Jewell Nursing Solutions is a company dedicated to the prevention of injuries associated with immobility. Our mission is to pioneer effective innovations for bedside patient care. We design ergonomic pressure reduction support equipment and train caregivers on positioning & lift best practices for safe patient handling.
Our no-nonsense approach stems from the principal that removing pressure is the cornerstone of any good pressure ulcer prevention protocol. And that nurses, as the architects and technicians of safe patient handling, need the best available tools and practical techniques to accomplish care without harm.
We believe it is possible to achieve zero pressure ulcer incidence. We also believe it is possible to accomplish safe patient handling without caregiver ergonomic injury.
With a sensible strategy, we can save lives and save money at the same time!
“Thank you Jewell Nursing Solutions! Before the BackBone, my mom could not turn because she was too uncomfortable on her side. But she feels comfortable with the BackBone because its a gentle turn and she feels supported” – Francis Vann, Texas
“Light & handy, easy to place, works well, patients love it. What more could I ask for?”
– Micoy Baile, Medical Surgical RN, BSN
“Trust me, if my ICU nurses say its great, it’s great. These nurses tell the truth” – Julia LeRoux, RN, CWS, AGCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist.
“Thank you, that’s much better” – A patient
The Problem with Conventional Wedges
Really when you think about it, if you have to support a supine person just so, far enough to lift him off his sacrum but not so far as to be on his trochanter, then a foam wedge is the most logical choice. You can cut foam to exact specifications and it can be soft yet able to maintain form under weight.
But I’m jealous of conventional wedges. They claim to support a person in a 30 degree turned position. But nobody holds them accountable when they slip out of place, feel hard and uncomfortable to the patient, or provide only partial support across the back, causing high pressure contact points in some spots while being devoid of support across other areas. I think a conventional wedge’s worst insubordination is when it actually places direct pressure on the sacrum, while turning the person so far over that he has pressure on his greater trochanter. Most wedges are trying their best, I know. And I wouldn’t say that wedges completely fail to do their job, but none of them complete all their assignments. Until The BackBone™ came along. I am holding the BackBone™ to a higher standard. I expect The BackBone™ to remove all pressure from the sacrum without turning the person onto her trochanter. I demand even, ergonomically correct and comfortable support across the entire back and hips. I require it to stay in place, even with head of bed elevation. What’s more, it must be antimicrobial, skin friendly, re-useable and easy & handy for the caregiver to use. And I would rather work with The BackBone™ because it can do other tasks for me too, like floating the heals without occluding the popletal artery, supporting the person’s head at just the right angle for breathing and eating, and fitting between the legs of a side-lying person to support her hips and prevent bone-to-bone contact pressure between the knees. The BackBone™ is even willing to protect the feet from the bedrail and linens! Hire the BackBone™ to do the job because the BackBone™ is the only wedge that can do the whole job!
Our Featured Product
- Supports 30 degree turned position per National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel recommendation.
- Contoured to avoid direct contact with Sacral/Coccyx area.
- The only turning wedge available with patent pending symmetrically angled no-slip design.
- Ergonomically correct support under back and hips to prevent spinal twisting.
- Manufactured with a high efficiency pressure distribution layered foam.
- Hospital-grade antimicrobial.
- Waterproof and skin-safe cover. Clean with any disinfectant solution.
- Multi-patient use. Cost effective and eco-friendly.
Stay comfortable and off pressure points – mitigate pressure ulcer risk
Convenient to use and long lasting – save time and conserve labor
Re-usable, economic and more effective – save $$$, less headaches
Unlocking the secrets to solve the problem
Once you understand the problem, the solution can be so obvious! The patented BackBone turning wedge ™ represents an evolution of how form follows function.
Turns out, when I began to understand why wedges slip out of place, it was clear what changes need to be made to make one work well. First of all, in our zeal to get a 30 degree angle, wedges have lost sight of the real goal. That is to remove pressure from the sacrum without placing pressure on the greater trochanter. The flat surface of a straight wedge cut to 30 degrees is too steep to support a person at that angle because a persons’ back is not flat. Especially as we get older, our spines tend curve out, and when we turn to the side in bed we tend to curl our backs. So when you place a 30 degree angled wedge against a rounded back, not only is it impossible to get the wedge all the way under the person, but you will actually turn the person greater than 30 degrees and closer to her trochanter. This is why they slip out of place all the time too. When the wedge is to the side, the persons body weight puts a constant lateral force to the wedge, pushing it away. Wedges fitted with a “no slip” surface are great at sticking to the bed sheet, but if the bed sheet cannot stick to the mattress, the wedge only takes the sheet with it.
Another thing I noticed in my nursing practice was that, if a person possibly can, he will always do one of two things when supported by a conventional wedge. 1. He will shift his hips to make himself flat on the bed again, or 2. He will roll all the way onto his side. He does this because laying at a half way, 30 degree angle is like trying to sit half way down. If you are not well supported under the direction your body is heading, your body will feel like it needs to keep going to get to a natural position. Since a conventional wedge supports to the side, the person feels like his back is not supported, so he shifts to a more supported, natural position.
The secret to an effective wedge is that it must fit under a person and across her entire back and hips! A wedge under a person will achieve lift, support and the person’s body weight will push downward and hold it in place. The only caveat is that it must support without touching the sacrum.
The secret to the BackBone’s success is in its unique, bilateral angling and contour design. Since the wedge is cut to the lifting angle on two sides rather than just one, it is possible to get the wedge all the way under a person’s back. The person rests on top of the cushion with an even, gentle lift so they feel well supported and wedge is pinned in place. The contouring shape conforms to the natural “curl” of a person’s back while supporting the hips to achieve a form fitting, ergonomically correct position, even when he is in a semi-fowler position. Pressure reduction is efficient because the BackBone will support while curving away from the sensitive bony prominences of the spine, especially the sacrum.
The BackBone Turning Wedge is a patent pending design because it is the only wedge design that can live up to all the challenges a wedge faces! Once you try the BackBone Turning Wedge ™ you will see why I say the BackBone is the best turning wedge in the world!