Foam and Composite Support Surfaces – What you need to know about EMP
On Nov 8, 2018 EMP sponsored a webinar providing information about how to prescribe an EMP support surface. You can download a copy of the slide presentation here. – Foam and Composite Support Surfaces – EMP
Here is a link where you can watch the presentation – https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/4812240632545739011
Quick Guide to Key Parameters – Help in Selecting the Right EMP Product
You can get copy of the Intermediate Mattress Selection Guide here – LTC-Intermediate-Mattresses-2018-08-16
You can Get a copy of the Premium Care Mattress Selection Guide here – LTC-Premium-Mattresses-17-April 2017
When choosing one of our specialty mattresses or an EMP wheelchair cushion, EMP has developed several ‘Selection Guides’ that can be found under the mattress drop-down menu and wheelchair cushion drop-down menu. These guides show individual components found in each product and also provide side-by-side comparisons facilitating an optimum choice matching individual client need.
In addition to commentary relating to each product, EMP has developed a series of ‘gauges’ to help in comparing product characteristics.
This gauge illustrates the foam’s ability to draw heat away from the body, or to hold the body’s heat close to its source, and therefore affect one’s temperature while sleeping. The higher the gauge reads, the cooler your body’s environment will stay through the night.
As comfort is individual from client to client, EMP provides a variety of different foams for the sleep surface. This gauge is a direct reading of how firm, or soft, the sleep surface will be. The higher the reading on the gauge, the firmer the sleep surface.
This gauge illustrates how much of the patient’s total body weight is redistributed through the foam, thus alleviating pressure points. The higher the reading on this gauge indicates that the weight placed on this foam is spread out over a larger area, thus decreasing the overall pressure felt by the body.
Resiliency is a measure of the liveliness qualities of the foam. The higher the foam’s resiliency, the quicker it will return to its original state. Resiliency is also a measure of how much motion the foam will absorb. The higher the resiliency, the less motion will be absorbed by the foam. For example, memory foam returns to its original state very slowly after weight is removed from the foams surface, and it absorbs a lot of movement, therefore it is a low resiliency foam. The higher the reading on this gauge, the more resilient the foam.
The push-back rating represents the foam’s ability to “push-back” against the weight load that is on its surface. This quality directly affects one’s ability to move on each type of foam, as it either helps by pushing away from itself, or it holds to the shape of whatever lays on top of it. The higher the rating on this gauge, the easier it is for a person to move on this foam type.
Non-Allergenic / Antimicrobial
Based on the technology, and ingredients used to manufacture different foams and fabrics, each product maintains a different level of non-allergenic and antimicrobial properties. These properties restrict living microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, protozoan, and dust mites, from entering and living within the product. The higher the reading on this gauge, the more non-allergenic and antimicrobial properties are present.