Types of Therapeutic Pressure Mattresses & Overlays Used for Prevention or Treatment of Pressure Ulcers
Alternating Air, Lateral Rotation, Low Air Loss Mattresses & More
Group 2 pressure-reducing support surfaces, which can include alternating-pressure mattresses, low-air-loss mattresses and mattress overlays, are indicated for use as a prevention or treatment for pressure ulcers, bedsores and other types of skin tissue breakdown. Each pressure-relieving mattress featured in this section is designed to improve patient comfort. Pressure-reducing mattresses redistribute a patient’s weight so as to relieve pressure points. An alternating air mattress, which is a specific type of medical air mattress, contains air cells that are continually inflated and deflated, which relieves pressure points and promotes better circulation.
Another popular hospital mattress for bed sores, made to fit any standard hospital bed, is the True Low Air Loss Mattress, which diffuses air through the mattress
Group II Therapeutic Mattress Types:
- Non-Powered Pressure Reduction Mattress – Channels air through cells for maximum patient immersion. Dry Floatation.
- Alternating Pressure Mattress – Alternates inflation and deflation of cells to constantly change pressure points and promote circulation.
- Low Air Loss Mattress – Floats the patient on air-filled cells while circulating air across the skin to reduce moisture and help maintain a constant skin interface pressure “True Air Loss” utilizes 100-150 liters of air per minute to maintain normal skin temperature and moisture levels, yet will not dry out therapeutic dressings.
- Lateral Rotation Mattress – Program the interval to rotate the patient from side to side in order to cyclically change pressure points. Reduces risk of pulmonary complications, stimulates gastrointestinal tract, improves circulation and provides pressure relief without disturbing the patient.