I was wondering if anyone has found a way to show edema on the manikins lower extremities. I have tried to use shoe insoles. They are perfect to show what pitting edema looks like, but when I apply it to the manikin, it does not look real. I put a stocking over it, but it takes away the effect of the edema. Any suggestions? Darlene Rogers
I have never tried this, but..... some suggest to wrap extremity with ace wrap (you can spray/mist w/ water if desired). You could always put hose over ace wrap if desired.
I have had luck using different thicknesses of "Memory Foam" wrapped in ace wrap or coban. Hope this helps
Memory foam is what the Tepurpedic mattresses are made of. You can find it in all sorts of things anymore (pillows, house slippers, etc.) The great thing is that is can be indented, and it will retain the indentation for a few seconds, just as real edema does. The trick is to not wrap it too tight so that it still indents when pressed. Here are some links I found for memory foam:
Here is an auction for some memory foam products:
AAs you can see, it is pretty cheap stuff, and great for edema
Thanks so much! I will look into this.
Thanks for the suggestion of memory foam to show edema. We are beginning with orthopedic and CHF simulations first so this will come in handy.
Druci Williams, MSN, RN (Odessa College)
Thanks Nate- great idea!
Concordia University of Wisconsin
Or contact your local upholsterer or mattress factory....I did ours and they send lots over...for free!!!
You can also puchase museum gel and place the amount of gel you need under a tegaderm to allow students to see edema. This is clear and does not take away from the realism of a simulation.
Tim Hardy, BS, LP
The foot will attach to most standard manikins so you can use it in scenarios.