Patient Bathing - Fluids remaining on the controls can cause corrosion, which may cause components to fail,
possibly producing potential hazards to the patient and staff.
Daily Care - Check and replace filters and sheets as often as needed.
Dehydration and Electrolyte Imbalance - Air flowing upward past the patient may cause an increase in
evaporative fluid loss and an increased potential for dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Fluid intake and
output should be carefully monitored and fluid requirements adjusted as necessary.
Pulmonary and Renal Functions - All patients undergoing treatment on unit (or any other stationary
surface), should be turned at least once every two hours to promote normal pulmonary and renal functions.
Skeletal Traction - Patients requiring skeletal traction should be placed on the RotoRest™ Therapy System
or KinAir™ Therapy System.
General Protocol - Follow all applicable safety rules and institution protocols concerning patient and
Temperature - Normal operating temperature is between 88ºF (31ºC) and 92ºF (33ºC). Temperatures below
88ºF (31ºC) diminish support surface fluidization. If the unit senses an excessive Microsphere temperature,
an audible alarm sounds and the unit will automatically deactivate until the Microsphere temperature drops.
The caregiver should consider whether it is necessary to monitor the temperature of the patient at regular
Filter Sheet Condition and Microsphere Containment - The Filter Sheet helps to regulate the fluidizing
air flowing up through the Microshperes and also helps to contain the Microspheres within the tank. The
following procedures should be followed to ensure Microsphere containment:
Do not use Filter Sheet as a draw sheet.
Do not pin or clip items onto Filter Sheet.
Cover sharp edges of X-Ray cassette with a pillowcase or other linen to avoid damaging Filter Sheet.
Inspect Filter Sheet regularly for damage, wear, or any other evidence of unserviceability. Repair or
replace immediately if integrity of Filter Sheet is compromised.
Brakes - Caster brakes should always be locked once the unit is in position. Verify wheels are locked before
any patient transfer to or from the unit.
Microsphere Spills - Microspheres spilled on the floor may be slippery. Any Microspheres on the floor or
other exposed surfaces should be wiped up immediately using a damp mop or cloth.
Fluids - Avoid spilling fluids on unit controls. If spills do occur, unplug unit. Clean fluid from unit, wearing
rubber gloves to avoid any possibility of shock. Once fluid is removed, check operation of components in
area of spill.
Fluids remaining on the electronic controls can cause corrosion, which may cause the
electronic components to fail or operate erratically, possibly producing hazards for
patient and caregivers.
Petroleum-based Topical Medications and Silver Compounds - Prevent petroleum-based topical
medications and silver compounds from entering the Fluidization Tank. These compounds may damage
Microspheres and reduce their fluidization properties.
Side Rails - Whether and how to use Side Rails is a decision that should be based on each patient’s needs
and should be made by the patient and the patient’s family, physician and caregivers, with facility protocols in
mind. Caregivers should assess risks and benefits of rail/restraint use (including entrapment and patient falls
from unit) in conjunction with individual patient needs, and should discuss use or non-use with patient and/
or family. Consider not only the clinical and other needs of the patient but also the risks of fatal or serious
injury from falling out of unit and from patient entrapment in or around the side rails, restraints or other
accessories. For a description of entrapment hazards, vulnerable patient profile and guidance to further
reduce entrapment risks, refer to FDA’s Hospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce
Entrapment and other information referenced at www.kci1.com/products/FDASafetyAlert or www.fda.
gov. Consult a caregiver and carefully consider the use of bolsters, positioning aids, or floor pads especially
with confused, restless or agitated patients. It is recommended that side rails (if used) be locked in the full
upright position when the patient is unattended. Make sure a capable patient knows how to get out of unit
safely (and, if necessary how to release the side rails) in case of fire or other emergency. Monitor patients
frequently to guard against patient entrapment.
Lock-Outs - Lock-Out of fluidization and temperature adjustments should be used at the staff’s discretion to
ensure against unauthorized tampering with settings.
Avoid Strains - Like any other conventional bead unit, the FluidAir™ II and FluidAir™ Elite™ units are heavier
than non-specialized hospital beds. Extra care should be taken during transport to avoid straining. Make sure
assigned staff members are physically capable of maneuvering the unit with ease.
SAFETY INFORMATION (cont.)
Moving Parts - Keep all equipment, loose clothing and hair away from moving parts and pinch points.
Power Cord - Ensure power cord is kept free from all pinch points and moving parts and is not trapped under
casters nor covered with rugs or carpets. Visually inspect the cord for signs of damage or wear. Improper
handling of the power cord can cause damage to the cord, which may possibly product risk of fire or electric
Skin Care - Monitor skin conditions regularly, especially at bony prominences and in areas where incontinence
and drainage occur or collect, and consider adjunct or alternative therapies for high acuity patients. Its is
recommended that skin pressure points be assessed at least every two hours. Early intervention may be
essential to preventing serious skin breakdown.
Home Placement - In view of the heavy weight of conventional bead units, ensure adequacy of home
structures by placing unit only directly atop concrete foundation. Patient weight should not exceed 250 lbs.
Disposal - At the end of useful life, dispose of waste and contaminated Microspheres according to local
requirements or contact the manufacturer.
Maximum Recommended Patient Weight
Weight (without Microspheres)
Weight (with Microspheres)
Weight (with Microspheres, includes 50 lb. (23 kg) Inverter
(113 kg )
88º - 92ºF (31º - 33ºC)
Max. Electrical Leakage
Power Consumption - 780 Watts at 90% fluidization, low cool setting.
60 Hz (50 Hz)
*Specification subject to change without notice.
CAUTION: Federal law (United States) restricts this device to sale or rental by or on the order of a
QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION
For additional information concerning the FluidAir™ II/FluidAir™ Elite™ please contact
your local KCI representative or:
KCI USA, Inc.
San Antonio, Texas 78219 USA
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All Rights Reserved P/N 205461 Rev C.
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This guide is intended solely as a quick reference source and is not intended to be
a comprehensive guide. For more detailed information concerning the proper
use of the FluidAir™ II and FluidAir™ Elite™ units refer to the User Manual. For
medical questions please contact a physician. For additional information, call the
Toll Free number in the Questions and Information section of this guide.
MAIN CONTROL DISPLAY AND SCALE CONTROL DISPLAY PANELS
HOME DISPLAYS ON: FLUIDAIR™ II AND FLUIDAIR™ ELITE™
FLUID TIME TEMP
FLUID TIME TEMP
FLUID TIME TEMP
FLUID TIME TEMP
indicates heater is on
Warms to pre-selected
Fluidizing at target
keypad is locked
Off for CPR
Activates 3º above
Switches to Low Cool 1º
above target temperature
Activates 1º above
Shuts off 1º below
PAUSED, T-29 min
keypad is locked
Defluidizes unit for up
to 30 minutes. Can be
refluidized by pressing
Same function provided
by Hand and Foot Controls
Fluid Adjust = XX
decr incr home
A Decrease Fluidization
B Increase Fluidization
C Return to Home Display
Temp is: XXX F
Adjust C/F home
Display Actual Temperature
A Select Target Temperature Increase/Decrease Display
B Select Centigrade or Fahrenheit Scale
C Return to Home Display
A Reset/View Nurse Timer
B View Patient Timer
C Return to Home Display
MAIN CONTROL PANEL
SCALE CONTROL PANEL (only on FluidAir™ Elite™)
The Scale Control Panel shown below is located in a pull-out enclosure at the foot of the unit.
Press LB/KG to select either Pounds or Kilograms.
XXX . X Lb.
Press PAT WT/WT CHG to view
accumulative weight change since
Press and hold the blank button next to
RESET (for 5 seconds) for set-up screen.
SET-UP XXX . X Lb.
Press blank button
under “START” to return
to Home Display.
The FluidAir™ II and FluidAir™ Elite™ units are designed to provide Air Fluidized Therapy by supporting the
patient on a surface of fluidized Microspheres (or “beads”). A large volume of air is forced upward through
the Microsphere mass causing the beads to behave as a fluid, helping to maintain interface pressures below
capillary closure. A dry patient environment is provided as the conditioned air flows up past the patient
and moisture and contamination pass downward into the Fluidization Tank, away from the patient. The
Microspheres clump, producing dense particles that sink to the bottom of the tank.
The fluidization level of the Microspheres and the temperature of the air flowing upward through the
Microshphere mass can be adjusted to meet individual patient needs, helping to minimize dehydration and
electrolyte imbalance. Fluidization can be temporarily stopped from the Main Control Panel located at the
foot end of the unit, or by using the remote Hand Control or Foot Control. A built-in Scale allows patient
weight change to be monitored without removing the patient from the unit.
Use “RESET” button to view current patient weight
after power is restored to unit. After plugging unit
into a electrical AC outlet, system will prompt user to
wait two minutes for scales to stabilize, then press
“RESET”. Patient weight is displayed.
Loosen and smooth out filter sheet from under patient.
Reposition patient per institution protocol.
Press POWER button on Main Control Panel, or on Foot or Hand Control (if equipped) to turn off
Lower Side Rail.
Begin CPR. No crashboard is required.
The FluidAir™ II and FluidAir™ Elite™ units are indicated for patients who would benefit from advanced
pressure relief and a dry patient environment. Particular classes of such patients include (among others)
patients with the following:
Skin Flaps and Grafts
Pressure Ulcers (especially draining)
Acute Exfoliative Dermatitis
Patients with limited mobility
Aids in pain relief
Reduces risk of Pathological Fractures
The FluidAir™ II and FluidAir™ Elite™ units are contraindicated for the following patient conditions:
Acute or unstable spinal cord injury
RISKS AND PRECAUTIONS
Side Rails and Restraints - Use of restraints, including side rails, can be critical to patient safety. Serious
injury or death can result from the use (potential entrapment) or non-use (potential patient falls) of side
rails or other restraints. See related Safety Information.
Transfer - Precaution should be taken during patient transfer, including locking of caster wheels.
Refer to the Patient Transfer in the Patient Placement and Nursing Care chapters of the User
Shock Hazard - Electrical shock hazard, do not remove cover. Refer to qualified service personnel.
Patient Migration - Specialty surfaces have different shear and support characteristics than conventional
surfaces and may increase the risk of patient movement, sinking and/or migration into hazardous positions
of entrapment and/or inadvertent unit exit. Monitor patients frequently to guard against patient
Exposure to Beads - May cause temporary skin irritation. If exposed, wash the exposed area immediately
with soap and running water. Scrub vigorously with lots of lather. If exposure is to the membranes of the
eye or mouth, flush area with copious amounts of water until sure that the irritant/substance is removed.
See related Safety Information on Filter Sheet Condition and Microspheres.
ENTER WEIGHT XXX . X Lb.
Select blank button
under “INC” and “DEC”
to adjust weight. Press
“RESET” when finished.
Select blank button
under “ENT” to enter
a known weight change.
Select blank button under
“ZERO” to zero scales.
Press blank button under “START”
to return to Home Display.
Care should be taken, especially with restless, agitated or highly mobile patients
to avoid rips and tears in the cover sheets that may lead to exposure of beads.
Monitor patients and cover sheet conditions frequently.
Oxygen Use - DANGER: Risk of explosion if this product’s Hand Control is used in the presence of
flammable anesthetics. Use of this product in an oxygen-enriched environment may produce potential of
fire hazard. This equipment is not suitable for use in the presence of flammable anesthetic mixture with
air or with oxygen or nitrous oxide.