New postural support cushions help hospital patients with breathing problems

New postural support cushions help hospital patients with breathing problems

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has actually partnered with postural assistance expert Levitex to help COVID-19 hospital-based clients breathe and sleep more easily.

Following previous successful research jobs with the company, the partnership has actually seen Posture Care, a business that works closely with clients struggling with incapacitating conditions, create a distinct Proning System. These are specially formed cushions that support patients in a side-lying or prone (resting on their stomach) position.

UCLan approached Dr Ambreen Chohan and the MedTech Innovation Group to assist the Royal Preston Hospital (RPH) link with an expert healthcare business to develop a kit to assist improve oxygen levels in clients that have contracted the virus.

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” However, ICUs are facing a big problem with assisting clients that are not sedated to push their front for sustained amount of times as they merely cant tolerate it. Lots of patients struggling to breathe are also tired out, uncomfortable, frightened and some are overweight or elderly, making it extremely challenging for personnel to re-position them throughout the day.”

All cushions use an unique polyurethane foam produced by Posture Cares sister company, Levitex, which have pressure-relieving homes.

He stated: “We approached UCLan to help us find a company that might develop a service whichs when we were introduced to the group at Posture Care. With the assistance of one of our physiotherapists, Simon Brady, a prototype Prone System was developed and casual feedback from preliminary testing on critical care patients showed that it assisted significantly.

” Thats what caused us contributing many pillows throughout the region, consisting of to the group at RPH, and developing an online self proning guide which has actually already been utilized by countless individuals,” Dr Lieberman described.


Dr Laha described that, in April 2020, Levitexs medical director Dr Ilan Lieberman returned to the ICU and saw how the Levitex pillows could help aerated clients remain in the susceptible position for prolonged amount of times.

Recognising the benefits of susceptible positioning, Dr Laha approached UCLan to look for a more advanced service.

The shape of each cushion supplies assistance for a clients hips, chest and head in the susceptible position, however likewise the head, back, knees and ankles in a side-lying position. The pressure-relieving residential or commercial properties of the cushions assist to make the position more bearable for patients.

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” Having previously researched a series of Posture Care and Levitex products, we got in touch with the group and now five of the Proning Systems they have actually developed remain in usage throughout the RPHs Intensive Care Unit and breathing wards and we are working together to look into the impact it has on clients with Covid-19.”

Dr Chohan, a Research Fellow in Biomechanics at UCLan, said: “We were approached by Dr Shondipon Laha, a Consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and we were more than happy to assist with such an essential health job to assist patients who are struggling to eliminate the impacts of Covid-19.

” Weve seen clear proof of success in utilizing proning– a method that is more frequently utilized for clients with pneumonia and on ventilators– in the fight against Covid-19.

During the first wave of the pandemic, Levitex contributed 200 of its pressure-relieving pillows across North West and additional hospitals, including RPH, to help personnel put clients into prone position more easily.

” Weve seen its success already and we hope this will help reduce the problem on medical staff and lead to better client results, eventually using a life-saving service for a lot of individuals in the fight versus this awful virus.”

” Our new Proning System takes that collaboration to the next level, helping patients endure the treatment of prone position for even longer periods and we are already in discussions with a number of NHS Trusts about a wider rollout.