What are the differences between a Slicker® cover and a Slicker cushion?
A Slicker cover is a poly film cover that fits over the original equipment pad that came with your table. Each Slicker is built to fit the original equipment pad precisely. If you are using a second market pad, there may be differences, and we suggest you measure the pad dimensions and contact us to make sure you receive a Slicker cover that will fit your pad properly.
The Slicker cushion eliminates the fit problem. It is a lined pad that is permanently welded inside a Slicker cover. Each Slicker cushion is designed to fit the original equipment table for a specified machine. The pad is not replaceable, but is a very inexpensive way to renew the pad at the same time as the cover. If your table is not standard for the type of machine you are using, we suggest you contact us and give us table or cradle dimensions to insure correct fit.
How can I position the patient on the table easier?
Bare skin and some clothing may not slide across poly film very easily. we suggest that you use a sheet or blanket to position the patient. The sheet or blanket also provides additional ease of clean up and mitigates the cold surface for the patient.
How do Slicker covers and cushions work?
Slickers utilize a flap system that is integrated with table safety belts, creating a "tub" around the patient to contain contaminants on the table until released to the floor, simplifying clean up. The illustrations below show the operation. Since slickers are constructed of poly film, and hook and loop tape, they are latex free. All materials meet ISO 10993 biosensitivity standards.
The patient is positioned on the CT Slicker and cushion combination. The Slicker flaps cover the gap between the cradle and table rails to keep foreign matter from entering and contaminating the table interior.
When the table security belt is fastened, the Slicker flaps extend up the patient's sides to form a "tub" that retains fluids and other contaminants inside the cover and away from your table top.
When the security bel is released, fluids and contaminants either remain on the Slicker cover or run off the cover and are shunted directly to the floor by the Slicker's flap system for easy, more thorough clean up. (If scans are run with the flaps draping with no security belt, artifact may result.)
What is the best way to clean Slickers?
Slicker covers and cushions are not sterile when shipped. We suggest a thorough cleaning with a bleach / water solution as recommended by the Center for Disease Control before each use. Some germicide solutions may cause discoloration of the cover, and create a sticky film. Adhesive remover or nail polish remover will clean off tape residue easily without harming the cover. If you would like recommendations for combination germicide cleaners, please feel free to contact us. If the cover is damaged by puncture or small cuts, temporary repairs may be made by cleaning the area with acetone and applying a patch using a high quality crystal clear packing tape until you can procure a replacement. Replacement of the cover/cushion is dependent on patient traffic, abuse (back boards, trauma use), and age. In normal use, a replacement cycle of 1 year is recommended.
How does the Slicker cover affect artifacting?
Artifact can be caused by the x-ray beam passing through the cover film obliquely, such as when it lays over the table rails. As machines have attained higher resolutions artifact is a more sensitive issue. Recognizing this problem, RadScan Medical has refined the geometries used in Slicker products, and a new pad configuration that has successfully passed test site evaluation in this regard is available upon request. We are constantly evaluating new materials to enhance performance while maintaining cover durability.