Evidence based design
Incorporating the latest pressure care advances, Kirton bring you an innovative range of stand alone cushions that offer pressure relief for those at very high risk and assist in the healing of pressure ulcers up to Grade II (EPUAP).
Independent research has indicated that Intelli-Gel® performs similarly to a commercially available air bladder wheelchair cushion. Unlike an air-based cushion however, Intelli-Gel® cannot leak or puncture and will continue to perform effectively even if damaged.
The simplicity of the cushions is underpinned by a sound understanding of why and how pressure ulcers are formed. Intelli-Gel® does not require set up or installation, the cushions can simply be placed in a chair or seating system and will be effective immediately.
The Intelli-Gel cushions come in two styles; a Contoured version and a Low Profile Topper.
The Intelli-Gel® Contour is designed to reduce the risk of individuals developing a pressure ulcer and to assist in the healing of pressure ulcers up to Grade II (EPUAP). The Intelli-Gel® Contour is intended to replace existing seat cushions in chairs and to be used as seat cushions in wheelchairs, on hard surfaces and sling seats.
Intelli-Gel® Low-Profile Topper:
Designed for use over existing seat cushioning or on sling wheelchair seats, the Intelli-Gel® Low-Profile Topper will improve comfort without significantly increasing seat height. Used as a topper in conjunction with an existing seat cushion, the Intelli-Gel® Low-Profile can reduce the risk of pressure ulcers for those at high risk or with existing pressure ulcers up to Grade II (EPUAP).
The Intelli-Gel® Low Profile is also intended to improve comfort for healthy individuals who sit for long durations, such as road or air travel, or in the office.
Intelli-Gel® is made up of a deep grid-like array of gel columns which allow it to redistribute pressure so easily. Under areas of low pressure the gel columns support the weight of the body. Where peak pressures are present the gel columns buckle and a very low 'spring back' force is applied meaning peak pressure areas, such as the ischial tuberosities, are eliminated.
It is known that a 1° rise in skin temperature increases cell metabolism by 10%. Cell necrosis occurs when the metabolic demand of the cell is not met by the supply of the blood. So as pressure reduces the supply, heat increases the demand causing the beginnings of a pressure ulcer.
Intelli-Gel® is naturally good at reducing heat build up in the skin. This is due to the co-polymer gel material having a high specific heat capacity which means it takes a lot of energy to heat up and is therefore more likely to cool the patient than increase in temperature.
Contouring helps to prevent the pelvis from rotating backwards and in doing so protects the sacrum and improves posture. Contouring also improves the stability of the cushion helping users feel secure when seated. All Intelli-Gel® cushions have some degree of contouring which maximised the inherent pressure redistribution characteristics of the product.
Moisture is an important risk factor in the development of a pressure ulcer. Due to the array of gel columns with nothing between but air, Intelli-Gel® encourages the circulation of air and the transport of moisture from the body.
Both Intelli-Gel® and the closed cell foam beneath are non-absorbent. They can be submersed in water, cleaned and dried quickly. The non-absorbent qualities also mean the cushion cannot hold bacteria making it much more hygienic than open cell foams. Holes in the foam base encourage airflow whilst maintaining the cushion's cleaning capabilities.
Intelli-Gel® Cushion Options
- Intelli-Gel® Low Profile Topper (2"/50mm thick)
- Intelli-Gel® Contour Cushion (3.5"/90mm thick)
16" x 16" 400mm x 400mm
18" x 16" 450mm x 400mm
18" x 18" 450mm x 450mm
20" x 16" 510mm x 400mm
20" x 18" 510mm x 450mm
- A lightweight, two-way stretch, knitted fabric cover
- A lightweight, two-way stretch, vapour permeable, waterproof, welded fabric