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Patient Protection - Product Overview - Technology - Peak Pressure - Bottoming Out - Research - Applications

Peak pressures are observed typically at the bony
prominences of the head, scapulae, sacrum, trochanteric
head, and heels. These pressures are experienced when
the support material has lost the ability to redistribute
load away from these prominences. As increased pressure
compresses the tissues between the surface and the
underlying bone, blood flow is shunted away from the
area. This results in decreased oxygen perfusion to the
underlying tissue and is experienced by the patient
initially as discomfort and ultimately as pain.

The original equipment manufacturer table pads used
today on MRI or other imaging tables are made of resilient
foams which produce uneven pressure distribution and
areas of peak pressures. The discomfort associated with
peak pressure is a primary reason that patients move
during MRI scans. These patients are moving to reduce
the pressure forces and thereby allow blood flow and
oxygenation back into the body areas that had
been deprived.

Patient Comfort Systems’ products automatically allows
for dynamic changes in the pressure profile and thus
maintains tissue blood flow and oxygenation, resulting
in greater patient comfort and significantly less motion.


Click the image to see pressure maps of a patient
using Patient Comfort System's pads vs standard pads