PressureGuard Protocol Technology

PressureGuard Protocol Technology

Span-America’s design ensures airflow beneath user, and a quieter, cooler-operating control unit.

June 21, 2014
Manufacturing Group

Greenville, South Carolina – Span-America officials recently introduced a new addition to the company’s PressureGuard series of specialty air therapy surfaces. The PressureGuard Protocol features Span's high-performance microclimate management technology, which is indicated for excessive skin moisture caused by perspiration. Excess moisture can lead to maceration, which is a weakening of the skin that can cause pressure ulcers, make them worse, or prevent them from healing. By providing effective skin moisture management, the new offering delivers a highly effective combination of both prevention and treatment of Stage I through IV pressure ulcers. The design of Span's patented direct delivery cover facilitates a gentle flow of air from the quiet, energy efficient control unit.

This operation presents a sharp contrast to typical low air loss systems, whose high output blowers generate more noise and heat while using more power. Vulnerable skin is protected by the uninterrupted flow of air directly to the underside of its vapor-permeable but fluid-proof coverlet, where it interacts with moisture vapor from the user's skin. Moisture vapor is then swept away before it can re-form as a liquid, reducing maceration – an outcome that is especially desirable at the vulnerable sacrum. Unlike typical low air loss designs, the Air Diffusion Matrix fabric is not collapsed by the user's weight, ensuring a pathway for a constant flow of air beneath the user.

The new Protocol surface includes several additional features that can be indispensable in modern resident care – gentle alternating pressure therapy to promote improved circulation and healing, and powered flotation treatment modes which provide additional surface stability for ADLs, transfers, and feeding.

Span's years of development and engineering for the long-term care environment are evident in the PressureGuard platform. It includes features such as the Geo-Matt style foam topper, a high density, medical grade foam with a geometric design consisting of over 800 individual cells. Each cell acts individually to customize patient support, comfort, and pressure reduction. This segmentation minimizes the pulling of the skin and tissue over bony prominences, offsetting the harmful effects of shearing. The Heel Slope at the topper's foot end is designed to further reduce pressure at the sensitive heel.

Another PressureGuard feature with multiple advantages is the Safety Edge, which helps prevent falls and user entrapment between the side-rail and the mattress. The two-part foam bolster system provides a firmer surface for edge-of-bed sitting and encourages the supine user towards the center of the mattress, increasing compliance with bed safety guidelines.

Source: Span-America Medical Systems Inc.