With a 39% incidence rate of pressure ulcers or related injury in hospitals and long-term care facilities, the Dolphin is an innovative solution to a long-standing challenge in wound care: soft tissue strain from the scientific and mechanical forces applied by support surfaces. The Dolphin is successful because it is basd on a simple notion: rather than the body conform to a surface, the surface conforms to a body.
Dolphin technology provides unmatched, advanced wound care therapy from the hospital to the home. With a variety of unique features that speeds up recovery time and prevents further injury, the Dolphin FIS is an optimal solution for complex wound care and prevention.
CT Scans allow us to see how the subcutaneous tissue is compressed within the body. It is not only important to have surface pressure be at or below 32mm Hg, but it is also important to have vascular flow throughout the compressed area. Pressure wounds start at he bone and expand outward in a wedge amplification effect. Theoretically, if vascular flow can be maintained at the bone level, than the risk for a pressure ulcer should be minimized.
The Dolphin maintains the gluteal symmetry and fold because there is minimal distortion. It maintains a normal orientation of bone, muscle, and subcutaenous tissue. Distances from IT to surface of skin actually increase from prone position. Therefore, there is little to no risk for ulcer formation.
With the Visco-Elastic Pad, there is a loss of the gluteal fold as a result of tissue and muscle distortion. It is evident there is a high risk for a pressure ulcer because of the reduced distance between the dermis and ischial tuberosity.