Why The Bedsore Rescue Cushion Works So Much Better

Hello, all you hard-working Pressure Injury soldiers! Do you have questions about The Bedsore Rescue Cushion®?

You’ve come to the right place!

Below is everything you ever wanted to know about The Bedsore Rescue Cushion® Positioning Wedge cushion but were afraid to ask.

What is The Bedsore Rescue Cushion® positioning wedge?

The Bedsore Rescue Cushion® is a “turning cushion”. It has a 30-degree, angled designed to support your person on his/her side in a “turned” position while laying in bed.

Why does my person need to be supported at 30 degrees on his/her side while laying in bed?

We say 30 degrees to the side because that is far enough to be off the lower back, but not too far as to be on the side hip. Since there is less tissue between the skin and the pointy bones of the sacrum and trochanter areas, these spots are much more vulnerable to pressure injury. So we should avoid resting on these spots for too long. We need to offload the sacrum and hip. Simply put, he/she needs to lay on the buttocks where there is more muscle and fat and the bones are not so pointy.

(For detailed information about repositioning and pressure ulcer prevention, see our guide ‘Nursing techniques to get the pressure off’ section for a detailed explanation.)

Why is The Bedsore Rescue Cushion® curved like that?

The Bedsore Rescue Cushion® is the only positioning cushion that is curved so that the patented “lift tips” can provide lift while conforming to the natural curvature of the back. It makes it possible to support under the scapula and buttocks without touching the sensitive bones of the spinal column, especially the sacrum/coccyx.

How do I position the Bedsore Rescue Cushion® so that it supports my person at 30 degrees to the side without touching the sacral areas?

Simple! Just check the following image.

 

Can I use the Bedsore Rescue Cushion® cushion to support other body parts?

Yes! The curvatures and bilateral angles make it possible for The Bedsore Rescue Cushion® to be used to support many other body parts.
Try it to float the heels, under the head, between the knees, on both sides, under the arms. You can even use it as your breakfast-in-bed table. The curvatures of The Bedsore Rescue™ fit the curvatures of your person’s body!

What are the dimensions of The Bedsore Rescue Cushion® ?

Standard size: 27″ Long x 12″ Wide. From 5″ at Back to 2″ at “tips”.

Large size: 28″ Long x 12″ Wide. From 6″ at the back to 2″ at “tips”

Bariatric (available by special order only)
29″ Long x 18″ Wide. From 8″ at Back to 3″ at Tip

The Bedsore Rescue Wedge Cushion triangle is a patented isosceles triangle. That means two of the three sides have the same angle.

 

All other 30 degree lateral support cushions have three angles: One 90 degrees, one is 60 degrees, and one is 30 degrees. The problem with 90/60/30 degree angles is the 30 degree side where the patient is “supported” is actually too steep. It pushes a person too far over from the side, instead of lifting from underneath the person. The person is forced to a 60 degrees angle or more. Now there’s too much pressure on the opposite shoulder and hip, the person’s uncomfortable, and the wedge is unstable. It doesn’t last long!

By making two of the three angles the same (aka Bilateral angles) The Bedsore Rescue Cushion can fit under the person. The full support and the fact that a person’s back is not completely flat, they are supported at a near exact 30 degree angle, even though the two angles are only 20 degrees each. To prove its true, we used good ol’ fashioned geometrical proof chart:

Or see for yourself when you get your own Bedsore Rescue Positioning Wedge Cushion 🙂