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The Softcloud overlay
The softcloud Top overlay is constructed of air cells that gently alternate to disperse unwanted pressure. It is recommended for individuals at higher risk of pressure ulcer development when frequent manual repositioning is not possible. It has a 12 minute cycle (1 in 2 cycle) and 3 static head cells to provide full comfort.
Intuitive control units
The SoftCloud control units benefit from an intuitive display which can be used to adjust comfort levels by providing either a 1 in 2 or 1 in 3 alternating pressure mode along with a static option.
Furthermore, an auto detect feature allows the control unit to automatically sense pressure from the body and adjust the pressure level accordingly. The control units feature both visual and audio alarms, which will activate in the event of low pressure or power failure and benefit from an alarm mute and panel lock function for ease of cleaning.
Prevention and management of pressure ulcers
Established alternating pressure technology is recommended for round the-clock prevention and management of pressure ulcers, when combined with an individualised monitoring, repositioning and wound care programme.
Healthcare professionals often encounter situations where a individual may not be able to tolerate, or have access to, frequent repositioning. In these circumstances, the EPUAP recommends using an active support system as part of a pressure ulcer prevention or management plan.
The Invacare SoftCloud™ mattresses and overlay are a range of high quality active support surfaces, designed for individuals at ‘Very High Risk’ of developing pressure ulcers. The alternating pressure within Invacare’s SoftCloud range has been designed to mimic the natural protective environment of regular spontaneous movement, by redistributing pressure several times each hour, even if the individual does not move.
Essential nursing care is pivotal in pressure ulcer prevention. This mattress will positively contribute to the outcome of a pressure ulcer prevention care plan. Education, clinical judgment and action based planning based on vulnerability are fundamental factors in the prevention of pressure ulcers. A range of assessment scales can be used as a formal method of assessing risk from pressure ulcer development, and should be used in conjunction with an informal assessment (informed nursing judgment).