As innovation continues to shape our world, scientists and designers routinely turn to the grandeur of nature for inspiration. In this regard, biomimicry, applying lessons learned from nature's remarkable designs and processes, has become an influential aspect of diverse fields, including Phil-e-slide.
Understanding the biomimicry principles that underpin Phil-e-slide's products is crucial to understand how they contribute to tissue preservation and patient care.
Biomimicry: Learning from Nature's Designs
Biomimicry is much more than imitation. It's about discovering and interpreting nature's adaptations, studying the inherent principles, structures, and mechanisms that make them possible. In doing so, it taps into the wisdom accumulated by nature over countless years of evolution, empowering Phil-e-Slide to devise solutions that are effective, sustainable, and in sync with the natural world.
Harnessing Natural Systems: Tensional Integrity and Biotensegrity
Phil-e-Slide's biomimicry approach centres around understanding the human body's natural systems for tissue protection and movement. By observing how the human body minimises friction, distortion, and harm, in and on tissue, Phil-e-slide has developed a range of products that work in harmony with these natural mechanisms.
One key principle harnessed by Phil-e-slide’s biomimicry approach is tensional integrity, or biotensegrity, a structural concept where elements are under tension and compression collaborate to form a stable and balanced structure connecting and reinforcing the body’s mechanical structure from the level of cells up to the entire body.
Surpassing the biotensegrity force handling capacity-the tissue threshold, causes all kinds of trauma due to cell and tissue deformation. This is prevented by the body's fascia, the connective layer that invaginates, surrounds and supports muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs where it protects the biotensegrity of cells and tissues by “sliding” away excess forces over strong collagen structures to other parts of the body in a synergetic manner.
Mimicking this principle, Phil-e-Slide's products provide an optimal interface between the patient's body and the resting surface. Their synergetic systems, provide the “sliding force away” principle by its sliding, strong layers, protecting the skin and deeper tissues from surpassing their tissue threshold. This is how Phil-e-Slide ensures that tissue integrity is maintained during patient movement and positioning. Moving instead of breaking. (damaging?)
Utilising Gravity and Antimicrobial Properties
The synergetic system also utilises gravity to support, reposition, and stabilise patients in a controlled and gentle manner whilst avoiding the gravity related risk of tissue loading, distortion, and cell damage during handling patients, thereby protecting the tissue threshold. Using not fighting gravity.
Phil-e-Slide also draws inspiration from nature's innate antimicrobial mechanisms of the skin twofold. By being hydrophobic like your skin, it can be easily kept clean by wiping it and thus removing fungi, bacteria and the material they grow in. Secondly, by incorporating pure silver in the product range. The natural antimicrobial properties of pure silver reduce the number of remaining bacteria and thus lowers the potential for infections and cross-contamination, adding an extra layer of protection and promoting a sanitary environment for patients. Preventing before solving infection.
Transforming Inbed Care Through Biomimicry
It is easy to understand how, by understanding and applying lessons from nature, Phil-e-Slide is significantly transforming in-bed care.
Applying science, the biomimicry-informed approach, prioritising patient safety and welfare, is a testament to Phil-e-Slide strides in tissue preservation, and in a broader sense, paves the way for the future of in-bed care.
Here, Phil-e-Slide showcases three examples of the power of biomimicry in harnessing and translating nature's wisdom to create effective and sustainable solutions in healthcare. By moving instead of breaking tissue; by using and not fighting gravity and by preventing before solving infection.
In conclusion, by studying and understanding nature's ingenious designs, Phil-e-Slide has unlocked unseen secrets of tissue protection and patient care.
Keep in mind these are just three examples of the science behind Phil-e-Slide. Due to its focus on conservation, the products not only prevent tissue damage by conserving tissue integrity, they also conserve patient mobility, comfort, independence, and overall well-being.