This support system, designed to support the pregnant patient in the late third term, is adjustable. The chest support can be separated from the pelvic support to provide even more supported space in the instance of supporting a pregnant woman with a very large fetus and/or large pregnant uterus.
The design provides for patient determined angles of flexion for the cervical spine, thereby affording the patient maximum comfort and a variety of possible support options for the face, which is particularly important during extended periods of prone positioning.
The system of support is anatomically designed to allow hammocking of the pregnant uterus in the abdominal recess, the torso being supported principally on the bones of the torso’s frame. The hips are flexed, eliminating risk of over stretching the uterine ligaments. The elevated position of the patient mimics the quadrupedal position the patient would be in if on hands and knees (elbows and knees).
The completed unit is comprised of two sub-units which are comprised of the Platform Base (one unit) and the torso support (the second, upper unit). These two sub-units are clipped together to create a single unit, the torso unit on top of the base unit. Two of the clips are located at the head end of the chest supports and two are located at either side of the chest supports.
The two sub-units can be transported, each in a carry bag with handles
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Optimizes maternal and fetal hemodynamics by affording the patient comfortable prone positioning for pregnancy, even in the late third term.
Optimizes intubation and hemodynamics in prone for ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) patients. Appropriate for extended periods of intubation prone, even 16 hours or more.*
Preeclampsia is addressed effectively in the late third term by positioning the patient prone. (ref. a study being conducted by PATH, an NGO concerned with health issues worldwide)
In prone, the patient is positioned semi-quadrupedally, (as on all fours, on elbows and knees). Her torso is supported principally on the bony landmarks of its frame, those being the clavicles, sternum, ribs below the breasts and the anterior-superior-iliac spines (ASIS). Her torso is thus suspended in complete comfort. Her spine is unloaded. There is no supporting pressure on her breasts. Her fetus is hammocked in an anatomically designed opening for the pregnant uterus, thus allowing her pelvis to be free of otherwise imposed pressures by the fetus to her pelvic vessels and nerves. Back pain is eased and pressure to the abdominal organs is alleviated. The patient can breathe unrestricted breaths.
The elevation of prone support provides hip flexion, combined with the hammocking of the fetus, affords maintaining the integrity of the uterine ligaments. Also, this relatively elevated position for the torso facilitates a balance of blood flow as parts of the body are below the level of the heart. The heart is not applying pressure to the lungs, and other abdominal organs and the fetus are not applying aortic pressure. Patient blood pressure and hemodynamics are optimized.
Ease of use: The height of the support allows the patient to ease herself to prone from a kneeling position, likewise, when arising from prone (back to her knees), she simply eases herself back upright to a kneeling position with minor assistance from her arms, without engaging the muscles of her lumbar spine, preventing the QL’s from going into spasm.
Side lying in lateral recumbent is simply achieved by separating the pelvic support from the chest support about 4 inches. The patient then turns to the right and places her left shoulder between the chest and pelvic supports, (LL). Her head then rests at the sternum area of the chest support. The leg support is placed between her legs with her hips and knees flexed 90 degrees.