The Floating Effects are Simulated,
but the Outcomes are Real.

Traditionally, pressure ulcers have been associated with long-term care facilities. But now it’s apparent that emergency rooms and operating rooms in hospitals are also common environments for a deep tissue injury (DTI) and resulting pressure ulcer to develop.

No healthcare facility is immune.

A look at the cold, hard facts on the prevalence of pressure ulcers is painful but important.

In the ER, the average patient spends 222 minutes lying on a stretcher that is inadequate at redistributing pressure. As a result, as one study shows, 40 percent of patients admitted through the ER are at risk for pressure ulcers.

In the OR, there’s a 13 to 17 percent incidence of pressure ulcers, a number that jumps to more than 21 percent in vascular and cardiac surgical patients. Procedures that last more than four hours triple the risk of tissue damage.

Patients with spinal cord injuries face a 34 percent risk of developing a pressure ulcer within 24 hours of their initial injury.

Before Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation®(FIS), there was little that OR and skin care teams could do.

A remedy that works across the care continuum.

Dolphin FIS has been clinically shown to manage advanced wounds, flaps and skin grafts in the ER, OR, post-anesthesia care unit, spinal cord injury unit, coronary care unit, intensive care unit and medical/surgical unit. Because it creates an environment where the patient is kept in a near neutrally buoyant state, it maintains blood flow, eliminates harmful pressure points and prevents soft tissue deformation.

The Dolphin FIS concept is built around the critically important continuum of care, which focuses on protecting patients from the minute they arrive at a hospital. As a standardized intervention, it provides one solution for hospital beds, operating room tables, stretchers and wheelchairs, as well as for bariatric and
pediatric surfaces.

A tested and proven remedy.

Clinical studies and various scientific studies – laser Doppler technology, CT scans and PET scans – have validated that Dolphin FIS maintains blood flow and prevents and treats deep tissue injuries. Some highlights of those studies include:

  • A 70 percent improvement of tissue perfusion. The Division of Plastic Surgery, University of California San Diego (UCSD) and VA La Jolla Medical Center used Doppler Flowometry tests to compare Dolphin FIS to standard gurneys with engineered foam, fluid gel or standard foam. A 70 percent difference convinced the study authors to conclude that Dolphin FIS is by far the most advanced pressure-redistribution system on the market. Study on File, Joerns LLC

  • Elimination of pressure injuries reported by Memphis VA Medical Center. An 11 percent incidence rate of pressure ulcers in spinal cord injury units was reduced to zero through the use of Dolphin FIS. Study on File, Joerns LLC

  • Recommended by The Advisory Board Company for spinal cord injury patients.