Span-America Medical Systems, Inc. manufactures therapeutic support surfaces, medical bed frames, patient positioners, mattress overlays and wheelchair cushions for the medical market. The company sells but do not manufacture skin care products, fall protection products and in-room furniture used mainly in the long-term care portion of the medical market. The company also manufactures foam mattress pads and pillows for the consumer bedding market, as well as various custom designed foam products for the industrial market. The company’s products are distributed primarily in the United States and Canada, and to a lesser degree, in various countries outside North America. Segments The company operates through two segments, Medical and Custom Products. Medical segment This segment’s principal medical products consist of therapeutic support surfaces (which consist of non-powered and powered therapeutic support surfaces), medical bed frames, patient positioners, polyurethane foam mattress overlays, seating products, Selan skin care and fall protection products. The company also sells tables and related in-room furnishings for use in long-term care facilities. The company sells these products primarily in North America to customers in the major segments of the health care market, including long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals, and home health care providers. Therapeutic Support Surfaces For classification purposes, the company divides its lines of therapeutic support surfaces into two groups, such as non-powered and powered; and the company has various sub-categories within those two groups. The company’s non-powered therapeutic support surfaces fall into two main sub-categories, such as the Geo-Mattress all-foam products and the non-powered portion of the PressureGuard product line. Geo-Mattress products are single-density or multi-layered foam therapeutic support surfaces topped with the same patented Geo-Matt surface used in the company’s overlays. Non-powered Therapeutic Support Surfaces The company offers the Geo-Mattress Max, Plus and Pro models of foam therapeutic support surfaces. The company extended the product line with the release of the Geo-Mattress with Wings, which has been a contributor to overall Geo-Mattress sales. The Wings support surfaces feature raised perimeter bolsters on each side designed to reduce the chances of patients rolling out of bed or becoming entrapped between the edge of the therapeutic support surface and the bed’s side rails. The company added a second line extension, the Geo-Mattress Atlas, to address the needs of heavier patients. The company also offers the Geo-Mattress UltraMax. Developed primarily for the acute care market, the UltraMax incorporates various proprietary design features, including three-dimensional zoning, an ultra-resilient torso section, and a shear-reducing, bi-directional stretch cover. The company’s non-powered support surfaces consist of products from the PressureGuard series. The company owns the PressureGuard design through the acquisition of Healthflex, Inc. The original design combined a polyurethane foam shell and static air cylinders to form a support surface that incorporated the comfort and pressure relieving features of both mattress overlays and therapeutic support surfaces. In addition to the non-powered, static PressureGuard Renew, the company offers the PressureGuard CFT. This model incorporates a patented design featuring the principles of constant force technology. The PressureGuard CFT is most appreciated for its self-adjusting support surface feature that rivals powered surfaces in effectiveness, yet it requires no power source. Powered Therapeutic Support Surfaces The company’s powered therapeutic support surfaces constitute the remaining models in the PressureGuard Series. The company received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) marketing approval for the PressureGuard IV therapeutic support surface. Building on the comfort and support of the original PressureGuard design, PressureGuard IV is designed as a powered system for providing pressure reduction and patient comfort, with the ad
span-america medical sys inc
(SPAN:Consolidated Issue listed on NASDAQ Global Market)
70 Commerce Center
Greenville, SC 29615
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