Total Pressure Management
Stimulite cushions combat the formation of pressure sores with their complete approach to pressure management. Pressure, shearing and maceration-softening of the skin due to heat and moisture-are the primary causes of decubitus ulcers. Stimulite cushions distribute pressure through their cellular matrix. The cells flex with movement to reduce shearing and because the cells are perforated, they prevent heat build-up and evaporate moisture, keeping the user cool and dry. Stimulite cushions address the primary causes of decubitus ulcers by providing Total Pressure Management.
Skin maceration is softening of the skin as a result of continual exposure to heat and bodily fluids or moisture. Severely softened or macerated skin is less tolerant of pressure and can lead to breakdown. Stimulite honeycomb is perforated, enabling air to circulate and moisture to evaporate which helps maintain skin integrity. The "footprint" of the honeycomb cells and their flexing action stimulates blood flow to enhance circulation.
Pressure Relief Plus Positioning
Stimulite honeycomb relieves pressure by distributing it away from hot spots. As a result, bony protuberances "feel" the same pressure as the surrounding anatomy. The honeycomb cells conform to body shape and distribute weight uniformly. Additionally, Stimulite honeycomb stabilizes any position due to the axial buttressing of the honeycomb cell walls perpendicular to the anatomy.
Shear Force Reduction
The horizontal stiffness of a material determines both its shear resistance and stability. Too much stiffness increases shear forces, while too little decreases stability. Stimulite honeycomb minimizes shearing without sacrificing stability. The honeycomb cells align themselves axially to the body, flex with movement to reduce shear forces against the skin and then instantaneously resume their original shape.