Java Cushion: “Game Changer”

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Michael Franz writes in “Identifying the Game Changers So You Don’t Have To, about how much the Ride Java Cushion has positively affected his health and well-being. His column is featured in the February 2020 issue of New Mobility magazine. Thanks for the shout-out! Learn more about how the Java Cushion works here.

 

This seating story made our day

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Recently we received a letter that made our day — what a story.
We love happy endings!

In 1975 I was injured in a farming accident and ended up a T10 paraplegic. For the first seven years, I used a naugahyde-covered foam cushion. I was able to sit up three to five hours before having pressure sore issues. I then switched to a Roho air cushion and was able to extend my sitting time to five to six hours before having issues.

As I aged, my sitting time slowly decreased. I found a $5000 electric pulsating air cushion and thought my problems were over. I worked directly with the company, but, unfortunately, had terrible results no matter what we did.

Over these 30 years, I spent half to three quarters of my waking time in bed either trying to prevent a pressure sore or recovering from one.

I then learned Mayo Clinic was starting a seating clinic for anyone in a wheelchair. I decided to make an appointment to see what they had to offer.

At the appointment, they put me on a pressure mapping pad and told me they had the perfect solution. I had been through several pressure mapping sessions at other places, so I was skeptical of their comment.

They brought out a Ride Java Cushion and for the next half hour, I got on and off the cushion while they shaped it to the reading on the pressure map. They were soon satisfied and said stay in town to try it for a few days. I was naturally very skeptical — I was going back to a simple, economical foam cushion like I had used 40 years before. I stayed in town and tried it for several different time periods.

No matter what length of time I spent sitting, I never had any red areas. I went back so they could re-look at the pressure map.  They said nothing had changed and I was good to go. I went back home and was soon sitting up 8 to 10 hours per day with absolutely no red spots or any areas showing any kind of pressure problem.

I have used the cushion over five years now with not one single issue.  I can easily sit up 18 hours at a time with no problem. After being in a wheelchair for 45 of my 66 years, it is a miracle.

Ride has always responded promptly to any of the many questions I have asked. I recently bought a second cushion to have as a spare even though I have not noticed much wear on my first.

I can’t say enough good about the Java Cushion and the team at Ride. They have given me my life back.

Sincerely,
Gary K.

Kudos to Gary for his persistence. We’re so glad he discovered Ride’s Java Cushion to be a great fit for his sit-uation. Thank you for writing!

Read more user success stories here and learn more about the Ride Java Cushion here.

ER Physician back on the job

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After a bike accident left Dr. Daniel Grossman paralyzed, he returned to work six months later with a renewed perspective on how he interacts with his patients at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Watch the coverage from NBC Nightly News here.

“When I say, ‘I know your life is about to change or is changing today,’ they look at me and they know that I know what I’m talking about, and it’s pretty emotional.”

Another article offers more detail about his journey, including photos and a video demonstration of Grossman’s transferring technique.

The Mayo Clinic has also published his story from their viewpoint…

He was returning to Mayo Clinic not as a physician, but as a patient. He recognized that accepting this new role would be essential to his recovery — both for himself and those caring for him. So he insisted that his care team call him Daniel, not Dr. Grossman, to emphasize that when it came to his recovery, they were the experts

How interesting. He seems like one determined guy… and we were pleased to see him using the Java Cushion and Back.

“There’s no question that this accident will have a long-term impact on my ability to be a better physician,” he says. “It’s made me more empathetic and compassionate and made me much more aware of my patients’ needs.”

Stay cool with cushions designed to help alleviate heat and moisture

Heat and moisture, combined with the stresses of prolonged sitting, can contribute to pressure injuries.

Cushions designed around immersion technologies (think air or gel-filled) are intended to conform completely to boney areas, thus sealing off the pelvis from significant air flow. This can cause the skin to be warmer, damp, and clammy. Moist skin is not healthy skin.

In contrast, Ride’s cushion designs take an altogether different approach: holding the high-risk areas up and away from the surface of the cushion, creating space for air to flow between the skin and the cushion. These patented, skin-friendly interface designs make all the difference in helping to manage heat and moisture.

All Ride cushions help keep the sitter dry and comfortable in virtually any climate
through the use of exceptional design and materials…

Spacer mesh fabric:

All Ride cushion cover designs incorporate spacer mesh fabric (below left). Even under significant load, the spacer fabric does not compress, thus allowing air to move between the sitter and the cushion. The unique architecture of the fabric is apparent below right in this cutaway, close-up view of the fibers that create space for air to flow through the fabric.

Vented cushion designs maximizes air flow:

• The Java Cushion has a ventilation channel on the underside of the cushion
so air can flow freely between the cushion and the person sitting on it. Below is a cutaway view of the cushion so you can see how air can flow into the contoured spaces from the rear of the cushion and into the ventilation channel from the front. Even the cushion’s well area has been perforated to enhance air flow — see overhead view, below right.

• An optional Ventilation Channel is available for the Ride Custom 2 Cushion. In keeping with the custom product, the channel is specifically located for each shape, at the position of best opportunity for air flow. See airflow diagram below.

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Anytime of year, and especially with the summer months quickly approaching, consider these Ride cushion options to help those who use wheelchairs to sit as comfortably and safely as possible. (Not to mention seating stability…)

We have the evidence! To read university-level studies supporting the efficacy of Ride Cushions, click here.

Simplify wheelchair seating

Ride Java Back and Java Cushion for wheelchairs

Stop the madness of trying to decipher elaborate charts when selecting a wheelchair seating system. Ride’s concise product range has truly got you covered!

Our products are designed to help protect skin — plus — provide the stability to improve posture and mobility.

Consider this: Competitive products that protect skin through immersion and envelopment are inherently unstable. Posture is sacrificed for skin protection.

Ride cushions manage both skin and posture. Plus, they offer heat/moisture management and are the lightest on the market!

Pair one with a Ride back support and you’ve created a highly effective seating system. For example, shown here, the Java Cushion and Back.