Designed to Save Dolphins,
but it Saves a Whole Lot More.

From ancient tales of dolphins saving the lives of hapless sailors to today’s “swim with the dolphins” tourist sites, humans have long felt a special affinity to these intelligent, playful sea mammals. Because they always look like they’re grinning, we even see them as friends.

Which, as it turns out, they are.

Special creatures needing
special handling.

The U.S. Navy, recognizing that dolphins possess the most sophisticated sonar abilities known to man, began training them to perform military exercises. But when the dolphins had to be transported outside of water over long distances, exposure to the vertical shear forces of gravity caused internal organ trauma and circulatory distress.

Clearly, a new method of dry transport was needed.

Thus was born a new technology.

Fluid Immersion Simulation® (FIS) software was developed to mimic the buoyancy of a body in salt water. The technology was then incorporated into a transport surface that minimizes the effects of vertical shear forces on the dolphin’s internal organs and physiological processes, while still providing the cost-effectiveness and ease of dry transport.

The eureka moment.

Like dolphins, humans have skin that’s very delicate and easily injured. Like dolphins, humans can suffer tissue damage when lying on certain surfaces. And like dolphins, humans can be injured by vertical shear forces.

Then came the eureka moment: Could the innovative technology that saved the dolphins do the same with humans?

The answer was yes. Yes indeed.

Dolphin FlS is now revolutionizing surfaces on hospital beds, operating room tables, stretchers, wheelchairs, and in bariatric and pediatric units. With good reason: Only Dolphin FIS simulates a fluid environment proven to maintain blood flow and prevent and treat pressure injuries across the care continuum.

The benefits – to patients and to healthcare practitioners and facilities – are substantial.

It’s a powerful example of what can happen when science and technology come together. With just a little help from dolphins.