Belleville, Ill-based ROHO Inc, in partnership with a research team, recently published a study suggesting that air cell-based cushions may counteract the increased risk of pressure ulcers in people with obesity or diabetes.
The study—authored by Kara Kopplin, senior director of efficacy research at ROHO, Inc, along with Amit Gefen a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University in Israel and his PhD student, Ayelet Levy—was published in the January 2016 issue of Journal of Ostomy Wound Management.
Their aim was to evaluate the combined risk of obesity and diabetes in patients who are chronic sitters, either in chairs or wheelchairs, according to a media release from ROHO Inc.
Per the release, the study suggests that, As fat mass increased, so did the muscle stresses and strains near the Ischial Tuberosities (ITs, or “sit bones”) along with the skin stresses, in both the non-diabetic and diabetic tissues; and when simulated as seated on the air-cell-based cushion, these tissue stresses, even in the most obese simulations with diabetes (“worst-case patients”), were a fraction of the stresses reported in the literature for non-obese, non-diabetic simulated subjects (“best case patients”) seated on foam.
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[Source(s): ROHO Inc, PRWeb]