Right Stuff© is a collection of products that draws from over a decade of experience, working with Nurses, Physiotherapists Occupational Therapists, posture management specialists, carers and patients who have identified that improving night time positioning and support in bed whilst maintaining a more symmetrical body shape is a key priority. This follows on from our efforts with daytime posture management in the form of supportive, and corrective solutions for wheelchairs and other specialist seating solutions.

Right Stuff© comprises of a number of different size and shape pillows, rolls and supportive cushions that are designed to offer improved support & comfort over and above that which you might achieve using normal pillows, towels etc.  We achieve this by using performance materials that have the following benefits

  • Distribute and reduce pressure
  • Improve general comfort
  • Improve air flow
  • Reduce skin to skin contact
  • Cope with moisture
  • Antibacterial wipe clean surfaces
  • A simple easy to use approach

The importance of simplicity cannot be overstated and is a key factor in the successful acceptance and compliance with any kind of equipment as ease of use has long been acknowledged as a key factor for clients and carers who are more likely to abandon the use of a sleep system that is too demanding or complex despite its technical merits.

The decision to nurse a client predominantly in bed comes with its risks and its rewards.

Bed care in general is an excellent way to reduce some pressure risks, as the principal is to distribute pressure over a larger surface area, i.e. a mattress, but it has risks as well especially if poor posture habits begin to form.  Care in bed can be effective in delivering personal care and it can provide a supportive and more comfortable place to be for the really poorly person or for other reasons such as behavior.

Why do we use need posture care in bed?

For some clients there is a tendency for them to spend longer and longer period in bed, not just at night but in the day as well which can accelerate the risk of significant body shape changes which may already be present as a result of a condition or illness.

We want to Capture the posture we have , Prevent or slow down the deterioration process and Defend or Defeat the poor postures that can easily develop the more immobile or the more time we spend in bed which is where these processes really can take a hold

The reasons for this are many and varied and will depend on the nature of the disability or health condition.   The most basic need is to support that person’s posture in order to preserve a natural or “normal” body shape or sometimes refers to as a “Symetrical” body shape  and to address the following concerns.

  • Long or extended periods in bed can also have an impact on pressure risk
  • Frequent changes of position for pressure relief are necessary
  • Greater risk of respiratory infections or problems for clients who have extended periods of time in bed
  • To promote a symmetrical body shape
  • To prevent muscle wastage
  • To prevent a deterioration or decline in body shape that will impact on general health and wellbeing, respiration, digestion and other natural functions as well as affecting sitting balance and posture
  • To reduce the risk of contracture ( muscles tightening and changing shape)
  • To improve comfort
  • To Improve personal care and maintain skin integrity and skin health.

These types of products are not all that well understood in the wider community but they have been steadily developing over the last 10-15 years and they are now understood a lot better and the benefits are being recognised and acknowledged by health professionals and academics alike.

 

NEW Developments

Thermal Regulation.

We are often asked if using such products can contribute to body temperature and an increase in perspiration.  Just to recap, the Dartex fabric is a multi stretch breathable fabric that is waterproof, the filling is a Crumbed Visco elastic memory foam and as such they do not create heat,  and the body produces more perspiration that we are are usually aware of and as Dartex won't absorb fluid, it remains on the surface and therefore is more visible.  Air circulation is key to reducing moisture and Dartex will facilitate air flow. and in normal conditions the Right Stuff products will feel warm to the touch but will not heat up a client.  In Weather extremes or for clients who have temperature issues we have introduced a cooling mantle using PCM technology. These will be available for the leg aligner and we are working on a mantle for the Double pommel T-Roll. 

Originally developed for NASA, Phase Change Materials (PCM)  absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort.

It is comparable to ice in a drink; as it changes from solid to liquid, it absorbs heat and cools the drink, keeping that drink at the desired temperature for longer, phase change materials work in the same way, but are micro-encapsulated to be permanently enclosed and protected in a polymer shell. This encapsulation process gives us a durable product that can be incorporated into fabrics which then have the capacity to absorb, store and release excess heat and to continually regulate the skin’s microclimate. As the skin gets hot, the heat is absorbed, and as it cools, that heat is released. It is not a wicking technology which manages moisture by reacting      to your sweat and pulling it away from the skin, it is proactive and manages heat while controlling the production of moisture before it begins. This is smart technology. For Right Stuff,  the PCM layer is attached to a Towelling material and used as an outer cover.  By adding the ‘cooling mantle’ over the existing Dartex to a standard product you benefit from the PCM technology as well as the established benefits of Dartex. 

Technical Information

Righ Stuff © manufactured with a combination of materials that are engineered specifically with pressure care in mind. There are two main components which are the foam filling and the outer cover, we use two fillings, depending on the product. Confor® and Comfy foam or CMHR type foam. The covers are made from a special fabric called Dartex®

CONFOR® VISCO-ELASTICFOAM

Developed by NASA under the brand name Confor® foam in the 1980’s, it was then launched into the wider market in the 1990’s, when it was known as CONFOR® visco‐elastic foam.  It is now widely recognised under the name ‘memory foam’ and is primarily used in mattresses and pillows and seating cushions. Today though it must be understood not all ‘memory foams’ in the market perform and deliver the true characteristics of Confor®.

Confor® foams are made from polyurethane with extra chemicals to boost its viscosity and density, the important characteristics. It reacts to human body heat, meaning it can conform to a body’s shape in minutes. After compression, it will consistently recover its shape. What is unique about Confor® foam is its ability and the speed of recovery once the force is removed. This not only provides a superior level of comfort and cushioning, it also provides impact protection and strength, all of which are vital elements in a multitude of products that go far beyond furnishings and bed products. it also provides impact protection and strength, all of which are vital elements in a multitude of products that go far beyond furnishings and bed products.  Our application of this amazing material is to use it in a shredded state, this allows our filling to have an airflow

Dartex®
  • 4-Way stretch,
  • Wipe clean,
  • MVP,
  • FR: Crib5
  • Bio compatibility
  • Fungistatic
  • Waterproof **

** Dartex® is a waterproof material and will repel fluids, however where there are seams there is a risk of fluid ingress through the seam or the breather vents if there is sufficient volume of fluid. 

No product of this kind is completely impervious to fluid ingress and many are significantly less well protected by comparison as there will always be the need to facilitate air flow within the product and as such it needs to breathe, otherwise we end up with a balloon of air that will not achieve the desired results.

Cleaning:

Do not submerge, soak or fully immerse the product , wipe clean only

Superficial dirt may be removed by wiping the cover with a soft cloth, moistened with water containing a neutral detergent. More persistent contamination may be treated by wiping with alcohols or a turpentine substitute, followed by hot water and detergent. Cleaning and disinfection in situ may be carried out on the coating with hand hot water and a neutral detergent or with a sodium Hypochlorite solution (0.1% or 1000 parts per million available chlorine).

abrasive cleaning agents should not be used.

Proprietary disinfectants may be used provided manufacturer instructions are followed. All cleaning agents and disinfectants must be removed and the item dried prior to storage. Some surface wrinkling may result from cleaning, this has no adverse effect on the fabrics properties.

Drying: It is essential that the article is dried after all cleaning procedures and before storage, air drying is best or drying off with a soft cloth to remove surface moisture.

Storage:   Store in a cool dry area, Avoid contact with non clourfast materials.