Hello all you hard working Pressure Injury soldiers! Do you have questions about The BackBone™ ?
You’ve come to the right place!
Below is everything you ever wanted to know about The BackBone™ Positioning Wedge cushion but were afraid to ask.
1. What is The BackBone™ positioning wedge?
The BackBone™ is a “Turning cushion”. It has a 30 degree angled wedge shape designed to support your person on his/her side in a “turned” position while laying in bed.
2. Why does my person need to be supported at 30 degrees on his/her side while laying in bed?
We say 30 degree’s to the side because that is far enough to be off the lower back, but not too far as to be on the side hip. Since there is less tissue between the skin and the pointy bones of the sacrum and trochanter areas, these spots are much more vulnerable to pressure injury. So we should avoid resting on these spots for too long. We need to offload the sacrum and hip. Simply put; he/she needs to lay on the buttocks where there is more muscle and fat and the bones are not so pointy.
(For detailed information about repositioning and pressure ulcer prevention, see our guide ‘Nursing techniques to get the pressure off’ section for a detailed explanation.)
3. Why is The BackBone™ curved like that?
The BackBone™ is the only positioning cushion is curved so that the patent pending “lift tips” can provide lift while conforming to the natural curvature of the back. It makes it possible to support under the scapula and buttocks without touching the sensitive bones of the spinal column, especially the sacrum/coccyx.
4. How do I position the BackBone™ so that it supports my person at 30 degrees to the side without touching the sacral areas?
First, Have your person turn all the way on his/her side for a second.(if your person cannot turn all the way over, see our “How nurses turn patients” section for more detailed instructions)
Next, place the “tips” of the cushion under the shoulderblades (scapula) and buttocks.
Support under buttocks so that cushion curves away to avoid contact with the low back / sacrum.
Now you can have your person roll back comfortably onto The BackBone™.
Notice how she is comfortably on top of the cushion.
The BackBone™ allows her to rest with a gentle tilt, just enough to offload the sacrum without forcing her onto her trochanter!
5. Can I use the BackBone™ cushion to support other body parts?
Yes! The curvatures and bilateral angles make it possible for The BackBone™ to be used as a support many other body parts.
Try it to float the heels, under the head, between the knees, on both sides, under the arms. You can even use it as a your breakfast in bed table. The curvatures of The BackBone™ fit the curvatures of your persons body! CLICK HERE FOR EXAMPLES OF HOW THE BACKBONE CAN BE USED
5. What are the dimensions of The BackBone™ ?
The BackBone™ is 27″ long by 14″ wide. The Back is 5″ thick and the “tips” are 2″ thick. It is a triangle. The back angles are 75 x 75 x 30 degrees.