Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation®
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.
How Dolphin Fluid Immersion Simulation® Works
Patient lays down and the Dolphin FIS calculates the patient's weight.
As patient sinks into the surface, the Dolphin FIS calculates the surface area and provides the correct amount of air density to mimic fluid immersion.
Vascular Occlusion (measurement of blood blocked) is minimized as the Dolphin FIS dynamically reacts to patient's movements.
Clinical Study Results
University of California - San Diego conducted a study, which highlights the effectiveness of the Dolphin FIS improving tissue perfusion vs. standard O.R. Pads.
Maintenance of Normal Tissue Symmetry
CT scan of subject in prone position.
Natural symmetry of the gluteal area, showing distances from the most posterior point of the ischial tuberosities to the skin surface as 91mm and 86mm.
Figure 2: 2-D Surface
CT scan of subject in the supine position on a two-dimensional surface.
Subcutaneous tissue and muscle has compressed and distorted, as well as the lumen diameter of micro-circulation has been reduced, with complete loss of gluteal fold. Distances from the most posterior point of the ischial tuberosities to the skin surface are 75mm and 78mm.
Figure 3: 3-D Surface
CT scan of subject on the three-dimensional Dolphin surface.
Natural symmetry of the gluteal area returns and maximization of the normal lumen diameter of micro-circulation, with restoration of tissue symmetry. Distances from the most posterior point of the ischial tuberosities to the skin surface are now 109mm and 99mm.
- 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.