Frequently Asked Questions

HoverMatt® Air Transfer System

  • What is the weight limit for the HoverMatt Air Transfer System?

    The HoverMatt has been tested to 1200 lbs HoverMatts are available in different widths to accommodate patient girth.

  • I was told that the HoverMatt can be used anywhere. Are the snaps safe in an MRI environment?

    The snaps on the entry end of the mattress and on the end of the hose are non-ferrous. If you wish to use the HoverMatt in the MRI environment, a 25-foot, non-metal hose MUST be used so that the air supply can be kept outside of the room.

  • Is the HoverMatt transfer system latex free?

    All HoverTech products are latex free.

  • Is the HoverMatt FDA Approved?

    HoverTech International is registered with the FDA. The HoverMatt is listed as a Class II exempt device.

  • How long can you leave a patient on a HoverMatt?

    A Single-Patient Use HoverMatt can be left underneath a patient for their entire hospital stay.

  • Can you clean/launder a HoverMatt?

    The reusable HoverMatt can be machine laundered. The regular Heat-Sealed HoverMatt (model numbers ending in “HS”) can also be machine dried.

    The Single-Patient Use HoverMatt (model numbers ending in “SPU”) cannot be laundered. It should be replaced when grossly soiled.

    All HoverMatt models can be wiped down with the same cleaning products used to disinfect medical equipment.

  • Can you use the HoverMatt with a Megadyne unit?

    Yes, they are compatible.

  • Has the HoverMatt had flammability testing?

    Yes, and both the reusable and Single-Patient Use HoverMatts passed all required testing.

  • Is the HoverMatt radiolucent?

    The HoverMatt is radiolucent and can be left underneath the patient for all x-rays.

  • Do you recommend using the HoverMatt with low air loss beds?

    HoverTech engaged EC Service, Inc. to perform the latest industry recognized testing on the HoverMatt SPU and the HoverSling. Results of this testing, including Body Analog, Immersion, Microclimate (MVTR), Envelopment and Sliding Resistance, illustrate high evaporative properties and compatibility with low air loss surfaces. The compatibility testing was performed with both the Hill-Rom Sport 2 and the Stryker ISO Flex/ISO Gel low air loss mattress.

  • When would I use a Half-Matt?

    It is particularly useful in Labor & Delivery and with surgical tables for urology or orthopedic surgery (where short tables are utilized). It will also reduce the average cost per patient for air assisted lateral transfer devices.

Air Supplies

  • What is the recommended maintenance for the air supply and filter?

    Air200G and Air400G Air Supplies

    It is recommended that the air filter is assessed per your facility’s preventive maintenance schedule or annually.

    HT-Air® 1200 Air Supply

    It is recommended that the air filter is assessed per your facility’s preventive maintenance schedule or annually.

HoverSling® Split-Leg and HoverSling® Repositioning Sheet

  • What is the weight limit of the HoverSling?

    The HoverSling Split-Leg 34” has a weight limit of 700 lbs while the 39” and 50” weight limit is 1,000 lbs.

    The HoverSling Repositioning Sheet has a weight limit of 1,000 lbs for both the 39” and 50”. There is no 34” Repositioning Sheet.

  • Can the HoverSling be used to turn a patient?

    Yes. Both HoverSlings can be used to turn a patient. When turning a patient using the HoverSling Split-Leg, the center snaps must be connected.

  • Can the HoverSling Split-Leg be used as a limb lifter?

    Yes. The HoverSling Split-Leg can assist in lifting patients’ legs by using a floor or ceiling lift and attaching both the center strap and outer strap of a single leg.

  • Is the HoverSling compatible with any lift?

    All HoverSlings are compatible with any loop style lift.

Q2Roller® Lateral Turning Device

  • What is the weight limit for the Q2 Roller?

    The patient weight limit for the Q2Roller is 600 lbs/272 kg.

  • Can a sheet be used in conjunction with the Q2Roller to keep it clean?

    Whatever the patient is lying on to keep the surface of the bed clean may be place top of the Q2Roller to help keep it clean.

  • Is the Q2Roller breathable?

    The patient surface of the Q2Roller is made of breathable material.

HoverJack® Air Patient Lift

  • What are the differences between the EVHJ and the EVHII EMS?

    a) The EMS version has a removable skirt, containing a zip-in transport sheet of friction reducing material. This is the chief reason for the increased cost between the two versions.

    b) The Hospital version does not have this removable skirt, instead having a double layer of material on the bottom chamber, increasing puncture resistance of this chamber versus a standard, non-Evacuation HoverJack.

    c) The EMS version uses a seat-belt style, metal-to-metal buckle.

    d) The Hospital version uses high strength plastic buckles. Both versions use the same strapping to secure the patient.

    e) The EMS version has a full body patient harness and over the shoulder strapping running parallel to the patient’s body, as well as across the body.

    f) The Hospital version uses a cross-chest configuration.

    g) Foot End extended pull handles on the EMS version are attached to the skirt.

    h) Foot End extended pull handles on the Hospital version are connected to the standard pull handles on the top chamber.

    i) Both versions have the same instructions for use, same weight limit, and same warranty.

  • Can you over-inflate a HoverJack and cause it to burst?

    No, not if you are using the HoverTech International Air Supply. The HoverJack Devices have been tested under conditions that would “over-inflate” using this air supply.

  • If you open the red-capped valves, does the HoverJack Device deflate very quickly, causing it to be unstable and the patient to fall?

    Yes, if you open the red-capped valves all at one time. However, opening the red-capped valves one at a time, beginning at the top chamber, permits the HoverJack Device to deflate rather slowly, but steadily. The HoverJack Device remains stable when deflated properly. There should also be at least 2 caregivers attending the deflation process so they can support the patient as the product deflates.

  • If we want the HoverJack Device to lift the patient a moderate amount, do all of the chambers have to be inflated for it to be stable?

    No. The HoverJack Devices are made to be stable regardless of how many chambers are inflated. However, the chambers MUST be inflated consecutively from the floor up. In other words, if you only want to inflate 3 chambers, you must inflate chambers 1, 2 then 3. Each chamber should be fully inflated before inflating the next chamber.

  • Can you perform CPR on the HoverJack?

    Yes. Chest compressions will be just as effective on the HoverJack® Air Patient Lift as compared to on a hard ground surface. Please be sure to advise caregivers that compressions will only be effective if HoverJack chambers are fully inflated and hard to the touch. It is possible to get effective compressions with only one, two, or three HoverJack chambers fully inflated.

  • Will the HoverJack lift a very heavy patient?

    Yes. The HoverJack has a weight limit of 1200 lbs. When lifting a heavy patient, extra caution must be taken to center him or her properly on the HoverJack.

AirWedge® Inflatable Positioning Device

  • What is the weight limit of the AirWedge?

    The patient weight limit for the AirWedge is 800 lbs.

  • Do you prep the table with the device and does it stay under the patient during the procedure?

    You can prep the table or stretcher with the AirWedge and it can stay under the patient during the procedure, or be removed, if desired.

  • Can the AirWedge be used with the HoverMatt?

    The AirWedge may be used in conjunction with the HoverMatt as a complete transport and positioning system. In these circumstances the HoverMatt should be deflated prior to using the AirWedge.

  • Can I use a head positioner with the AirWedge?

    The AirWedge will adjust the patient’s head as necessary for ear to sternal notch positioning. Once the AirWedge is no longer necessary, it can be deflated and removed, and a head end positioner can be employed.