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Thread: ROHO cushions.....Does anyone know of a cushion that is equivalent to a ROHO?

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    ROHO cushions.....Does anyone know of a cushion that is equivalent to a ROHO?

    I have quadraplegia and have used the ROHO single valve high profile for 20+ years now. It's the only cushion that allows me to sit for 12 hrs.a day.i do pressure reliefs often too. I've had 2 sores that led surgeries now in the last 10 yrs.due to air leakage..I'm slender with boney prominences and only weigh about 160. I'd love to find a gel or foam cushion that relives pressure like the ROHO...anyone know of one that works for them? I'm surprised that ROHO doesn't have some kind of warning alarm or something that alerts the user that they are bottoming out by now as this has happenened to others also. Thanks..

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    Not equivalent, but close (and much easier to maintain - aka none after adjustment): Comfort Company VicAir products (http://www.comfortcompany.com/#vicair). I have a six month old Adjuster, which mapped perfectly last week.

    Disclaimer: I have sensation, am not slender (BMI=30), and have never used a ROHO.

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    I can't admit to being slender myself but I do have an extremely prominent coccyx from which I had one small sore from a brand-new Jay active many years ago. I too have high-level quadriplegia and despite recommendations all over the Carecure website for Roho cushions I detest them. Balance being the main reason but right up there is the problem that you have been having, in that it is hard to judge the correct air level. When leakage occurs it's a very serious problem, hard to detect. As you would know it's not easy to get 2 fingers underneath your backside while sitting on it. Obviously we can't do this ourselves so we are relying on the judgement of others, I prefer to take this out of the equation and have been using Jay2 deep contour cushions for years. I am 28 years post and sit for 12 hours a day or so without pressure releases most days and have no problems. I'm sure there are other good cushions around but this one is working great for me at the moment.

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    Would be really interested to know whether any high quads are using this product (Vicair). Especially if they are unable to do pressure relief during the day. I would like to use a Supracore but I'm pretty sure I would have to do pressure relief during the day.

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    Custom Ride. I sit all day without relieving pressure and not even a red mark on my IT's. My IT's are floating and don't touch the bottom of the cushion. I weigh less than you and have a bony ass. Used roho for years and will never go back. Will never use anything but a Ride. Not only does the Ride relieve pressure but gives me better posture and better airflow.

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    Custom Ride. I sit all day without relieving pressure and not even a red mark on my IT's. My IT's are floating and don't touch the bottom of the cushion. I weigh less than you and have a bony ass. Used roho for years and will never go back. Will never use anything but a Ride. Not only does the Ride relieve pressure but gives me better posture and better airflow.

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    Most cushions do not relieve or eliminate pressure...they just reduce it. That applies to the Roho and similar air-filled cushions as well as foam or cushions such as the Jay or Stimulite. A custom made Ride cushion can be built to eliminate ischial pressure, but it does so by shifting the pressure to other parts of your buttocks and/or thighs. Flap incisions remain vulnerable areas for skin breakdown for a long time after surgery (a year or more) so it is important to work with a seating specialist or trained fabricator who can assess your individual needs and ideally use computerized interface pressure evaluation as part of the seating evaluation and prescription process, and take the position of the incision into account as well as that of the bony promenances.

    (KLD)

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