Michelin AirProne

An innovative set of inflatable cushions for fully positioning patients in the prone position.

High quality standards
Made in France

MICHELIN AirProne is a set of inflatable units and covers that enable patients in intensive care units suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) to be placed in the prone position (PP).

The purpose of this medical device is to reduce the prevalence of pressure ulcers by properly positioning patients.

The MICHELIN AirProne kit consists of 7 units themselves composed of high and low pressure cushions, as well as a 3D fabric specially designed to be in contact with patients' skin.

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We had a problem where our only hope for helping patients in respiratory distress was by ventilating them face down. But that position would cause such serious pressure ulcers that in some cases we had to stop prone ventilation. It didn’t take me long and suddenly I pictured an inflatable device made of different pieces for different parts of the body, like the head, chest, pelvis and lower limbs. I sent Michelin a note. They replied immediately and were surprisingly receptive!

Dr Gilles Touati, Cardiovascular surgeon, University Hospital of Amiens FRANCE

During the first COVID wave, we quickly realized that putting patients in the prone position was essential for their survival. We had very little functional and adequate equipment for prone positioning of patients.

You contacted us and proposed us to participate in the evaluation and evolution of this inflatable kit. We accepted with great enthusiasm to test it with our patients in acute respiratory distress. Over time, you have listened to our complaints and made the necessary changes. Today, we are no longer impacted by the COVID as we were before, but we continue to use your kit for the prone positioning of our patients, so much so that our medical and paramedical teams are perfectly familiar with its use.

The installation is fast, the inflation of the cushions is ergonomic, with the use of hydrocolloid dressings, the integrity of the patient's skin is respected. The patient is put in prone positioning in complete safety.

We thank you for this precious help during this difficult period. For our intensive care unit, this innovative device has become indispensable in the prone positioning of our patients in the management of acute respiratory distress.

Samia Kacer, health executive, Surgical Intensive Care Unit La Salpétrière FRANCE

The inflatable modules used in our care unit are the head and thorax modules. They are beneficial in reducing pressure ulcers. In particular, the 3D fabric has a draining role for secretions. It thus allows to limit the risk of alteration of the skin condition of the patient installed in prone position.

Intensive Care Medicine Department of the Saint-Nazaire Hospital FRANCE

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The MICHELIN AirProne set, a concentrate of innovation

1 innovation breakthrough
2 major patents

Advanced 3D fabric combined with low-pressure and high-pressure cushions:

• Drains off secretions and reduces the effects of perspiration and shearing
• Distributes pressure
• Adjusts positioning of the head, chest and pelvis

Specially designed head cushion:

• No pressure on the ear
• Side support
• Evenly distributes pressure

MICHELIN AirProne benefits


Reduces the occurence of pressure ulcers


Increases patient comfort in the prone position


Improves ventilatory vital signs (clinical study results pending)

How to use the MICHELIN AirProne?


MICHELIN AirProne packaging

MICHELIN AirProne will be delivered to you with:

• A set of 7 inflatable units and covers

• A set of 7 spare covers

• A pump

• 10 spare clamps

• Training in the use of MICHELIN AirProne