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TekPad® Pressure Relieving Gel

 


Cushioning that suits its shape to changing circumstances

 

 

HOW DOES TekPad WORK?

Jab it and your finger will bounce off, but gently press and it will slowly sink in, conforming to the size and shape of any object.  Common cushioning materials don't have the same ability to deform and will alsways return to their original shape after use.  TekPad cushions are used in the medical, travel and performance sports industries for maximum comfort, supprt and impact absorption.  Imagine a kayak seat, a car seat or an airplane seat with a TekPad cushion that automatically conforms to each user ensuring maximum comfort for the legs and back and reducing numbness or tingling after prolonged sitting.

Existing Use: Comfort for extreme sports.

 

Existing Use: Comfort for your workout.

 

Existing Use: Comfort for long trips.

TekPad ULTRA-LITE

TekPad®UL™ is an ultra-lightweight, temperature stable and non-toxic composite used in applications where superior cushioning, positioning, comfort and pressure relief is required. A cushion, pad or mattress made from TekPad®UL™ provides all the characteristics of non-powered fluidized therapy, offering maximum patient immersion, interface and contouring without electrical or battery operated machanisms.

NO MEMORY

TekPad®UL™ is engineered with NO memory.  Zero memory allows TekPad® to maintain its original shape or the shape acquired from external pressure points such as bony prominences.  This characteristic helps to reduce surface shear through patient immersion.

FLUID MEDIA

TekPad®UL™ is a fluid media while "foams" are resilient materials.  Fluids displace while "foams" compress.  Compression creates back pressure equal to the external force applied; hence, back pressure equals impeded circulation - equals tissue damage.  TekPad®, because it is a fluid media, displaces or deforms resulting in lower, flatter, peak pressures hence "pressure relief" or "normal" blood flow.  Normal blood flow results in lower incidents of tissue damage.

LIGHTWEIGHT

TekPad®UL™ composites are 55% to 75% lighter than equal volumes of water or plastic gels.  It's light weight makes it an ideal material for mattresses providing significant volume without making them too heavy to maneuver.

TEMPERATURE STABLE

TekPad®UL™ is temperature stable, so it remains soft and easily conforms to shape at low temperatures.  Because of its low specific gravity TekPad® exhibits all the characteristics associated with low thermal mass and does not retain high level of ambient or body heat.  Cushioning devices made with TekPad®UL™ can be used without concern for thermal discomfort, even after exposure to temperatures as low as -20°C or as high as 60°C.

TekPad®UL™ CAN BE ENGINEERED TO FIT SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF TekPad®UL™:

Appearance:
Odor:
PH:
Relative Density:
Stability:
Solubility in Water:

White flowable compound
No particular odor
8 - 10, depending on version
0.18 - 0.45-5 H2O = 1.0 depends on version
Stable -20°C to 60°C
Insoluble

 

HOW DOES TekPad®UL™ COMPARE TO WATER AND VISCO GELS?

TekPad®UL™ WATER GEL VISCO GEL

LIGHTWEIGHT
FREEZES
EFFECT OF HEAT
ABSORBS HEAT
ABSORBS COLD
BACTERIASTAT
NEEDS BARRIER FILM
ENGINEERED FLOW

YES
NO
NONE
NO
NO
NO
NO
YES

NO
YES
FLOWS
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO

NO
NO
SOFTENS
YES
YES
NO
NO
YES

 

HOW LIGHT IS TekPad®UL™?

Compare TekPad®UL™ with the heavier water based and Visco elastic gels which are more than 4 times as heavy.

One pound of TekPad®UL™ fills 4 pint containers

One gallon of TekPad®UL™ weighs 2.08 pounds