|10-21-2002, 07:48 AM||#1|
cushioned with air
By WARREN HASTINGS
CONCORD - People confined to wheelchairs and beds, forced to sit for extended periods, may find significant relief in a line of ErgoDynamic products being produced by a Concord firm.
Ergo Air Inc. has developed a therapeutic seating system to relieve suffering from pressure ulcers or other problems associated with reduced blood flow as a result of long-term bed or wheelchair confinement.
The ErgoDynamic seating system (EDS) and the ErgoMat EM8000 Bed System, according to company president and CEO Peter Linley, operate by pumped air beneath one's seat that increases blood flow in the pelvis area from 300 to 800 percent, resulting in reduced skin temperatures, dissipation of body vapor and a stretching of soft tissue, muscles and ligaments.
A prominent backer of the concepts developed by Ergo Air is Dr. Steven Kirschblum, director of spinal cord injury research at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J., where actor Christopher Reeve received treatment after his horse riding accident left him a quadriplegic, Linley said.
Rehabilitative care institutions supporting the company's concepts and products include the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, and others, Linley said.
The ErgoMat bed system goes for about $4,200 to $,9,995, rents at about $28 to $38 a day, and is partially Medicare reimbursable. ErgoDynamic seating products cost from $3,950 to $9,995, with daily rentals at about $15 to $29.
Linley said the company also is developing two support surface beds for the care of acute and chronically obese people, Linley said. Ergo Air has partnered with a leading bed frame company to launch that new therapy support device. There are about 20 million chronic obese patients in the United States with about 2 million in a critical acute stage, Linley said.
Linley said one use of the new system is for when doctors perform surgery to reduce food intake, hospitals need the Ergo Air solution to reduce secondary, post surgical complications.
Ergo Air is situated in The Concord Center on Ferry Street, and is affiliated with Ergo Air Southern California in Monrovia, Calif.
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|11-28-2007, 05:05 PM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2007
I own one of these cushions. It is not worth anywhere near what they charge. It weighs 11 lbs and the pump box is very large. The hoses are too long and thick. There is only 1 pad size and the pad is a joke. A plastic bad over a piece of foam as a base and a 2 piece fabric bladder. The pad gets as hard as a rock when it inflates. The battery is a super cheap lead acid brick. It is loud when it pumps.
I think this is a far cry from high tech and worth only a couple hundred bucks at best. The company does not return phone calls and it appears they are out of business.