Moving & Handling
What does Symmetrisleep® do?
The system allows a gentle progressive approach to complex problems. Elements can be introduced gradually during the day and night as tolerance builds. Symmetrisleep is the first and only system that has been designed to provide the bio-mechanical rotational forces to improve chest shape where the necessary forces can be gently applied to counteract rotation.
Supported by Symmetrisleep
With the Velcro sheet, pressure relieving Airmantle and stretchy sheet in place, the system is ready and the bed has a flat surface for easy transfer.
When the user is ready, the brackets and pillows that provide support are fitted. The system is quickly built up to support the client rather than having to fit the client to an existing form: carers find that it only takes a moment to get this right and fine adjustments can be made instantly.
Fitting the brackets is easy & intuitive with no fiddling about. Some carers prefer to fit them when the user has fallen asleep. Experience shows that even when away from home, staff quickly take instruction from parents on how to use the system successfully.
Remember- you can use Symmetrisleep by day as well as at night. If only used for 2 hours daily, that’s 730 hours of progressive passive therapy per year. If used for the whole night, that’s about 3000 hours at a time when the body is relaxed & most receptive.
Systems shown without Overmantle and top sheet.
Custom settings charts help carers get it right
Choose a position and add the components as required. Brackets are colour coded and pillows have identification letters.
CoolOver TR3 temperature regulating fabric contains tiny Omnitherm® microcapsules that absorb heat when your temperature rises and gives it back when your temperature falls, helping to maintain a more even temperature for a better nights sleep. Supersoft Coolover TR3 is unique to Symmetrikit and The Helping Hand Company: we have engineered this latest generation of active temperature regulating fabric to offer increased cooling capacity, enhanced microclimate management, higher wash temperature and easier drying.
Pressure sore prevention clinical guidelines: 2014 International Pressure Sore advisory guidelines 1
Recommend that consideration be given to the control of moisture and temperature when selecting a support surface and covers.
Knitting our hydrophobic yarn with a progressively dense knit from inside to out helps to drive moisture away from the skin and disperse it across the outer surface of the fabric. This superior wicking keeps the skin drier while enhancing evaporative cooling of the fabric so cooling the Omnitherm Microcapsules which in turn can absorb more body heat.
Not only is Coolover available for sheets and covers, it is now used as the standard liner in our soft knee blocks and the facing of our bracket pads as well as in our Airmantle.
within the threads of the fabric - Graphic representation
Variable density knit draws moisture to the outer surface - Graphic representation
1National Pressure Advisory Panel, European Pressure Advisory Panel And Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.). Cambridge Media: Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.
with CoolOver TR3®
It offers a temperature regulating alternative to hollow fibre wadding or foams which can have exactly the opposite effect.
During the night, we regularly rearrange our bedclothes to help maintain a constant body temperature. Airmantle helps those who cannot make these adjustments for themselves; it puts a layer of air around the user allowing perspiration to evaporate so helping to maintain temperature and improve microclimate.
Use it ‘Coolover’ side up for temperature regulation and better air movement. The base is waterproof, so the mattress beneath is protected. If heavy spillage is likely, use it with the waterproof side uppermost underneath a separate Coolover sheet. Airmantles are also available with a completely wipe-able, waterproof cover and waterproof welded seams.
If you don’t want to position a head or neck pillow under the Airmantle, but still want the free movement of air, Safetysleep pillows have their own Airmantle type cover. These also provide drainage, protecting the skin from any pooling of saliva.
Pressure relief: these are typical results- Without the Airmantle, the results are good, with an average pressure when the appropriate cells are deflated of just under 10mmHg with a peak pressure of 58 mmHG. With a Lowzone overmantle in place the peak was reduced to 27mmHg and the average to 6mm Hg. With an Airmantle in place, we see even better results. See www.symmetrikit.com/sleep tech (technical- pressure mapping results x 2 for more details).
Pressure sore prevention clinical guidelines: 2014 International Pressure Sore advisory guidelines1 recommend that amongst other things, consideration be given to Shear & Friction, Microclimate & Temperature and Off-loading & Turning. Symmetrisleep can help with all of these.
Shear & Friction: Shear forces are recognised as contributing to tissue breakdown. Symmetrisleep holds you in position and can be used to counter shear forces such as those encountered when sitting up in bed. By maintaining the position, the need to constantly reposition is reduced along with the risk of friction damage.
Microclimate & Temperature: Elevated skin temperature is seen to increase the risk of pressure sores. Skin is also seen to be weaker when wet. Symmetrisleep’s active thermal regulation helps to maintain a more normal skin temperature and class leading wicking helps to keep you dry. Reduction of contracture helps with skin care routines.
Off-loading & Turning: Symmetrisleep can be used to off-load damaged or “at risk” areas, such as the sacrum, bony prominences, heels and shoulder blades. Symmetrisleep delivers sustainable positioning: the support elements stay in place preventing users rolling back onto the off-loaded tissue. Turning is made easier
with our all in one Symmslyde turning and positioning option
1National Pressure Advisory Panel, European Pressure Advisory Panel And Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers:Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.). Cambridge Media:Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.
Pressure reading with FSA monitor under hips in supine. Decu 3 alternating mattress.
The NEW Symmetrisleep ‘wipedown’ option meets all NHS Infection Control Guidelines.
Designed for easy cleaning when used on a ward or rehabilitation unit, welded’ PU cushions,
pads and overmantles prevent any fluid ingress.
Covers, sheets and velcro can all be laundered at 75°C - HIGHER THAN NHS Standard Infection Control recommendations and can also be tumble dried on a low heat.
While a wash-in additive will very often provide more than satisfactory performance and resistance, some applications inevitably demand a little more. Which is why our fabrics now have SteriTouch antimicrobial protection to keep your system fresher.
A silver-based additive is extruded into the filaments, ensuring even dispersal; the resultant antimicrobial properties remain unaffected by laundering or wear and tear.
Not only does the addition of Steritouch provide excellent, long term protection against bacteria and mould, they also significantly reduce unpleasant odours, meaning the fabrics remain fresher for longer.
The person centred, sleep system assessment kit
Each size set has interchangeable components that model your custom Cosy. Just choose your modules to get the right size and abduction angle and zip them together.
Add Temperature regulating Coolover™ liners for maximum comfort. Rather than struggling with a complex cover, these can be easily removed for washing and different thicknesses of liner can be used to adjust the fit - right now or at any time in the future.
This finished Custom Knee Cosy Monoblok™ was created from the modular assessment kit profile above.
If you want support in supine, add the stabiliser blocks or if you want to use a range of positions, choose the rolling knee block configuration.
Once you have decided on the right modules, just by taking a note of the individual components and the order of assembly, we can configure the finished unit and our CNC cutting machine will cut the pattern for a 1-piece waterproof cover prior to final assembly as a 1 piece Monoblok™.
Modular or Monoblok™? If you want simplicity and easy cleaning a custom built Monoblok™ Knee Cosy is the one to go for. However, if you feel that needs will be changing, then you might consider using the modular elements until ready for the Monoblok™.
Modular Knee Cosy
2We require that you have had an assessment from one of our team members and notify us within 2 weeks of installation. Other statutory rights still apply.Symmetrisleep must only be used in accordance with an agreed prescription. Symmetrisleep complies with BS5852 (parts 1 & 2) ignition source 5 and Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. Covers comply with BS7175 (section 3) ignition source 0, 1 and 5.UK & foreign patents applied for and pending. Due to continuous development, we reserve the right to change specification without notice. E&O.E