Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the materials used to make the TurnAssist better?
BREATHEABLE. The fabric is manufactured with micropores to allow air to move around the patient. Not only does it improve microclimate and comfort, it also allows the TurnAssist to be used with low air loss mattresses.
REUSABLE. The leading brands of patient turning systems all have one thing in common– they all say “single patient use only.” But because of our materials, you can wash and disinfect the TurnAssist and use it for multiple patients, just like you would your facility’s bed.
TRIPLE LAYER CONSTRUCTION. The TurnAssist positioning sheet’s triple layer construction gives the TurnAssist unique advantages over other products. The materials in each layer work together to provide comfort, durability and function. The three layers are:
- Recovery 5™ is designed for applications where a stretch and flexibility can help reduce interface pressure. For the benefit of infection control, Recovery5™ is antimicrobial treated.
- SPACE TEX three dimensional spacer knit construction provides improved air flow and circulation and superior cushioning (only used on Premium set).
- SOFlux RS™ Rip-Stop Fabric is a versatile covering fabric designed for healthcare applications where durability and the ability to “Wipe Clean” and disinfect are paramount. SofLux RS is fire retardant, fluid proof, breathable and anti-microbial.
Can the TurnAssist be cleaned and disinfected?
Yes. All equipment should be inspected. Any item that is visibly soiled with the patient’s blood or other bodily fluids should be properly cleaned and removed per your facility’s protocol.
Can TurnAssist be cleaned at the bed side?
Yes. When the TurnAssist pad is slightly soiled, a social cleaning is recommended. Use a PH balanced soap and water solution and rinse with water. If grossly soiled, the TurnAssist should be laundered.
What are the recommended cleaning materials for TurnAssist?
Disinfectant chemicals should be registered hospital grade and have effectiveness claims for destroying or inactivating harmful micro-organisms. Use only the manufacturer’s recommended dilution. NEVER mix different chemicals together in the same container. WARNING: DO NOT use chlorine based cleaners, otherwise damage may occur to the TurnAssist. For lighter soils, the TurnAssist can be cleaned topically. Wipe down the pad with PH balanced soap and water solution and rinse with water.
What are the TurnAssist laundry procedures?
Staff should wear gloves, gowns and additional protective equipment if needed. Soiled TurnAssist should be transported in covered carts and be handled as little as possible. Soiled TurnAssist should NEVER be placed on the floor. NOTE: Foam bolsters should be washed at bed side, spray only with cleaner when necessary. If foam bolsters do require washing, follow the below instruction, removal of interior foam wedge is required. Only launder cover.
What is the pre-soak/washing cycle process for TurnAssist?
WARNING: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. DO NOT use bleach since it may damage the fabric coating.
1. Place item in the washing machine and fill the tub with warm water (Below 60°C/140°F).
2. Add laundry disinfectant pre-soak.
3. Follow the manufacturer’s dilution directions. Typical directions require agitation of the laundry for three (3) minutes to ensure saturation, followed by a ten (10) minute soak.
4. Wash using the delicate load setting with warm water (Below 60°C/140°F).
What is the machine drying method for TurnAssist?
Staff handling freshly washed TurnAssist should wash their hands. Dry TurnAssist below 50°C/120°F, in a industrial clothes dryer with accurate controls. High temperatures will damage the fabrics and void the warranty.
What is the Best Practice Usage of the Heelift?
Caregivers going off shift should open the Heelift and inspect the ankle and heel cord (Achilles Tendon) and leave the Heelift open for ventilation. Caregivers coming on shift should close the straps after inspecting the ankle/foot and heel cord.
May the Heelift Boots be used on multiple patients?
This is not recommended. Consult your physician or infectious disease specialist about cleaning, sanitizing, or autoclaving.
How long does the Heelift Boot last/function?
A Heelift will last from three months to twelve months depending on the activity of the patients.
Do the Heelift Boots come with guarantees?
Yes, for six months on a single patient.
Are the Heelift Boots latex-free?
Yes. All version of Heelift Boots are latex-free.
Why do we use open-cell polyurethane foam?
It is breathable, cooler, lightweight, durable, and customizable. (see Microclimate studies)
Why doesn’t anyone use “memory foam” for offloading boots?
It’s considerably heavier and warmer, retaining heat. There is considerable evidence that heat and moisture decrease skin strength and resistance to pressure injuries. (see Microclimate studies)
Why not use a softer foam that also completely offloads?
The warmth, weight and bulk of offloading boots are the most often cited challenges with patient comfort and compliance. The amount of material required would be prohibitive – the boot would considerably larger and heavier.
What is the purpose of the outside covering?
Heel offloading devices can get tangled in bed sheets. When this happens, the patient’s foot can fall out of the boot completely or become situated in a position that is not ideal for heel ulcer prevention. The outside covering helps the boot glide over bed sheets to help maintain proper foot positioning.
What is the function of the white low friction backing material on the bottom of the Heelift?
The white tricot material allows the foam Heelift to glide over bed sheets without friction. This keeps the foot firmly in proper position because the foot moves easily over the bed encouraging motion, decreasing DVT risk, and saving nursing time from frequent repositioning of the device. The tricot material does not cover the entire boot in order to avoid heat retention, and to allow the boot to breath better.
What should be done if erythema is found over the lower leg, heel cord, or malleoli?
Have a section removed from the fixed pad with a scissors, or the spare pad can be trimmed back and added to give pressure redistribution to the reddened area.
What are the advantages of the 360º Scales?
The KISS System 360º Scales include 4 linear scales, an area scale, and a perimeter scale. 360º scaling helps address the problem of camera positioning. It keeps the wound in perspective so you see what the wound looks like at the time of the assessment. Other rulers and L-rulers do not address the curvature of the body. They are insufficient. Rings adhere to the body’s curvatures.
Why are the KISS System Rings color-coded?
If the photo is slightly out of focus, you can still see the color code. The photo is not a total liability. The KISS Rings allow the photographer to take a quality picture rather than juggling the scale and the camera at the same time. As the numbers becomes more difficult to read, given distance from camera, you can still see the color of the rings. The area is still scaled.
What is the significance of the stick figure?
Use the stick figure to align the wound to the body so that the documentation demonstrates the 12 and 6 O’Clock direction.
How do the color-coded bars make it easier to determine the size of the wound in the photograph?
The ruler and scales are in the same plane as the wound. The bars help to highlight the contours of the body. Take a quality photograph without juggling the camera and the scale. If the camera is slightly out of focus and the numbers are not visible in the picture, the color-coded bars are still visible scaling the wound.
What are the KISS Wound Mapping Markers used for?
No more misplaced photos or calls asking where the closeups belong on the body. Different colored markers highlight unique wounds, patterns, and create contrast on different skin colors.
1. Assign a number to every wound.
2. Create a map of the wounds.
3. Photograph the map on the body.
4. Keep your photographs organized.
5. Speed up your assessment.