The Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation® system was initially developed for out-of-water transport of dolphins and seals for the U.S. Navy. The system simulates the effects of a body floating in a fluid, significantly reducing vertical shear, which deforms soft tissue and constricts blood flow. Through continuous analysis and adjustment, Dolphin FIS autonomically detects and autocorrects the surface based on weight, 3D surface area and any patient movement.
- Spinal Cord Injury
- The Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation system is recommended for use by patients with spinal cord injury. Advice should be obtained from the appropriate physician before using the Dolphin FIS system for these patients.
- Pressure Redistribution
- Pressure Ulcers
- Pain Management
There is a Dolphin FIS product to fit virtually every bed frame and surface in your hospital:
- Standard ICU and Med/Surg beds
- V-Matt for the VersaCare® bed frame
- OR pad
- Stretcher pad
- Wheel chair pad
Clinical Evidence to Support Dolphin's Effectiveness
Effectiveness of the Dolphin FIS as a Tool to Improve Tissue Perfusion in Points of Compression
- Division of Plastic Surgery, University of California - San Diego, San Diego, CA
- Findings: The Dolphin FIS provided statistically significant improvements of tissue blood flow as compared to standard beds and gurneys.
Safeguarding Against Nursing Never Events: Best Practices for Preventing Pressure Ulcers and Patient Falls
- The Advisory Board Company found that the Dolphin FIS reduced nosocomial pressure ulcers from 11%-0%2.
- Recommendations: Fluid Immersion Simulation® recommended for consideration by hospitals treating significant population of spinal cord injury patients or other patient populations with multiple system breakdowns. The Dolphin FIS was rated 5 out of 5 stars for effectiveness.
- 1Pressure redistribution and pain management are conditions and diagnoses for which the Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation System may be indicated. Occasionally, there are orthopedic and neurological patients that require body positioning to be maintained in specific alignment. The use of the Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation System for these patients should be considered on an individual basis and discussed with the attending physician.