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5 tips for choosing the right alternating air pressure mattress

By on January 24, 2019

Alternating air pressure mattresses have been associated with a reduction in the risk of developing pressure ulcers. People with reduced mobility have a higher chance of developing pressure ulcers. Other factors that increase the chances of developing pressure ulcers include reduced circulation of blood in the body, malnourishment, obesity, and incontinence. To avoid pressure ulcers, the following tips will help to select the best alternating air pressure mattress  for risk reduction.

1) Have a skin assessment 

Visit a healthcare professional who will undertake a test using a standardized risk assessment procedure which will ascertain your risk score. This will enable the doctor to indicate the level of risk that you are exposed to and subsequently describe to you the mattress that will be appropriate for you. The alternating air pressure mattress will have all the design and specification that will ensure that the potential risk to pressure ulcers that you are prone to be eliminated or reduced to a minimum.

2) Know the types of pressure redistribution mattress 

Static mattress – this is usually made of foam designed with a geometrically cut surface which makes it perfect for redistributing pressure while ensuring you experience maximum comfort and reducing the probability of occurrence of friction and shear. 

Alternating air pressure mattresses– An alternating air pressure mattress comprises alternating air-filled cells which work together in order to alter the distribution of pressure automatically. There is a pump that has been fixed at the end of the bed and works best for those at higher risk. They are also known as dynamic mattresses and sometimes may require you to secure it to the bed base using fixing traps. 

Hybrid mattress– this combines air and form to provide you with a comfortable interface that reduces pressure over the risk-probe areas of your body as well as an alternating surface which changes the parts of your body to reduce pressure. They are the best for those patients that are at a higher risk of pressure ulcers.

3) Assess functional ability of the patient or person using it

It is important to consider independence for the user during transfer in and out of bed to limiting restriction for them. Check to see if the mattress will interfere with the height of the bed and will subsequently interfere with the sit to stand or alternate transfer from the bed.

4) Measure twice for bed and bed accessories

Ensure that the mattress will fit the space and bed.  Also, confirm that bed accessories will be compatible with the mattress.

5) Ensure Comfort 

As much as the mattress will be performing its important function of reducing the risk of pressure ulcers, the alternating air pressure mattress should also ensure that you can have a good night sleep. Some vendors provide a trial; so, that the comfort of the mattress can be assured.