Frequently asked questions about our products
What is breathability?
Breathability means the hygienic fabric has a function that enables it to let through moisture vapour, but not let through air. The hygienic fabric allows water molecules (vapour) to penetrate but not, for example, water droplets or bacteria, which are far too large to penetrate the fabric.
Our hygiene protection has a breathability of approx. 500-600 g/m2/24 hrs.
Can support wedges be used with the CuroCell?
Yes. Wedges can be placed between the lower mattress and the CuroCell mattress for all CuroCell bed mattress mattresses. They can also be placed between the sheet and the CuroCell mattress.
We recommend use only between the sheet and the mattress for the CuroCell 4.
Can the Optimal 5zon and Optimal Solett BM fibre mattresses be used as underlying bases for the CuroCell mattresses/top mattresses?
No, they do not have a sufficient load-bearing capacity. We recommend a 6 cm underlying mattress, such as the Prima 6. Or placing it directly on top of a standard mattress, or a spring core, depending on whether bed rails will be used or not and how high the overall bed height will be.
The recommended distance from rail to bed is 22 cm.
Must bed rails be used when using the CuroCell?
No, the need for bed rails should always be determined by the supervising member of staff. The need for bed rails should be evaluated and reviewed on a regular basis. Consideration should be paid to risk analysis, height of the bed and height of the mattress.
This does not affect the function of the mattress.
Why are the cubes in the Optimal 5zon and Optimal 5zon BM different sizes?
The mattress is designed with smaller cubes for the shoulders and heels, providing better comfort for the lighter parts of the body and larger cubes below the sacrum, which is the heaviest part of the body. The cubes are flexible in all directions to minimise pressure, shear and friction.
What do I do when the sheet slides around on the mattress?
The mattress cover has a specially-balanced rough/smooth surface. If the material is too rough, you will get ‘stuck’, whereas if it is too smooth, you risk sliding off the mattress. New covers that may seem smooth to begin with become rougher with use.
Sheets that are not wide/long enough can cause some difficulty when tucking in around the mattress, which may cause the mattress to be in an incorrect position. If the mattress is equipped with an Evac cover, the upper handle can be used to ‘fix’ the sheet into place, by simple feeding the sheet through the handle. This also reduces the risk of sliding when, for example, the head of the bed is raised.
For home-use, fitted sheets (with an elasticated edge) are recommended.
Can the CuroCell 4 be used together with a spring core?
No, we do not recommend this. The mattress cannot be attached, which means there is a risk it will slide about. In addition, it will be too high and, as a result, make getting in and out of bed difficult. The mattress should be placed directly onto the bed frame.
Does the Optimal 5zon BM have the same functions as a complete Optimal 5zon?
Yes, as long as the underlying mattress/spring core is OK. It is recommended as a preventative measure and an aid in the treatment of pressure ulcers up to category 2. Patient weight <130 kg.
Is the function of the Optimal 5zon affected during the exchange of quilt covers?
The risk with a quilted cover is that it affects the flexibility of the cubes. With a hygienic cover, there is better flexibility and the cover’s elasticity, together with the shape of the foam, reduces the risk of pressure, shear and friction.
The combination of 5zon/quilt usually works well, but some diagnoses can cause problems, both with or without quilts.
Can you evacuate on/with a CuroCell 4?
The CuroCell 4 has no built-in evacuation function. Whenever using the CuroCell 4 together with evacuation sheets, it is the supervising member of staff who should ensure that evacuation is carried out in a safe manner.
Use of evacuation sheets means you will no longer be able to attach the mattress to the movable parts of the bed, which can cause problems, such as the mattress not remaining still on the bed. If the mattress is attached, problems will arise during a possible evacuation and there is a substantial risk that the patient will be harmed when the system is deflated.
Most modern wards have a so-called sluice; a fire area to which the bed can be taken.
What is the maximum patient weight for the evacuation sheet?
The maximum patient weight for mattresses is the same as the maximum limit for the evacuation sheet.
Can CuroCell pumps be placed on the floor?
We do not recommend placing the pumps on the floor, as this increases the risk of pressure changes. The pumps should be hung up or placed on an even surface.
Can the CuroCell 3 be placed on top of the spring core?
Yes, depending on the bed and height of the spring mattress. Most are no higher than the elasticated edge will reach. The bed may also be designed in such a way that enables the mattress to be attached to parts of the bed.
The person installing the system should ensure that the mattress is in the correct position. Consideration should also be paid to the patient’s mobility; do they need assistance getting in and out of bed? A slip-shield may be required (mat lattice) between the spring core and the CuroCell 3.
Can the foam get wet and/or begin to smell, despite the hygienic cover?
Yes, this may happen in certain circumstances. Foam has the ability to absorb odour and, if this happens, the foam core should be disposed of. The cover should also be checked for microscopic holes.
Can the CuroCell 4 be used in combination with stretch treatment?
We advise against this. The brace may move out of position during the alternation process, putting the patient into an incorrect position and causing them more pain. There is also a substantial risk of the brace damaging the cells.
What are the cell heights of the CuroCell 3 and CuroCell 4?
CC 3, 13 cm
CC 4, 20 cm
Can dynamic mattresses be used for patients with spinal injuries?
Yes, there are no contraindications for using dynamic mattresses. If however this should change, it is the prescribing operator in the ward who should issue these indications.
Can mattresses with pumps be used when the patient is using oxygen?
Yes, there are no restrictions for this. Mattresses with pumps are often used while oxygen is administered, both in hospitals and in other care environments, without implications.
This applies both to oxygen concentrations in the home (90-95% oxygen) and in the hospital (100% pure oxygen).
Can the CuroCell be used for patients with oedema?
Yes, there are no contraindications. As with all of our other mattresses, it should be tested. If the patient has fragile skin and accumulates fluid (oedema) easily, the pressure from the cells can create an increase in sensitivity for the patient. There may be a difference between using a CuroCell 3 and a CuroCell 4, as the CuroCell 4 puts less pressure on the skin and has more cells.
Note! ALL mattresses can, in this situation, cause visible pressure to the patient’s skin.
Should the fixation detail to the davit be attached to the bed?
There is a hole at the front of the fixation detail (accessory). This hole has no function and is not intended for attaching the davit to the bed. It is purely there for production reasons.