Previously we discussed Vicair® adjustable skin protection cushions focusing on what makes Vicair® unique, how SmartCell technology works, and how Vicair® can address positioning needs. Today we are continuing our Vicair® series by taking a closer look at the Vicair® Active O2 cushion.
The Vicair® Active O2 is coded as Medicare code E2624/25 – Adjustable Skin Protection & Positioning cushion.
It is a pre-contoured hybrid air and foam cushion with 4 compartments of SmartCells in the rear of the cushion and a mildly pre-contoured foam inlay in the front.
The Active O2 is recommended for:
- users with a history of, currently have, or are at risk for skin/soft tissue breakdown and/or any stage pressure injury
- users with normal or impaired sensation
- users with pelvic and trunk weakness and fatigue as the contouring as well as the shape of the SmartCells provide a stability and alignment
- users needing assistance with transfers as the stability of the cushion increase ease of pushing up from the cushion or using a sliding board
Features/benefits of the Active O2 include:
- the cushion is adjustable to shape, weight, and changes in an individual’s position over time due to the SmartCells moving with every micro-movement of the user as discussed in the first blog of this series
- the cushion has a perforated liner, making it inherently breathable and may help with temperature and moisture control
- the cushion is lightweight, adding little weight to entire mobility system which could reduce repetitive strain injuries and increase independence with mobility
- The cushion comes apart easily for cleaning and disinfection. The rear compartments with SmartCell technololgy and cover can be machine washed for easy cleaning and disinfection. The foam inlay comes with an incontinence liner to protect the foam and can be easily wiped cleaned or the liner can be removed for washing
- Built ready to use, straight out of the box with no set up required.
Application and adjustability of the Active O2
The Active O2 comes in 2 profiles:
- Standard profile which is 4 inches in height
- Low profile which is 2 inches in height
The low profile might be a good option for individuals that are foot propellers that need to be closer to the ground. Without this lower seat-to-floor-height, the user may have a hard time getting a good heel strike without compromising pelvic positioning. Often times, if the seat-to floor-height is too high, the user slides into a posterior pelvic tilt or a pelvic obliquity to reach the floor better. And the low profile still has sufficient immersion to be coded as a skin protection product!
Ana Endsjo, MOTR/L, CLT
National Education Manager - Long Term Care Division
Ana Endsjo has worked as an occupational therapist since 2001 in a variety of treatment settings. She has mainly worked with the geriatric population, dedicated to the betterment of the treatment of the elderly in long term care centers. Her focus has been on seating and positioning and contracture management of the nursing home resident. With this experience, her hope is to guide other therapists, rehab directors, nurses, and administrators through educational guides, blogs, webinars, and live courses in her role as National Education Manager - Long Term