Cushion, EquaGel™ General Cushion, 2nd Generation


Item Number MIEQG18W16D
Manufacturer Miscellaneous
Manufacturer Part No EQSC1816
Your Price $127.85

Product Description

2nd Generation EquaGel™ Straight Comfort Cushion for Basic Pressure Therapy. Features 100% EquaGel™, 2” tall in two stages: The top layer is a thin-wall gel and a tight grid for comfort and the bottom layer is a thicker gel and a wide grid for deep posture support. Includes 4 way stretch and fluid resistant black cover that is launder-able. Measures 18"W x 16"D.

People who sit for long periods need the support of the cushions that utilize the technology of EquaGel™. Nursing home residents greatly benefit from the seat cushion technology developed by EquaPressure. The EquaGel cushions do not "bottom out" as they relieve for the pressure points.

What is EquaGel™? EquaGel™ is a dry-polymer gel, almost rubbery. It is not a liquid. This gel has unbelievable tensile and compression strength.

How does it work? One of its most amazing features is referred to as column buckling. Simply put, each wall of gel is capable of supporting only a marginal load. When that threshold is exceeded, the wall buckles under and passes the weight to the surrounding walls for support. This "buckling and weight-passing" happens instantly and repeatedly until the maximum surface area of pressing weight is evenly supported by sufficient walls to hold the weight up, regardless of its shape. Applied to seat cushions, the pressure points of the ischium and coccyx are allowed to buckle into the cushion without resistance while the buttocks are supported evenly. The areas most likely to develop pressure sores are allowed to float nearly pressure-free within the pad while the client's weight is distributed evenly across the cushion.

What are the advantages of EquaGel™ over traditional technologies? Traditional cushioning technologies compress under a weight load. As a load compacts a foam cushion, the foam will bottom out under the heavier and pointier parts of the body causing pressure and ischemia and putting a client at risk of developing an ulcer. The harder a foam is compressed, the harder it pushes back - the higher the pressure and greater the risk of developing a sore. This compression strategy ultimately is attempting only to slow the development of pressure sores rather than eliminating pressure points.

Tempur-foams, while also exacerbating heat issues, are a prime example of attempting to slow pressure development rather than eliminating it.

Adjustable air systems ultimately follow the same model as foam cushions. Once a weight is pressing onto an air chamber and the air as displaced outward to the limits of the air chamber, compression and pushing-back takes place. Adjusting the chamber with more or less air doesn't eliminate compression; it masks it the same as substituting harder or softer foams would. This is also true with liquid bladders, displacing air or liquid to the capacity of a chamber results in compression.

EquaGel™, through the patented process of column buckling, allows pressure points at the ischium and coccyx to free-float down in the cushion while the weight is evenly distributed across the entire contact surface of the client.

“One of my residents had a surgical flap and his healing was not progressing on the ROHO. I changed his cushion to an EquaGel and am very satisfied with the results.” Jack G. – DON - Columbine Manor, Salida, CO

“I placed an EquaGel cushion under one of our residents, who was very susceptible to skin breakdown, and her current wound fully healed in three weeks. Keeping her on the EquaGel cushion has also prevented any further skin issues.” Cheryl C., PTA, RC - Vista Grande Inn - Cortez, CO

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