) while
eliminating some of the shortcomings of AFT (insensible water loss which can lead to dehydration of the patient, lack of ability to incline head of bed, and the challenges that present when turning patients).
Unlike hybrid how-air-loss/air-fluidized surfaces, the Dolphin BedTM does not generate gradient tissue distorting sheer pressures at the trunk area when the head of the bed is elevated.
The software-based Dolphin BedTM utilizes the unique Archimedes LinkerTM algorithm, which measures your patient's weight, body contour , and surface area and automatically imprints the data into RAM. The need for time consuming manual input is eliminated. The system then uses the data to examine and respond automatically to any patient movement to provide optimum support. The Dolphin BedTM with FISTM can also be custom fit to and brand or specific model of acute care bed frame including Bariatric width bed frames up to 60" inches in width. The system is able to support up to 900 kilograms (kg) or 1900 pounds (lbs).
While there is not a large body of work at this time evaluating the Emergency Department (ED) as it relates to the development of DTI and the resulting pressure ulcer, the anecdotal evidence and common sense suggests that this is an area of the hospital that requires improved strategies for pressure management.
One study by Tarpey, et al. suggests 40% of patients admitted through the emergency department are at risk for pressure ulcer development. The average patient lies on a stretcher that does a very poor job of redistributing pressure for 222 minutes (3.7 hours).
The Dolphin StretcherTM with Fluid Immersion SimulationTM is the solution. The ability to custom fit the Dophin StretcherTM with FISTM to any stretcher regardless of make or model gives a hospital the flexibility to retrofit current stretchers or compliment new stretchers with Dolphin Technology.
The system can transport a patient up to eight (8) hours with full operation under it's own internal battery supply's power... just as if it were still plugged into an AC outlet!
Prevalence data shows that pressure ulcers are acquired
intraoperatively in an alarming 13%-17% of the surgical
population. Vascular and cardiac procedures are especially
risky with prevalence rates well beyond 20%. Up until now
there was very little the OR and skin care teams could do.
When you take into consideration all of the factors that
contribute to the development of a pressure ulcer during
surgery: very sick patients with multiple co-morbidities,
anesthetics that lowers a patients blood pressure and
essentially shuts down perfusion, and a paralyzed patient on a
non-compliant surface that does not redistribute pressure very
well, it is no wonder this phenomenon has been termed the
"Perfect Storm" as it relates to pressure ulcer development.
The Dolphin PadTM uses a micro-processor and sophisticated
dynamic pressure waveform analysis software that is able
to engage patients three dimensionally and volumetrically
providing proper symmetry and protection during long
Current support surface technology is hard pressed to address the low body weight of pediatric and neonatal patients. The microprocessor controlled Dolphin system can be equipped with pediatric and neonatal software packages for body weights as low as 150 grams for matching surfaces used for neonatal isolates and infant warmers as well as cribs.
Available for wheelchairs, recliners, CT scan x-ray tables and hyperbaric chambers.
All our systems contain internal battery backups which allow transport of a surface for up to eight (8) hours dependent upon the surface used.