Elbowlift Suspension Pad (View the video) protects the sensitive olecranon and olecranon bursa from friction burns and contusions by elevating and cushioning the elbow in smooth foam. Elbowlift helps prevent pressure ulcers, pressure sores, olecranon bursitis, ulnar neuritis, and other skin injuries.
Elbowlift Suspension Pad benefits patients who are bedridden or who spend time in a wheelchair. The bony prominence at the elbow can make this area susceptible to pressure sores, contusions, and friction burns.
In addition to using Elbowlift, the following action items can help protect the olecranon and the olecranon bursa:
- Use a lift sheet, transfer board, or a lifting device when moving patients across any surface
- Remove elbow and heel protectors every eight hours to inspect the skin
- Use transparent adhesive dressings or sprays to provide a protective “second skin”
- Keep bed linens smooth and wrinkle-free and remove foreign objects from the bed (ex. crumbs)
- One size fits all
- Machine washable and dryable
- Adjustable hook-and-loop strap wraps around the outside to keep the pad in place
- Smooth, low-friction backing improves patient movement
- Centre hole allows for patient comfort and acts as a guide for elbow placement
Use of Elbowlift can reduce risk for some of the most common causes of olecranon
- Trauma: Falling on the elbow can cause the bursa to swell.
- Prolonged pressure: Swelling of the bursa can occur if the elbow leans or rests on a hard surface over a several-month period. Use of Elbowlift helps eliminate this kind of pressure.
- Infection: In addition to padding the bursa, Elbowlift, together with skin treatment, can prevent bursa infection caused by cuts or insect bites.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and gout: Patients with these medical conditions are particularly prone to olecranon bursitis.
Elbowlift can also serve patients suffering from ulnar neuritis (cubital tunnel syndrome). Padding the ulnar nerve can provide relief from the aching and tingling associated with this condition.