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Criteria for Pressure Reduction with the Comfort Tension Seating system

Individuals who present with one or more of the following conditions:

 

A. At risk of skin break down or decreased skin integrity

 

B. History of Decubitus Ulcers and/or other types of pressure wounds
Justification:

The Comfort Tension Seating prevents the bottoming out effect which occurs with standard wheelchair seating surfaces. Each strap conforms individually to the person’s body, thus suspending the weight of the person across multiple points. Pressure distribution of the individual’s weight more evenly greatly reduces the amount of pressure placed on any one area. The even distribution of the patient’s weight allows for decreased pressure and improved blood flow allowing for greater retention of tissue health which is vital for maintaining skin integrity. Our Comfort Tension Seating system also provides for enhanced airflow which aids in decreasing the buildup of heat and moisture as well as reducing the development of yeast and bacteria while improving seating comfort.

C. Outstanding bony prominence and/or musculoskeletal deformities/conditions
Justification:

Each strap conforms individually to the patient and the amount of pressure they apply. Therefore, if a user presents with a bony prominence or condition such as having kyphosis or lordosis, the strap will conform to the pressure point instead of creating a higher pressure which occurs with standard wheelchair seats. For an even more significant reduction of stress, select straps may be removed or repositioned.

D. Sever Agitation due to or discomfort with typical wheelchair seating surfaces
Justification:

The Comfort Tension Seating system provides a superior comfortable and less noxious feel than standard wheelchair seating surfaces. The strapping system disperses weight evenly providing a more comfortable seating surface. The straps are ideally firm enough to provide necessary support to encourage proper pelvic positioning helping to prevent tilting of the pelvis and *postural deviations.

 

E. Decreased Postural Stability and/or Control
F. Reduced Mobility in or Misalignment of Pelvis

 

Justification:

Collectively, the straps provide an optimal cradling effect to a user’s pelvis, which assists with midline posture. The straps are ideally firm enough to provide necessary support to encourage proper pelvic positioning helping to prevent tilting of the pelvis and postural deviations. The strapping systems ability to give way and mold to the body dramatically decreases the amount of pressure placed on the pelvic region.

G. Involuntary and/or uncontrolled potentially harmful movements
Justification:

The Comfort Tension Seating system is designed with smooth straps to cradle the patient while absorbing the energy produced by the movement of the patients. The straps ability to give way during episodic movements significantly decreases the potential for injuries associated with standard seating surfaces.

We have not had any skin breakdown with our residents in Broda's Elite Tilt Recliners since we started using them four years ago. We attribute this to the design of the straps allowing for moisture wicking as well as the ability to easily position recline position for pressure relief.

Jaclyn A., OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy |New Hartford, NY

We have not had any skin breakdown with our residents in the Broda's Elite Tilt Recliners since we started using them four years ago. We attribute this to the design of the straps allowing for moisture wicking as well as the ability to easily position recline position for pressure relief. We have not had any skin breakdown with our residents in the Broda's Elite Tilt Recliners since we started using them four years ago. We attribute this to the design of the straps allowing for moisture wicking as well as the ability to easily position recline position for pressure relief.

Mitch Connors