Frequently Asked Questions About Pressure Relief Cushions

Pressure injuries are very common and they can affect anyone. These injuries are caused by prolonged pressure on the skin and they’re often referred to as bed sores, pressure sores or pressure ulcers. If you’re at a high risk of developing pressure injuries, you will likely have been told that prevention is better than cure. Bed sores can be very difficult to treat and depending on how severe they are, they can take a long time to heal. 

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of pressure sores is to use pressure relief products and anyone who spends long periods of time laying in bed or sitting in a chair or wheelchair should consider investing in a specially designed cushion. If you don’t know much about pressure-relieving cushions and you’d like to learn more, below we have answered some of the questions we’re commonly asked by our customers at Dan Medica South. 

Why do people use pressure relief cushions?

The main reason why people use pressure-relieving products is to help prevent pressure injuries when they spend a lot of time laying or sitting in the same position. These cushions can also be used to help heal grade 2, 3 and 4 open wounds though and they are often recommended as part of a treatment plan for existing pressure sores. Sometimes, people use pressure relief cushions to make sitting or laying down more comfortable too. 

How do Treat-Eezi cushions work?

The Treat-Eezi pressure-relieving products we have created at Dan Medica South are designed with multiple layers of thousands of polyester fibres. They use 3 Way Weave Technology and unlike other products on the market, Treat-Eezi cushions don’t require pumps, power or adjustment to be effective. So, you can start using them straight away. 

Pressure relief cushions work by spreading the weight-bearing load and distributing pressure which can help to improve blood flow to any susceptible areas of the body. They also conform to the natural body contours in both the seated and supine positions, and when movement occurs, the multiple layers glide against each other, preventing tissue shearing. Treat-Eezi products are designed so that air can flow through every square centimetre of the surface area too, reducing body temperature and lowering pain levels. 

What are pressure-relieving cushions made from?

Not all pressure relief cushions are made from the same materials and you will find a range of different products on the market. Commonly, cushions are made from foam, memory foam or gel and if you’re at a high risk of developing pressure injuries, these can all be beneficial. 

As mentioned above, Treat-Eezi products are made from thousands of polyester fibres and they’re deceptively simple yet Incredibly effective. Our pressure-relieving products are not like anything else on the market, they’re the softest and easiest to use. You can have peace of mind when using our cushions knowing that they’re NHS clinically approved too.

Where can pressure relief cushions be used?

Most commonly, pressure relief cushions are used on top of mattresses to help prevent bed sores from developing or getting worse overnight. However, they can also be used on recliner chairs and they are particularly beneficial for people who spend hours sitting in a recliner and sometimes even sleep in the same chair.

It isn’t uncommon for pressure relief cushions to be used on top of standard foam wheelchair cushions too. For example, the Treat-Eezi seat pad can be placed on top of any foam-based seating surface and it will immediately start bringing areas of increased downward pressure to a more acceptable level. Due to their size, all Treat-Eezi products can be transported conveniently in a standard suitcase too, so they really can be used anywhere, providing 24-hour protection.

Who can use pressure-relieving cushions?

Contrary to popular belief, pressure relief products aren’t just for people who are at a high risk of pressure ulcers. Whilst they are undoubtedly beneficial for anyone who is less able and spends prolonged periods sitting or laying in the same position, they can actually be beneficial for lots of other people too. For example, you can use pressure-relieving cushions in the car, so they can be beneficial for long-distance lorry drivers. They can also be used in the office and they can instantly make any standard office chair more comfortable. 

Purchasing a pressure relief cushion to stop bed sores 

If you’re searching for somewhere to purchase high-quality pressure relief products, be sure to explore the Dan Medica South website. We are the only UK specialised pressure care company that doesn’t solely supply products to the healthcare industry. We pride ourselves on our ability to help anyone with problems relating to tissue breakdown and we have products for most medical and non-medical clients. If you’ve never used pressure-relieving cushions before and you’re wondering which would be best for you, our experienced team is on hand to assist you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. 

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