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Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation®

Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation®

Initially developed for dry transport of U.S. Navy dolphins, the OnCare™ Dolphin therapy surface provides Fluid Immersion Simulation®, reducing soft tissue distortion and promoting blood flow. In addition to wound prevention, the Dolphin FIS is clinically effective at accelerating the healing of advanced stage wounds, multiple pressure ulcers, flaps, skin grafts, burns and other wound conditions. This easy-to-use mobile system is available for most frames including hospital beds, operating room tables, stretchers, wheelchairs and bariatric.

How Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation® Works

Dolphin FIS software utilizes complex algorithms and a microprocessor to precisely adjust the surface density to the unique anatomical features of each patient. It automatically calculates the exact settings needed to simulate floating in a fluid medium.

  • Step 1

    Step 1: Dolphin system calculates the patient's weight

    Patient lies down and the FIS software begins to work

  • Step 2

    Step 2: Dolphin calculates the surface area and mimics fluid immersion

    FIS software automatically calculates the exact settings needed to mimic immersion in a fluid medium to relieve any contact pressure

  • Step 3

    Step 3: Vascular Occlusion is minimized as surface reacts to patient's movements

    Soft tissue distortion is minimized and near normal blood flow is maintained

  • Clinical Study Results

    Clinical study from the US Department of Veterans Affairs highlights effectiveness of Dolphin system

    The United States Department of Veterans Affairs conducted a study which highlights the effectiveness of the Dolphin.

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Tissue Distortion Comparison

Figure 1: CT Scan of subject in prone position Figure 2: CT scan of the subject in the supine position Figure 3: CT scan of subject on Dolphin surface

Figure 1

CT scan of subject in prone position shows natural symmetry of the gluteal area and distances from the most posterior point of the ischial tuberosities to the skin surface as 91mm and 86mm.

Figure 2: 2-D Surface

CT scan of subject in the supine position on a two-dimensional surface shows subcutaneous tissue and muscle has compressed and distorted, as well as the lumen diameter of micro-circulation has been reduced, with complete loss of gluteal fold. Distances from the most posterior point of the ischial tuberosities to the skin surface are 75mm and 78mm.

Figure 3: 3-D Surface

CT scan of subject on the three dimensional Dolphin surface indicates the natural symmetry of the gluteal area returns and maximization of the normal lumen diameter of micro-circulation, with restoration of tissue symmetry. Distances from the most posterior point of the ischial tuberosities to the skin surface are now 109mm and 99mm.

 


Additional Clinical Evidence to Support the Effectiveness of the Dolphin

Effectiveness of the Dolphin as a Tool to Improve Tissue Perfusion in Points of Compression

  - Division of Plastic Surgery, UC San Diego and VA La Jolla Medical Center, San Diego, CA

  - Findings: The Dolphin provided statistically significant improvements of tissue blood flow as compared to standard beds and gurneys.
 

Safeguarding Against Nursing Never Events: Best Practices for Preventing Pressure Ulcers and Patient Falls

  - The Advisory Board Company found that the Dolphin reduced nosocomial pressure ulcers from 11%-0%1.

  - Recommendations: Fluid Immersion Simulation® recommended for consideration by hospitals treating significant population of spinal cord injury patients or other patient populations with multiple system breakdowns. The Dolphin was rated 5 out of 5 stars for effectiveness.

1: 2009, The Advisory Board Company - 18645 - Safeguarding Against Nursing Never Events
 


Note: Fluid Immersion Simulation® is a registered trademark of Joerns Healthcare, LLC.