Research Article

Development of a cushion to prevent ischial pressure sores.

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: (Published 20 October 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:958
  1. P Bowker,
  2. L M Davidson


    A study was carried out jointly by nursing staff and technologists in an attempt to develop a cushion based on scientific principles and measurement that might prevent pressure sores. At each stage in the development clinical trials were carried out, and using the results of these together with the opinions of medical staff and patients who used the cushion the design was suitably modified. Over four years a seat was evolved that was simple to construct and fulfilled the clinical requirements for a wide range of patients while providing maximum relief of high-pressure points. The design was subsequently taken up commercially.