The majority of pressure sores can be attributed to the lack of fresh blood flow to soft tissues, particularly tissue surrounding bony extrusions such as the spine, ischial tuberosities, or coccyx. Our cushions combat the effects by introducing movement.
For decades, one of the best ways to relieve pressure was to regularly “lift and shift” one’s body weight to promote circulation, and the addition of tilt functionality to wheelchairs also aided in weight distribution. Today, our cushions take this concept and, rather than moving the user, move the surface they are sitting on to distribute the pressure using a patented alternating-air system.
The Ease alternating air system starts with two staggered sets of air bladders that run laterally across the cushion (to prevent leaning left or right). A microprocessor-controlled valve regulates the pressure between these bladders, changing the amount of pressure in the respective bladders to create movement under the user. The process inflates the first set of bladders for 3 minutes. After this period the bladders are brought to equal pressure for 3 minutes, creating a “flat” surface. Finally, the 2nd set of bladders inflate and hold for 3 minutes before being brought back to equal pressure, and restarting the cycle.
The alternating movement of the Ease system, combined with up to 70 hours of battery life, makes for an all-day therapy that increases blood flow, and as a result, promotes healing of existing sores, and aids in the prevention of new sores. If you have any questions, feel free to call our toll-free number found at the bottom of the page.
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