The primary purpose of the XL Cushion is to reduce the inherent risk of injury to a persons legs during manual support including the risk of injury to the supporting professional team members.
Following research, reports clearly demonstrate that the vast majority of restraint injuries are a direct result of physically supporting a persons legs. This is largely due to the degree of power legs can produce as well as the level of force often applied in order to manually support them; bruises, grazes, friction burns, dislocations, fractures, brakes are all common injuries.
Historically, safer alternatives for physically supporting a persons legs are limited, particularly when they involve more resistive, flexible and stronger legs. Methods involving more than one team member are common, with upwards of 2 – 4 people used in extreme cases.
With regular use of multiple people required on legs we then find that considerations for more restrictive mechanical methods such as leg straps and wraps are common ground and in some cases an ideal solution.
The XL Cushions have been developed alongside multiple physical intervention teams and healthcare sectors across the UK with the primary aim to achieve a safer, dignified control of a persons legs without increasing the restriction applied, therefore reducing the potential force that often leads to injury.
The size of the cushion and construction has been selected based entirely on the common procedural dynamics of a typical leg restraint, making it ideal for staff that are either supporting legs in a seated position or on the ground.
The high density memory foam particles within the cushion allow for constant breathable movement from a persons legs, but in a controlled space. This space does not grow over time as the foam compresses and expands with the movement as and when it occurs.
Staff members are protected by the cushion and can save energy by allowing the cushion to absorb any impact, supporting the cushion on the legs without the need to apply any excessive force. The cushion can be used as part of a single person intervention or as a two person intervention. We have yet to be made aware of any intervention that has required more than two people using the XL Cushion to safely contain legs.
As with the Safety Pod, with regards to operational implementation of the XL Cushion, it is advised to provide appropriate physical intervention training/guidance on how the XL cushions are to be managed by professional teams before , during and after an intervention.