Air or dry floatation wheelchair cushions

Air floatation wheelchair cushions support the body entirely on air. A typical example is the Roho cushion, designed with a group of small, interconnected rubber balloons arranged in rows. Pressure is balanced by air shifting out to surrounding balloons, spreading pressure evenly against your skin. The whole system is closed so air floatation cushions can't bottom out the way gel wheelchair cushions can.

  • The Roho Airlite Cushion

    The Roho Airlite Cushion

    The Roho Airlite Cushion is designed for clients with tactile sensation and who are low risk for pressure ulcers and has a contoured, anatomical-shaped foam with a pre-set, sealed Air Flotation component, the AirLITE enables users to sit comfortably for an extended time.

One of the better air wheelchair cushions on the market is the Balanced Aire Adjustable Cushion made by Mason Medical Products 8047-16). The Balanced Aire Adjustable Cushion is our Premier Pressure management wheelchair cushion. The Balanced Aire Adjustable Cushion offers you dynamic and aggressive positioning, unmatched stability and a highly advanced level of prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. It has Flexible interconnected, independent 4” air cells which allow for deep immersion into the cushion providing unvarying low pressure and an increased blood supply necessary for healthy tissue maintenance. The cells shift and shape to the seat area providing a low friction, low shear surface.

Roho Quadtro Select Wheelchair CushionRoho Quadtro Select Wheelchair CushionMSCQS1010C
If you have a pressure sore, you can tie off individual balloons to reduce contact under that area, allowing you to spend more time sitting as the sore heals. The Roho Quadtro (link to our site) which allows the user to inflate four quadrants separately for optimal positioning. For individuals who require special positioning of the pelvis or thighs and are at risk of skin breakdown, the ROHO Quadtro High Profile is the wheelchair cushion of choice. The High Profile is recommended for users with asymmetrical postioning and users in tilt or recline systems. The ROHO Quadtro cushion also features the ISOFLO Memory Control that allows for air in place progressive positioning.

Air cushions are relatively lightweight, and are waterproof, allowing for double duty in the bathtub or on a boat.

Crown Therapeutics, maker of the Roho wheelchair cushions, also offers air floatation products for the wheelchair back, supplemental lumbar or sacral support, full bed cushions, and even a product for a standard toilet seat. All are inflatable to adjust to your needs.

A longtime presence in disability magazines has been an ad for the "Bye-Bye Decubiti" cushion. It is inflatable, comes in many different sizes and shapes, is made of heavy duty rubber, and--although different from the Roho balloon design--is uniquely formed to minimize pressure at the bony protrusions on which we sit.

Wheelchair Cushions

Roho High Profile Wheelchair CushionRoho High Profile Wheelchair Cushion RHO1R109C
Air wheelchair cushions can be less stable for those who move around a lot in their chair, but recent designs offer either low profile or high profile like the Roho High Profile cushion (RHO1R109C) With 4 inch cells, the ROHO High Profile Wheelchair Cushion is the wheelchair cushion of choice for individuals who suffer from pressure sores or have a history of tissue breakdown. The soft pliable material and cellular design allow the user to be immersed into the cushion for maximum pressure redistribution. It utilizes a multi-cellular, air-filled design allowing adjustment to the unique contours of the individual user.

The balloons used in air cushions can be punctured, of course, and leaks do occur, although a fairly heavy duty rubber is used. But patching them is easier than with the gel design. The hard part is submerging the cushion under water to find the leak (look for escaping air bubbles).

The biggest drawback to air wheelchair cushions is that they require more maintenance. It is necessary to check the pressure frequently, especially if you have pressure sores.