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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.

"Broda chairs and wheelchairs make it easier for caregivers to provide optimal care with less stress on the client and the caregiver. For example, easier transfers, easier re-positioning, less maintenance, and easier mobility."

Carole P., MS/OTR |Easton, MD

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

"Our gliders [Tranquille Auto-Locking Gliders] are always disappearing out of our common areas and end up in our patients' rooms We don't know how they get there, but they love them and prefer sitting in them more than anything else. One patient with a back injury told us this was the only chair he could sit comfortably in. He wanted to take it home with him after his rehabilitation was complete."

Josiah D., Facility Administrator |Pocatello, ID

" My father, enlisted in the Air Force and trained as a machine gunner on B17’s during WWII. Photographs of the “Flying Fortress” grace the walls of his room in the Kansas Veterans' Home in Winfield, Kansas where he has been living for the past 6 years.

For the first 2 years in the Veterans’ Home, my father used a power wheelchair for mobility and independence. But at the age of 82, with advances in his Parkinson's and dementia, his power wheel chair was taken away for safety concerns. He was provided with a standard issue VA manual wheelchair with no tilt or recline. His posture in that chair was terrible ... he was very slumped over and leaning to the side. Even his breathing was limited as a result of his poor posture. All he could do was stare at the floor. It was so disheartening to see him this way. I would have to kneel on the floor to see him eye-to-eye due to his hunched posture from Parkinson's disease.

In a fortunate twist of fate, it was determined that my father was an ideal candidate for a chair from Broda. And as a vested veteran, he qualified for the VA to fund the chair. He has now had a Broda chair for over 4 years!

Since he's been in the chair from Broda we can now sit beside him on visits and look at each other face-to-face. Being able to tilt back in the chair and look upward, he can enjoy watching John Wayne westerns in the VA lounge. He can even use the Broda chair when he travels by transport for dental appointments. He can stay in his chair for the bus ride and in the office, since the chair can be tilted enough for the dentist to work on his teeth.

Broda's chair has been a blessing for my father, his caregivers and my family. The chair improves his quality of life and I can't imagine him not being in it over the past few years. We are fortunate that the VA will fund Broda chairs for Veterans like him who need them."

Kent P., Family Member

"We were at a loss with one of our residents who has frontal lobe dementia. He had trunk lean, stopped feeding himself and appeared to be in pain. We attempted to address the pain; however, any medication we used caused him to have increased behaviors. Since using Broda's Synthesis Tilt Recliner, he has been feeding himself, he smiles and laughs like he used to and is showing no signs of pain anymore. Thank you for producing a great product that brings the quality of life back to our residents!"

Kelly J., Director of Nursing |Sister Bay, WI