Obviously weight distributions and pressure readings will be slightly higher when the subject is 5’9” and weighs 200 lbs. Testing results will also vary depending upon the type of foam, composite characteristics, pad firmness and thickness, the amount of time spent on the pad and even the room temperature.
So claims of lower pressure readings can be deceiving. Although it's extremely difficult to achieve a 32 mm HG maximum pressure level with an average size person on a very thin 2” thick surgery table pad, new foam technology is bringing us closer to that point.
Some of the newer viscoelastic memory foams including the CONFOR® CF40 Foam product used with our Softcare Pad perform better in conforming to the shape of the human body and distributing pressure over the entire surface. They have been shown to provide much better pressure mapping results compared to those of conventional foams.
CONFOR® foams offer a unique combination of seemingly conflicting properties that are ideal for comfort management and protective padding applications. While they are slow to recover after deflection, they effectively resist compression set. They are ideal for medical and body contact cushioning applications according to the manufacturer’s testing data.
If pressure management is your primary concern, then you might ask how to choose between our moderately priced Softcare/ CONFOR® Memory Foam Pad and the very expensive name brand pads? Although we can sometimes provide references, we have found that most O.R. Directors are reluctant about being used as a reference. They are simply just too busy doing the job they are paid to do. And since we do not pay out "nursing grants or stipends" for someone to do a comparision and give their opinion about our pads, offering good valid references to you, the customer, is a challenge.
Considering all of the variables as detailed above and the fact that there are no independent studies comparing the major types of viscoelastic foams, then you might consider basing your purchasing decision on both the documents and the trust you place in the company. Some people believe they can trust a large company more than a smaller one. But paying top dollar for a table pad with a big company does not necessarily mean you're getting a better pad. It may mean you are just paying more!
Conclusion: Our Softcare CONFOR® Memory Foam Pad is a high quality pad without a big mark-up! We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with 0 complaints. And we have been in business since 1995. Hopefully this documentation has helped you with your decision. Please call us w/ any questions. Page 3 of 3, ©2005 - 2010, SW Med-Source, All Rights Reserved.