Pressure Care Improvement of Wheelchair Pommel
In this case, we were contacted by an Occupational Therapist whose client was experiencing redness and skin breakdown on the inside of their inner knee areas. This was caused by rubbing on the wheelchair’s padded pommel fitting.
The pommel was attached to the front of the wheelchair to keep the client’s knees apart, but over time it was causing skin irritation and inflammation.
Our solution was to custom-make a specially designed pressure care pad, incorporating our soft Silicone Dimensional Gel for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
The Dimensional Gel provides a soft, cooling solution that also reduces the shear forces against the skin and being low-profile, at just ½” in-depth, fits neatly over the pommel without affecting the client’s comfortable seating position.
Our pommel protector benefits from the cellular design of the Dimensional Gel which moulds to the body for continual comfort and pressure-relief and comes with a breathable Dartex cover for the prevention of moisture build-up and ease of cleaning.
To further enhance user comfort, the pommel support strut was also encased in a protective Dimensional Gel Wrap which protects the skin from being damaged by contact with hard wheelchair surfaces.