The Soft Heel Cushion is a wide, flat wedge shape to be placed under both legs, to raise the heels off the mattress. Some filling can be removed to make channels for the legs to rest in, and a pommel can be built up between the legs.
The product options are:
|Description||Cover Material Photo||Notes|
|Complete Product||This consists of the hollow-core fiber inside a white cover with a zip.|
|Cover Only – Black||This is a black material cover to go on the outside of the Complete Product, to act like a pillow case to remove for regular washing. Black is more discreet if used in a wheelchair in public.|
|Cover Only – Blue Waterproof||This is a blue material cover to go on the outside of the Complete Product, to act like a pillow case to remove for regular washing. The material is waterproof, and the seams are heat sealed, but we do stitch the zip, so it is not a 100% sealed product.|
|Cover Only – White||This is a white material cover to go on the outside of the Complete Product, to act like a pillow case to remove for regular washing.|
We recommend purchasing the Complete Product, plus at least one Cover. This way, you can remove and wash the cover only, and not the Complete Product unless it needs washing.
The full range of the Pelican Sleep System Positioning Cushions and accessories consists of:
|Soft Wedge Cushion|
|Soft Leg Abduction Cushion|
|Soft Heel Cushion|
|Soft Arm & Hand Cushion|
|Soft General Cushion – Small|
|Soft General Cushion – Large|
|Soft Hugging Cushion|
|Soft Lateral Cushion|
|Soft U-Shaped Cushion|
|Soft Ring Cushion – Small|
|Soft Ring Cushion – Large|
|Soft Hollow-Core Polyester Fibre – A 2kg / 4.4lbs bag of spare filling|
|Soft Cushions Vacuum Flat Pack Board – To help pack the cushions flat in the vacuum seal bag|
A Therapist should position the Cushion. They may rearrange, add, or remove filling to the Cushion to suit individual patients.
The Vacuum-Seal Bag
The Complete Product comes packed in a reusable vacuum-seal bag. By using the vacuum bag it is easier for care facilities with multiple products to store and for therapists visiting people to transport them in a car. After taking out of the bag the cushion will inflate. If a vacuum cleaner is available, the cushion can be deflated again to take back and store. Freight fees are based on the weight and the size of the packing, so by reducing the packing size the freight will be lower.
The black and white Cushion Covers are made out of a soft, four-way stretch material that wicks perspiration away from the body. This material is often used in sportswear. A covered zip is sewn onto the material, and a flap is sewn over the zip to help protect fragile skin. The black Covers may be more discreet in public.
The blue Waterproof Covers are made from a wipeable, breathable, four-way stretch material. The seams are heat sealed, but the zip opening is stitched. Although the Cover is mostly heat sealed, we cannot say that it is a 100% heat-sealed product as it needs to be able to have the Complete Product placed inside it.
The zips have a material flap over them to protect the skin, and are normally located away from areas likely to be contaminated. Inside the zip, there is a material flap. This help prevent the filling from becoming caught in the zip.
Note: The photos showing the zips are examples only. The exact location of the zip for the range of Pelican Soft Cushions varies from product to product.
The benefit of the Hollow-core polyester fibre is that it is possible to remove or add some of the fibre for particular pressure care and individual patient care. When removing some of the filling, the hollow-core fibre does not move or migrate, unlike micro-polystyrene beans which move to fill the gap. Polyester is also cooler and softer next to the body compared to foam or micro-polystyrene beads, and may help someone stay thermoneutral. There is no noise from the hollow-core fibre, so if a patient’s head is resting on a Cushion, it will be quiet.
We can also supply 2kg / 4.4lbs bags of the Soft Hollow-Core Polyester Fibre (sold separately) to allow you to add more filling or to fill your own cushion covers. The fibre is packed in the reusable vacuum-seal bag. After filling the empty Covers, the air can be sucked out of the bag again, to take up less storage space. The Soft Cushions Vacuum Flat Pack Board (sold separately) is available to help keep the Cushions flat when extracting air with the vacuum bag.
Alternative Bed Positioning Support Products
See all of our products to help with positioning someone in bed here.