By the WoundSource Editors
Greenville, SC – June 4, 2015 – Span-America Medical Systems, Inc. has launched The Topper Microenvironment Manager™, an add-on powered mattress cover designed to reduce heat, moisture, shearing, pressure and odor as an aid in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers through stage IV.
The Topper uses the company's patented "Air Diffusion Matrix" technology and a quiet, powerful control unit to create an uninterrupted stream of air beneath the patient/support surface interface.
This positive air flow removes excess heat and moisture within the microclimate to help keep vulnerable skin cool, dry and comfortable.
In standardized laboratory testing, The Topper demonstrated a best-in-class moisture vapor transmission rate of 160g/m2/hour. This is approximately 16 percent more moisture reduction than leading powered covers, and from 48 to 132 percent more than commonly used low air loss surfaces (data on file).
Through evaporative cooling, The Topper's moisture reduction also yields a high capacity for heat reduction – a key to offsetting the elevated tissue metabolism known to increase pressure ulcer risk.
The Topper represents Span-America's entry into the growing category of powered microclimate management covers. The Topper does not require replacement of costly disposable components. Instead, its fluid-resistant, bacteriostatic outer layer can be easily wiped clean and disinfected in place for safe, effective, multi-patient use.
The Topper requires no training or adjustment. It attaches like a fitted sheet to any standard pressure reducing healthcare support surface. Convenient set-up, maintenance and storage make it a cost-effective alternative to therapy surface rentals. Its ultra-low profile provides advantages in safety, comfort and ease of patient transfer.
The Topper is available in three widths to accommodate patients up to 500lb (36" width ), up to 750lb (42" width) or up to 1,000lb (48" width), in accordance with the stated weight rating for the pressure redistributing support surface on which it is placed.
About Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
Span-America manufactures and markets a comprehensive selection of pressure management products, beds, and furniture for the medical market, including the PressureGuard®, Geo-Mattress®, Geo-Matt®, Span+Aids®, Selan® and MC Healthcare brands. The company also supplies custom foam and packaging products to the consumer and industrial markets. Span-America's stock is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market's National Market under the symbol "SPAN."