Frequently Asked Questions
How do I put the enhancer on the bed?
Are the enhancers reusable?
Yes, the enhancers are designed for multi-patient use. Both sides can be cleaned just as a mattress is and reused. However, if an enhancer becomes too soiled to thoroughly clean at any time, please discard according to facility policy and procedure and replace with a new enhancer.
How do I position my patient on the enhancer?
What is the easiest method for deflating the side pillows?
What do I do when the controller alarms?
The alert will consist of an auditory chime, red status lights, and a red banner message across the top of the enter patient weight screen. The only way to dismiss this alarm is to select the patient weight. This alarm will activate if the patient data is not entered within 5 minutes after the screen appears. Therapy will automatically start with a default patient weight selection at this time; however, it is vital to select the correct patient weight in order for the patient to receive the appropriate therapy.
Place patient properly on the bed enhancer: check to ensure that the patient is positioned correctly on the enhancer, with his/her sacrum centered on the sacral target, using the visual on the screen as a guide
Place patient properly on the procedure table, seat, or wheelchair enhancer: check to ensure that the patient is positioned correctly on the enhancer, with his/her sacrum centered on the sacral target
Initial problem detected: disconnect and reconnect the enhancer, confirming it is latched, using the visual on the screen as a guide
Persisting problem detected: a leak has occured in a component-- replace the controller first, and if the problem continues, replace the enhancer
Pinched tubing: check for pinched tubing, starting from the enhancer and proceeding to the controller
Low battery: plug the controller into AC power as soon as possible
Battery depleted / terminal battery shutdown: plug the controller into AC power immediately to avoid interruption in therapy
Do I still need to turn my patient who is using the Guardian System?
Yes. While the TurnCare Guardian System has been effective for certain patients who are too unstable to turn, it has not yet been studied in a large-scale clinical trial to investigate its effectiveness with less frequent repositioning. The TurnCare Guardian System is recommended as a therapy in addition to the standard of care, including Q2 repositioning, and not as a replacement to the standard of care.
Will I be able to perform CPR on my patient who is using the Guardian System?
Yes, CPR can be safely performed while the Guardian System is set up on the patient bed. It is recommended that the side pillows be deflated. Turn the side pillows off using the controller touch screen and apply pressure to the side pillows to facilitate deflation. The controller can be paused and the enhancer can be disconnected from the controller to deflate the middle portion of the enhancer if preffered, however it is not necessary. A CPR board can be placed on top of the of the enhancer.
How do I transfer my patient out of bed with the Guardian System?
How do I transfer my patient to and from the stretcher with the Guardian System?
Does the enhancer have a weight limit?
Yes. The Guardian System is not for use with patients exceeding 250 kilograms or 550 pounds.
How is the Guardian System cleaned?
Standard bed mattress cleaner is safe to use to clean the enhancer and the connector. It is also safe to use hospital-approved disinfectants.
How often should my patient be using the Guardian System?
If the patient is identified as a candidate for the Guardian System, he/she should use the Guardian System at all times unless it is interfering with safety or unless the patient develops a contraindication. The Guardian System should be used both in the bed and in the hospital chair or wheelchair. It is recommended that the Guardian System be sent with the patient to off-unit procedures longer than 2 hours (excluding MRI). For surgical procedures, appropriateness of use will depend on procedure specifics and patient positioning. Always consult with the surgeon for approval.
Is the enhancer surface reversible?
No, the enhancer surface is not reversible. The enhancer should be applied with the non-slip backing against the underlying surface.
Should the enhancer surface be covered with a sheet?
Yes, the enhancer surface should be covered by a sheet while in patient use.
What is the recommendation for sheet and incontinence pad usage with the enhancer?
The recommendation for sheet and incontinence pad usage is to utilize the least possible layers between the enhancer surface and the patient.
Is the enhancer latex free?
Yes, the enhancer surface is latex free.
Can I prone my patient on the Guardian System?
Patients can be placed in the prone position while using the Guardian System. First, ensure the enhancer is positioned properly on the hospital bed. Press “Pause” on the controller, allowing the enhancer to deflate. Then, place your patient in the prone position, following organizational policies. Press resume to re-start Guardian therapy, but leave the side pillows “off” while patient is lying prone to avoid malpositioning of the upper extremity.