The picture of patients in intensive care who need to be ventilated during this COVID pandemic are carved on our retina. An additional difficulty is that in many cases the patients are obese. This makes them difficult to position for surgery or ventilation in prone position (face down).
Ergotrics, the Medtech company specialised in positioning and moving patients with compressed air, has now designed an XL pillow based on the morphology of obese patients weighing up to 180 kilos (400 pounds).
Optimal positioning in operating room
The extra-large surgical cushions are optimally designed to support the ribcage and pelvis, while the soft tissue and abdomen hang freely,” explains neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Depauw. “The ultimate goal is to position each patient on his ‘personalized inflatable skeleton’. This allows us to optimally reduce the abdominal pressure, which is important to perform an operation properly from a technical point of view. Because of the optimal positioning we think there will be less venous congestion, less blood loss and a clearer picture of the surgical area”.
“THE EXTRA-LARGE SURGICAL CUSHIONS ARE OPTIMALLY DESIGNED TO SUPPORT THE RIBCAGE AND PELVIS, WHILE THE SOFT TISSUE AND ABDOMEN HANG FREELY”.
Improvement of oxygen uptake
The innovative pillow offers a solution not only for surgery, but also for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The company was listed in the UN report as a successful innovation in this pandemic. CEO Inge Bruynooghe explains: “The Ergotrics cushions lift patients into an optimal position for ventilation. The abdomen becomes free hanging, making more pulmonary vesicles available for breathing. This can improve oxygen uptake in the patient’s blood. With the product launch today, we can also help corona patients weighing up to 180 kilograms, without any ergonomic burden for healthcare staff”.
Worldwide, the pillow is very popular. “Realising this innovation was an important milestone for the American market where the number of obese patients is higher and is only increasing”, concludes Bruynooghe.
From: Fokus Healthcare