BBD Wheelchair Cushions
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a slit in the W series cushion line?
The slit in the WS series is for ventilation. It was originally designed to be used for people with a catheter. It also works well for use in the shower.
Which cushion is best for me?
Everyone’s body has it's unique shape and some people do better with the W series, whereas others find the M series more effective. You always have 15 days to exchange the cushion, but we do not take back cushion covers for sanitary reasons.
How much should the cushion be blown up?
About 2” overall, about 3/8” of air under each isheal and tailbone. Have a caregiver feel under the cushion and make sure the sit bones and other bony prominences are not touching the chair. Please make sure the cushion is not over-inflated (hard) as this can cause problems..
How do I clean the cushion?
Do not use bleach or cleaners that contain bleach. Use a mild soap such as dish soap. Hot water is no problem. In fact, the BBD Cushion can be autoclaved for sterilization. Urine does not deteriorate the cushion, but obviously, it should be cleaned if soiled.
Can I use the cushion in the shower?
Absolutely, a lot of our customers use them in the shower, for example burn victims fill them with water and sit on them in the bath. Others use it on a commode chair in the shower.
What is the advantage of the BBD versus other air cushions?
We have been told that our cushions are more durable and easier to check inflation because the bottom of the BBD cushion is soft rubber, not more rigid as other cushion bottoms. And, the BBD is made specifically to help prevent pressure sores. The BBD expands around the hindquarters and thighs, placing much of the support force on the more meaty areas of the buttocks than on the tailbone or ischeals.
Why did I get a pressure sore?
There are many factors in this situation. Of course, it could be the cushion is not working right for you, but first check the following: Age, nutrition, circulation, hydration, oxygenation, moisture control, ambient temperature, sitting time, possible infection, method of transfer (shear via scuffing), seating posture, ability to shift weight etc…
Must I have a cushion cover?
We recommend this because the cover prevents abrasion and limits shear if you slide onto your cushion during transfers. Also, rubber is subject to deteriation in air or from ultra-violet, such as the sun. Your BBD Cushion has UV stabilizers and a longer lasting rubber formulation; however, it will last longer with the cover. All our cushion covers can be washed in the washing machine, and air dried.
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