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Alps VIVA BK Suspension Sleeve, Built-In Valve, Suction

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Alps VIVA BK Suspension Sleeve, Built-In Valve, Suction

by ALPS South

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$149.00

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  • One way valve integrated into the sleeve to provide the security in knowing your limb is well suspended
  • Uses suction suspension that reduces pistoning, friction and shear forces on your residual limb
  • Awesome prosthetic suspension sleeve if you are a really active Amputee
  • Creates suction affect for additional suspension
  • Made out of Alps GripGel to prevent your sleeve from rolling down your thigh
  • Available in uniform 3 mm and 6 mm thickness
  • Made in the USA
  • Sold each

The Alps VIVA Sleeve (VIVA stands for Valve Integrated Vacuum Activated) is a below knee suspension sleeve with a one way evacuation valve built in. The valve functions as pathway for any extra air trapped within your socket to escape. The significant benefit of a one way valve is that you have created a “dual” suspension affect that provides a superior fit and feel. When a prosthetic limb suspends well, many times amputees will express that it feels “lighter in weight” when walking. Wearing an Alps VIVA Gel Suction Suspension Sleeve you are essentially replicating the same function that a valve fabricated inside your socket by a prosthetist would serve. This is a great fabric reinforced suspension sleeve if you hike, cycle or love to Zumba!

Materials

The Alps VIVA Sleeve uses a GripGel to maintain its place for tight and confident suspension.

Directions for Use

Putting on a VIVA Sleeve – Although it is not necessary to apply any type of lubricant to the residual limb, you may use either talcum powder or silicone skin lotion. Avoid petroleum jelly and other oil based lubricants, as they will damage your VIVA sleeve. Invert the VIVA Sleeve so that the inside is facing out and roll the sleeve up onto the socket making sure the valve is placed in the front and above any trimelines of your socket. Basically make sure the valve will be slightly above your knee cap. If the valve is touching your socket that air will not be expelled. When the valve is above your knee cap this creates a “back pressure” during knee flexion. Place your residual limb inside the socket and roll your VIVA Sleeve onto your thigh.

Care Instructions

Daily: Be sure to clean the V.I.V.A Gel Sleeve on a daily basis with a light washcloth and neutral/pH-balanced soap, Alps Prosthetic Cleanser PD595 and Ottobock DermaClean are especially made for this purpose. Do not scrub or rub the gel during washing, this can damage the gel. Rinse well because soap residue can cause skin issues. Make sure the suspension sleeve is completely dry before using. Wipe the sleeve dry with a clean, dry towel and apply a light dusting of talcum powder to the outside of the sleeve. Weekly: Place a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a soft, clean cloth. Do Not soak the sleeve in alcohol. Wipe the sleeve with a the cloth thoroughly, wipe dry with a towel and apply a light dusting of talcum powder to the outside of the sleeve. To remove a stain on the fabric side, use a cloth dampened in nail polish remover and rub until clean. Do NOT soak in nail polish or you will dissolve the gel!

Precautions

Hand wash only, machine washing can damage the sleeve. Avoid petroleum jelly and other oil based lubricants, as they will damage your V.I.V.A Gel Sleeve. Do Not soak the sleeve in alcohol. Do NOT soak in nail polish or you will dissolve the gel!

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