Heat Buildup Comparison of the EHOB Cushion and a Leading Static Air Cushion

Two of the static air cushion solutions for the United Kingdom are compared with respect to
heat buildup. The NPUAP and EPUAP note that increasing evidence suggests that microclimate
plays an important role in the development of pressure injuries. Heat buildup is undesirable
because it is uncomfortable for the patient and can increase moisture
concentrations. An increase in temperature and humidity can result in weakened skin that
is at risk for injury.
Testing is necessary to compare the heat buildup of a patient atop both cushions. An infrared
camera is used to compare the average and peak (maximum) temperatures of a test subject
after sitting an hour on each cushion. The infrared camera allows an entire area on a patient
to be measured quickly without risk of capturing a single point (as when using a thermocouple
or thermometer).
The product that helps most in heat dissipation will increase in temperature more slowly
than the other. In other words, the average and peak temperatures will be lower on the product
that helps most in heat dissipation.

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