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ROHO Co-Authored Study Finds That Adjustability and Adaptability Are Critical Characteristics of Pediatric Support Surfaces in the Prevention of Pressure Injuries

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ST. LOUIS, April 28, 2016 – A research team, including a director from ROHO Inc., a division of Permobil, recently completed two groundbreaking studies that determined that the adjustability and adaptability of pediatric support surfaces – characteristics of ROHO cushions and mattresses – are critical in the prevention of pressure injuries, which are now referred to as “pressure injuries” by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. This work represents the first biomechanical analysis of “medical device related pressure injuries” specific to these youngest of patients. The first study was peer-reviewed and published in 2015 in Advances in Wound Care, followed by the publication of additional analysis in 2016 in the Journal of Tissue Viability. The research was financed in part by a grant from New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC), a non-profit consortium that provides infrastructure, expert consultation to innovators, and execution of technology translation and commercialization of pediatric technologies.

Kara Kopplin, senior director of efficacy research at ROHO, Inc., co-authored the studies with Professor Amit Gefen and his Ph.D. student, Ayelet Levy, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Key findings of this research include:

  • Mattresses that are being used in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units must be able to respond to frequent movements and changing positions, and also be able to effectively adapt and conform around such things as misplaced tubing or wires, which might contact the body, deform soft tissues, and lead to pressure injuries.
  • The medical devices that are often needed for critically ill pediatric and neonatal patients, such as electrodes, wires, and doughnut-shaped headrests, greatly increase the risk of pressure injuries to these delicate patients, especially when used on the back of the head, since their geometry and stiffness can greatly elevate the tissue stresses, further increasing the risk of injury.
  • Air-cell based technology mattresses provide considerably better protection against pressure injuries than regular mattresses in such cases, as the air-cells are able to locally buckle and conform around objects that are stiffer than the pediatric tissues (e.g., wires, tubes, electrodes). This adaptable environment minimizes exposure to tissue deformations.

Each year, the NEPDC partners with parents, clinicians, and advocacy groups to select a significant pediatric medical need and issues a Target Challenge to identify and solicit novel device concepts from academic and clinical institutions, industry, and the general public. In 2014 the Target Challenge called for proposals of novel technologies to reduce, treat, or prevent, pediatric pressure injuries that can result in viable products for clinicians. ROHO was one of two Target Challenge grant recipients in 2014.

“We are excited to work closely with ROHO to rapidly advance their technologies towards commercialization,” said Rick Greenwald, PhD, co-director of NEPDC. “It is critically important to develop and deploy medical devices that reduce the incidence and severity of pediatric pressure ulcers”.

“There was very little previous research on how to prevent tissue injury in newborns, especially those in intensive care. We were honored to receive the NEPDC grant and contribute to the understanding of how these precious patients can be better protected in their care environments,” said Kara Kopplin, senior director of efficacy research at ROHO, Inc.

Read more about this ground-breaking discovery in the March 2015 issue of Advances in Wound Care, “Adjustability and Adaptability Are Critical Characteristics of Pediatric Support Surfaces,” and the 2016 Journal of Tissue Viability, “Device-related Pressure Ulcers from a Biomechanical Perspective.”

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ROHO, a business unit of Permobil, has been committed to enhancing the lives of the physically challenged for over 40 years. ROHO fosters independence for individuals with disabilities through the relentless advancement of shape-fitting, tissue protection solutions, so they may overcome everyday challenges and explore life without compromise.

Founded in Sweden, Permobil has its North American headquarters in Lebanon, Tennessee. Permobil acquired ROHO, the global leader in skin protection and positioning solutions for individuals with disabilities, in April 2015 and TiLite, a leading manufacturer of innovative and customized manual wheelchairs, in May 2014. More information regarding Permobil’s storied history and complete product line may be obtained at www.permobil.com.

“Every disabled person has the right to have his or her handicap compensated as far as possible by aids with the same technical standards as those we all use in our everyday lives”
-Permobil’s founder Dr. Per Uddén 1967

ROHO Co-Authored Study finds that Air-Cell-Based Cushions Counteract the Increased Risk of Pressure Ulcers of Overweight, Diabetic Chronic Sitters

ST. LOUIS, March 3, 2016 – A research team, in partnership with a director from ROHO Inc., a division of Permobil, recently completed a study that determined air-cell-based cushions, such as ROHO cushions, counteract the increased risk of pressure ulcers that comes from obesity and diabetes. The study was peer-reviewed and published in the January 2016 issue of Journal of Ostomy Wound Management.

Kara Kopplin, senior director of efficacy research at ROHO, Inc., co-authored the study with Professor Amit Gefen and his Ph.D. student, Ayelet Levy, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

The team’s previous research explored the biomechanical interactions of the seated body and wheelchair cushion surface, demonstrating the importance of a cushion that is suitably adjustable to immerse and envelop the body. The aim of this study was to evaluate the combined risk factor of obesity and diabetes in patients who are chronic sitters, either in chairs or in wheelchairs.

Among the key findings in the study:

  • As fat mass increased, so did the muscle stresses and strains near the Ischial Tuberosities (ITs, or “sit bones”) along with the skin stresses, in both the non-diabetic and diabetic tissues;
  • When simulated as seated on the air-cell-based cushion, these tissue stresses, even in the most obese simulations with diabetes (“worst-case patients”), were a fraction of the stresses reported in the literature for non-obese, non-diabetic simulated subjects (“best case patients”) seated on foam.

These results demonstrate that even though people who are obese and diabetic have a greatly increased risk of life-threatening pressure ulcers, these risks can be significantly reduced by using an air-cell based cushion, such as ROHO.

“Studies like this are proof that our products are backed by an unmatched level of clinical evidence from leading researchers. Permobil and ROHO are committed to continuing this innovative research in 2016,” said Tom Borcherding, president of ROHO Inc.

Read more about this ground-breaking discovery in the Journal of Ostomy Wound Management:
Levy, A., K. Kopplin, and A. Gefen. “A Computer Modeling Study to Evaluate the Potential Effect of Air Cell-based Cushions on the Tissues of Bariatric and Diabetic Patients.” Ostomy/wound management 62.1 (2016): 22-30.

About Permobil:
ROHO, a business unit of Permobil, has been committed to enhancing the lives of the physically challenged for over 40 years. Founded in Sweden, Permobil has its North American headquarters in Lebanon, Tennessee. Permobil acquired ROHO, the global leader in skin protection and positioning solutions for wheelchair users, in March 2015 and TiLite, a leading manufacturer of innovative and customized manual wheelchairs, in May 2014. More information regarding Permobil’s storied history and complete product line may be obtained at www.permobil.com.

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Media Contact:
Dan Hughes
Director of Marketing
618-277-9173
dan.hughes@permobil.com

ROHO’s Smart Check™ Cushion Wins Award for Product Innovation

Toronto, Ontario, May 18, 2015 – ROHO’s newest product, Smart Check™ has been named a gold winner in the Registrant Choice Harding Award for Product Innovation by the Canadian Seating & Mobility Conference.

ROHO® is the manufacturer of the world renowned DRY FLOATATION® technology, which helps heal and prevent pressure ulcers. The new Smart Check system provides maximum skin and positioning protection, plus it electronically checks and provides real-time feedback on cushion inflation of ROHO cushions. Clinicians can confidently recommend a ROHO Smart Check cushion knowing that clients can easily check to ensure that they remain at the recommended inflation setting.

The Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference is an unparalleled forum where therapists, rehabilitation technologists, equipment suppliers and manufacturers come together to share information and network with colleagues in the field of assistive technologies. The May 2015 Conference held in Toronto, Ontario  marked the 30th year of the conference, where the Best New Product Awards were announced.

Conference attendees voted for the award nominees. ROHO was recognized as a leader in the rapidly changing assistive technologies and awarded for its innovation.

Andy Woodcock, ROHO’s Sales representative across Canada accepted the award for ROHO. Woodcock said, “With Smart Check, our cushion users can now monitor their cushion with the push of a button, giving them the security and independence they deserve. ROHO has always made the best cushions, but Smart Check is innovation that will revolutionize the cushion industry, as well as, make a huge impact on our patient’s lives.”

For more information about ROHO and the Smart Check cushion, please visit: www.roho.com/smartcheck.

About ROHO, Inc.

ROHO is the worldwide leader of seating solutions that prevent and treat pressure ulcers. ROHO’s technology provides skin protection and positioning in a variety of applications: from wheelchair cushions, to therapeutic mattresses, to wheelchair backs and more. ROHO’s products deliver life-changing benefits, offering comfort and protection to people relying on wheelchairs for mobility.  ROHO is the pioneer of air-cell based cushions, and created DRY FLOATATION TECHNOLOGY®, mimicking the pressure-relieving properties of water. With more than 1 million ROHO products in use in more than 80 countries worldwide, clinicians can be confident in prescribing ROHO products. Plus, all ROHO products are backed by an unmatched level of clinical evidence from leading researchers around the world.

For more information, visit www.roho.com or contact customer service at 800-851-3449.

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Media Contact:
Dan Hughes
Director of Marketing –ROHO, Inc.
Dan.Hughes@permobil.com
618-277-9173

ROHO Helps Honor Disabled Veterans with Custom-Designed Cushion Donation

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, November 17, 2014 – During a Veteran’s Day commemoration ceremony at the historic Alamo, 40 wounded service members were honored with the gift of custom-built Segway® transporters.  Of those, four were Ally Chair Adapted Segways outfitted with ROHO® cushions and ROHO® AGILITY™ backrests.  These donations were made possible by Segs4Vets to improve their mobility and independence.Segs4Vets ceremony 4

The honored veterans served in either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty five of the 40 veterans lost limbs during their service. They now carry a permanent reminder of their military service and will for the rest of their lives.

Segs4Vets is ranked as one of America’s best charities by the Independent Charities of America and has received the prestigious Spirit of Hope Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Jerry Kerr, President and Co-Founder of Segs4Vets presented the specially adapted Segways on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at a public ceremony during the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s annual Celebrate America’s Military week.

This year’s presentation is the fourteenth time specially adapted Segways have been presented to recognize veterans. Four of the 2014 recipients received an Ally Chair Adapted Segway. The Ally Chair is a new, universally designed recreational device, which is currently only available through Segs4Vets. The Segs4Vets program transforms the traditional Segway transporter into a seated mobility device for individuals who cannot use prosthetic devices.  Plans are underway to expand the offerings of Ally Chairs utilizing ROHO technologies for eligible veterans.

ROHO_SEGS4VETSThe Ally Chair utilizes ROHO’s seat cushions and AGILITY™ Backrests to provide skin protection, positioning and comfort for the user. ROHO’s unique cellular-air design constantly adjusts to an individual’s body movement and adapts to their changing shape. The adjustment and conformity of the cells accommodate and meet the one-of-a-kind skin integrity needs for each veteran throughout the day. This year alone, ROHO has donated $32,000 in engineering and customer manufactured products in support of Segs4Vets’ mission.

In addition to those who lost limbs, other recipients either sustained spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, developed cancer, or suffered severe orthopedic, neurological and soft tissue damage which makes it difficult or impossible for them to walk without assistance or pain. Studies show the lack of mobility is a greater obstacle to employment than blindness. Many are being treated at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. Military medical centers have incorporated the Segway into rehabilitation since Segs4Vets began awarding the transporters nine years ago.

ABOUT SEGS4VETS

Segs4Vets is a program of Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (DRAFT). The program is dedicated to restoring independence and productivity to severely injured service members as part of DRAFT’s core mission to expand and improve access for all disabled people. Segs4Vets has awarded more than 1,300 Segways since 2005 and plans to continue the program to meet the ongoing needs of the thousands of worthy applicants who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  As a charitable organization, $0.94 of every dollar goes towards providing equipment and services to veterans.

ABOUT ROHO

ROHO is the worldwide leader of seating solutions that prevent and treat pressure ulcers and tissue deformation. ROHO’s technology provides skin protection and positioning in a variety of applications; from wheelchair cushions, to therapeutic mattresses, to wheelchair backs and more.

ROHO’s products deliver life-changing benefits, offering comfort and protection to people relying on wheelchairs for mobility.  ROHO is the pioneer of air-cell based cushions, and created DRY FLOATATION TECHNOLOGY® mimicking the pressure-redistributing properties of water. With over 1 million ROHO products in use in over 80 countries worldwide, clinicians can be confident in prescribing ROHO products.  Plus, all ROHO products are backed by an unmatched level of clinical evidence from leading researchers around the world.

With the increasing focus on patient outcomes and safety, ROHO’s established technology is paramount in treating the over 2.5 million patients suffering pressure ulcers annually and reducing the $11 billion in annual healthcare cost for the treatment of pressure ulcers.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dan Hughes
Director of Marketing –ROHO, Inc.
Dan.Hughes@permobil.com
618-277-9173

Q & A with Jamie Goodwin

Blogging via Facebook.com/Wheelin’ Weightloss

Why did you start blogging?

I started writing and sharing my story to inspire others to lose weight and to have accountability partners in return.

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If you could give your page a permanent hashtag what would it be?

#noexcueshere

Gadget/”trick” you use that makes life in a wheelchair a little easier?

Ask for help. People are always willing to help.

What would your followers be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up on a farm and milked goats until I was 12 years old.

Finish these sentences:

I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me ten years ago that…. I would be the mom of 3 boys and a pastor’s wife!

In the next 10 years I really hope… To have reached my goal weight (45 more pounds to go) and to have written a book.

If no one read my blog/posts I would… keep posting! Seeing my progress and setbacks always help when you are on a weight loss journey like this.

Visit my blog/page if you….want to be inspired to lose weight and get healthy!

I get happy when I… go camping with my husband and 3 boys!

ROHO Elite Interview: John McRoberts

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Meet John McRoberts, a medal-winning Paralympic Sailor for Canada.  John splits time between Victoria, British Columbia and St. Petersburg, FL.  Always an active person, John participated in everything from wheelchair rugby to racing before finally settling on sailing. To John sailing has longevity, “Other sports have a shelf life because of your age. Sailing can be done until the day I die.”

Disability or Age Doesn’t Matter

Unlike other sports that require being able to move a wheelchair around aggressively or upper-body strength, John points out that with sailing disability or age doesn’t matter, it’s mentality. “The beauty of sailing is that you can compete with a high level disability. Anybody can do this. [On the water] it’s about being faster and smarter – it doesn’t matter about the chair. I get to leave my chair behind. It’s really good mentally to be free from it, you know?”

Training

As part of John’s training he spends time both on the water and in the gym. Four days a week he spends 3 hours on the water practicing. At the gym John is stretching and working with a trainer on machines.

Paralympic Sports

We asked John if he weren’t sailing, what Paralympic sport would he want to compete in? “Rugby. I played when I was younger but since then the chairs have evolved; the whole sport has evolved. Rugby is the ticket everyone wants at the games.”

Security is Peace of Mind

John is equipped with a ROHO cushion both in his chair and on his boat. “You can be as talented and adventurous as you want but if your health isn’t good you can’t do anything. Sitting on a ROHO is a huge peace of mind. I know I’m going to be fine. It allows me to check off one of those precautionary things that I have to worry about each day. It’s my security blanket. “

The Future

After meeting his wife Jackie sailing, they got married in 2010.  Jackie also enjoys staying active and is John’s sailing partner.  Together they are committed to going to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Best of luck!

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