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EHOB, Inc.: Innovative Solutions to Prevent Pressure Injuries
James Bui, COO, EHOB, Inc Hospitals across the country have been increasingly successful in addressing and reducing the incidence of hospital-acquired conditions over the last few years. However, the complications associated with pressure injuries have remained a continuous problem for decades. According to AHRQ, more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. develop pressure injuries annually, bringing pain and risk of serious infection. Adding to this issue is the growing number of geriatric patients who are more prone to pressure injuries. Coupled with the nursing shortage, it becomes a challenge for hospitals to cater to this patient population. This significantly diminishes the overall care quality and adversely impacts patient health outcomes while increasing the overall healthcare costs.
As a successful ENT specialist and surgeon, Dr. James G. Spahn, M.D., witnessed these problems firsthand. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, Dr. Spahn decided to create a solution that could help patients reduce their risk of developing pressure injuries and recuperate faster post-surgery.
Working out of his garage, Dr. Spahn developed his idea into fruition—a makeshift, portable hospital bed with a series of air-filled chambers. Users could redistribute pressure by filling the chambers with air. The design of the prototype featured a topper with holes to give patients much-needed comfort. “Rumor has it that Dr. Spahn traced the holes with the beers cans he had in his garage,” says James Bui, Chief Operating Officer of EHOB, Inc.
To test his product, Dr. Spahn started by providing it to his patients. As the word spread, one of his colleagues reached out, saying, “Dr. Spahn, I don’t know if you realize this, but you have designed a product that can redistribute pressure over body prominences to reduce pain.” The phone call strengthened Dr. Spahn’s belief that his invention would help hospitals prevent pressure injuries in their most at-risk patients, and he started concentrating on the toppers. These “overlays” eventually established what would become EHOB, Inc.
Today, EHOB has become one of the industry leaders that specialize solely in pressure injury prevention. Founded on the vision to provide quality and cost-effective products in the pressure injury prevention space, EHOB continues to keep Dr. Spahn’s philosophy at the core of its mission: produce simple, clinically proven, cost-effective solutions that reduce the risk of pressure injuries and improve overall patient care.
The Powerful Solution Stack
Based on the premise that prevention is better than the cost of treatment, EHOB’s products—ranging from support surfaces to turning and repositioning solutions— utilize non-powered, reactive air technology to relieve and redistribute pressure to prevent pressure injuries.
“We are proud of the fact that EHOB offers the leading reactive air product with overlays and cushions,” says Bui.
We are dedicated to keeping patients comfortable throughout the care continuum with our pressure injury prevention solutions
Support surfaces are the first product family in EHOB’s acute care portfolio. “We are dedicated to keeping patients comfortable throughout the care continuum with our pressure injury prevention solutions. Our support surfaces are clinically-proven and designed to redistribute pressure to achieve better patient outcomes,” states Bui. The company provides the WAFFLE Overlay, WAFFLE Econocare Overlay, and WAFFLE Cushion in this category. The WAFFLE Overlay and WAFFLE Econocare Overlay are more than just non-powered reactive air support surfaces. They protect patients in multiple positions throughout the continuum of care, with the added benefit of protecting staff in their everyday tasks with patient turning, repositioning, and lateral patient transfers. The WAFFLE Cushion is also a versatile pressure redistribution solution designed for use in a variety of patient positions to provide protection and comfort in multiple situations.
The second acute care product family is EHOB’s Turning and Repositioning Systems, designed with clinically relevant features that help reduce pressure injuries and the effort required to manually reposition patients. The company’s latest release, the ATR+ Pro Turning, and Repositioning System, is designed to simplify strenuous turning, repositioning, and boosting by allowing simple movements that help reduce staff injury and sacral pressure injuries.
EHOB also offers a robust portfolio of heel protectors, one of which being the TruVue Heel Protector that effectively offloads the heel to protect against the development of pressure injuries. This clinically proven solution features a unique Open Foot Gate, allowing for additional airflow to keep patients cool, dry, and comfortable. Also within the EHOB Heel Protector family is the Foot WAFFLE 500 Series, a high-quality solution that helps improve patient comfort through clinically proven reactive air technology.
Needless to say, EHOB is committed to achieving better patient outcomes, comfort, and satisfaction, by prioritizing pressure injury prevention. “We focus our efforts on how to prevent pressure injuries from happening in the first place,” says Bui.
This provides the hospitals with multiple benefits. “If you spend a couple of dollars on preventing pressure injuries, you don’t have to spend your time, labor, and more importantly, money to treat them. Today, on average, hospitals spend nine to ten billion dollars a year in extra costs associated with pressure injuries.”
In one instance, an East Texas-based facility using EHOB’s WAFFLE Overlay was forced to remove the products due to leadership change and budgetary constraints. However, with the removal of the WAFFLE Overlays, prevalence rates, and pressure injuries increased over six months. It did not take long for the facility to understand the product’s importance. “We’re asked to come back because the client witnessed a significant increase in the number of patients with pressure injuries,” says Bui.
Our support surfaces are clinically-proven and designed to redistribute pressure to achieve better patient outcomes
Toward a Self-Sustaining Future
Apart from producing simple, clinically proven, cost-effective solutions that can prevent pressure injuries and improve overall patient care, what differentiates EHOB is its exemplary team and its culture of innovation and collaboration. “EHOB is focused on the patient. We follow the original vision of Dr. Spahn - educate caregivers and make a product based on science that was affordable for patients. To this day, our focus is to take care of the patients with effective, science-based solutions while making the caregiver’s job easier,” states Bui.
As EHOB spends significant time in research and development, they can identify industry needs and incorporate the right mix of firmness, offloading capabilities, and comfort into their products. The company also developed many proprietary materials, including an anti-microbial vinyl that maintains a safer surface for patients. EHOB spends considerable time teaching and training the staff in the facility to seamlessly use all the products.
Moving ahead, EHOB foresees steady growth in demand for its products. “The shortage of nurses and caregivers is a major pain point today. Our entire team is poised to tackle this head-on, and lead the industry toward a self-sustaining future,” adds Bui.
Looking forward, EHOB will continue to deliver solutions and educational services that meet the needs of the patient, the clinician, and the healthcare team. “As your trusted partner in pressure injury prevention, we are committed to improving patient outcomes and workplace efficiency every day. We do it better together,” concludes Bui.
Description EHOB has become one of the leading companies in the market that specializes solely in pressure injury prevention. Founded on the vision to provide quality and cost-effective products in the pressure injury prevention space, EHOB follows Dr. Spahn's philosophy of providing the highest quality of service and products while keeping patients at the core of its operations. Based on the premise that prevention is better than cure, EHOB's products—ranging from support surfaces to turning and repositioning solutions—utilize static air technology to relieve and redistribute the pressure to prevent pressure injuries. The company augments its products through visual assessment software, and this plays a vital role in detecting and depicting the variations of interference pressure across a patient's body
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