Frequently Asked Questions About the GELShield

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What is the GELShield™?

The GELShield™ is an extracranial pressure-relief device that helps alleviate external pressure on the cranium caused by prolonged immobility or other conditions where frequent repositioning is contraindicated.

Who is the GELShield™ designed for?

The GELShield™ is designed to be used on hospitalized infants.

How should an infant be positioned on the GELShield™?

With infant in supine position, slide GELShield™ under infant’s head so that:

  • Inside center is aligned with back of head
  • Foam inlay (bottom ridge) is just below occiput
  • Velcro® bands are just above the ears
  • Nothing is under GELShield™ (eg, pillow, blankets, tubes)

Warning: DO NOT place the infant face down on the GELShield™. For complete instructions, please refer to the GELShield™ User Guide.

What sizes of GELShield™ are available, and how is the proper fit determined?

The GELShield™ comes in 3 sizes: 10, 12, and 14 inches. Proper fit is determined by measuring the circumference of the infant’s head. For proper sizing guidelines based on gestational age and head circumference, consult SIZING GUIDELINES in the GELShield™ User Guide.

Are there any contraindications?

The GELShield™ should not be used on infants who:

  • Have dermatological issues, lesions, wounds, and/or bruising on the scalp
  • Have a scalp IV
  • Require frequent occipital frontal circumference measurements due to an intraventricular hemorrhage
  • Have hydrocephalus with or without a shunt
  • Have craniosynostosis
  • Are using another head positioning device (eg, pillow)

What if a mark is observed on the infant upon removal of the GELShield™?

Some marking is expected and considered normal. You may continue use of the GELShield™ as appropriate.

What if redness is observed on the infant upon removal of the GELShield™?

Wait until redness has resolved and reapply the GELShield™ if appropriate. Discontinue use if redness remains after 15 minutes.

When should the GELShield™ be removed?

Keep the GELShield™ on the infant’s head as much as possible while the infant is in the bed environment. Remove the GELShield™:

  • When caring for infant outside of the crib (eg, medical procedures, kangaroo care)
  • At least every 3 hours to inspect skin

When should the GELShield™ be cleaned?

The GELShield™ should be assessed for cleaning each time the nurse is engaged in caring for the infant. If there is visible soiling, including body fluids, the GELShield™ should be cleaned.

Warning: DO NOT put the GELShield™ in a washer or dryer.

How should the GELShield™ be cleaned?

Clean with any nonalcohol wipes approved by your hospital, following the instructions provided by the wipe’s manufacturer to remove visible soiling. Next, wipe down the GELShield™ with a damp cloth to remove any residue. The GELShield™ should be residue-free and dry before reapplying to the infant.

Warning: DO NOT use alcohol-based disinfectants, as they may reduce the life of the GELShield™.

What happens if the GELShield™ shows visible signs of damage?

If the GELShield™ shows visible signs of damage (the gel interior is exposed), dispose of the device in normal or biohazard disposal containers; follow your
facility’s procedures. Replace with a new GELShield™.

Does the gel in the GELShield™ evaporate over time?

No. In studies, the GELShield™ has maintained its integrity over a 24-month period. Date of manufacture can be found on the bottom of the GELShield™ package.

Is the GELShield™ for single patient use or can it be reused with other patients?

The GELShield™ is for single patient use. It cannot be reused with other patients. The GELShield™ is for hospital use only.

When should the GELShield™ be discarded?

The GELShield™ should be discarded when:

  • The infant has outgrown the device. Replace with a larger device (consult SIZING GUIDELINES in the GELShield™ User Guide)
  • The device shows visible signs of damage (the gel interior is exposed). Replace with a new device
  • The infant has been discharged from the hospital

Dispose of the device in normal or biohazard disposal containers; follow your facility’s procedures.