Aquila Company Story
The patented Airpulse PK has been continually improved since that first model built by Steve for his dad back in 1999.
The APK2 automatic alternating pressure sore treatment cushion. A soft waterproof foam exterior and air bladders inside.
The APK2 feature adjustable pressure and inflation cycles and anti-microbial covers.
The APK2 has been assigned HCPCS Code E2609.
Clinical Case Report for J. Holliman MD, Aquila APK user. Full report is available under Clinical Validation tab.
Condition before Airpulse PK
**Client had a stage 4 pressure sore measuring 15 cm x 8 cm
**Client had restricted sitting time and was unable to work
After using Airpulse PK for 3 months
**Client able to sit for 12 hours per day
**Client's sore reduced to 6 cm x 5 cm
After using Airpulse PK for 6 months
**Client able to sit for 12 hours per day
**Sore is reduced to 4 cm x 2 cm
** Client returns to work
For more evidence, including the latest multiple subject study, see
Aquila Corporation builds state of the art wheelchair cushion systems specifically engineered to treat pressure ulcers.
Our award winning pressure ulcer treatment cushions have been used in clinical studies and the subject of case reports written by medical professionals. A case study involving our powered cushion was also recently published in a peer reviewed medical journal. We are on VA Government contract and have helped thousands of people to heal their pressure ulcers and keep them from coming back. Pressure ulcers do not have to be a part of your life if you use a wheelchair and we can help if you have pressure ulcers or are high risk for developing them.
Pressure ulcer treatment is our specialty
A pressure ulcer/sore (bed sore) is an injury to the skin and/or the tissue under the skin. Constant pressure on an area of skin restricts blood supply to the area. Over time, it can cause the skin to break down and form an open sore. You are at risk if you are bedridden, use a wheelchair, are unable to change your position on a regular basis or if your current cushion is applying constant pressure.
Once a pressure sore has formed, there is a great risk of sepsis.
Sepsis is one of the greatest dangers of an advanced
pressure sore. Sepsis is a severe response to bacteria or other germs which can occur as a result of an infected pressure sore. Bacteria can enter your bloodstream and spread throughout your body. Sepsis is a rapidly
progressing, life-threatening condition. More than 60,000 people die annually as a result of complications from a pressure sore and sepsis is responsible for more than half of those deaths.
Also, the incidence of bedsores in Nursing Homes is significantly higher than in hospitals or at home. Over 450,000 bedsores occur in hospitals each year. In fact, between 9.1 and 11.6 Billion dollars are spent on treating bedsores every year.
Our wheelchair cushion systems have treated pressure sores of all stages, including Stage IV.
In the past fourteen years, Aquila has helped thousands of people defeat pressure sores, live a better quality of life and maintain dignity.
A study involving our cushion has been published in the medical journal "Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice".
The title is "Preventing Recurrent Pressure-Related Furuncles With an Alternating Air Cushion" By Dr. Barry M. Farr MD, MSc..
This article proved that while Dr. Farr was seated on a competitors alternating air cushion, furuncles (boils) developed.
But while seated on the Airpulse PK, the boils healed and no new boils developed. Dr. Farr bought 3 more complete Airpulse PK wheelchair cushion systems for himself following the study.
Veterans & VA Medical Facilities
Attention Veterans, Aquila products are on a GSA-FSS Government VA contract. Ours is the only powered wheelchair cushion on Government contract. If you are a veteran, contact your local VA to obtain your cushion system. We have provided cushion systems to more than 400 veterans at more than 100 different VA's throughout the United States.
Compliance and Awards
Aquila is compliant with all required Federal and State licenses and registrations, including the FDA, as well as the CE Mark for European standards performance.
The 2008 Governor's New Product award was presented to Aquila for the Airpulse PK cushion system. It was presented by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers for product excellence that reflects engineering initiative and innovation.
We were also invited to present our powered cushions to staff at the Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Health.