Regulating Pressure – Alternating Pressure Mattresses

Regulating Pressure – Alternating Pressure Mattresses

Air mattresses or airbeds are the new age sleep comforters that not only give you a comfortable sleep but also help in combating many health problems that are caused or aggravated by the wrong sleeping posture. They improve the quality of life of people who suffer from back pain, sores or any of these kinds of health problems. The ability to adjust the firmness and shape of a mattress to accommodating different body shapes, sizes, and weights, can be a major factor in the healing process. Moreover, air mattresses manufactured without the use of materials that may release VOCs or other toxic compounds from the manufacturing process can exacerbate allergies in children or other sensitive individuals. Here comes in the technology of alternating pressure mattresses.

Alternating pressure therapy uses a kind of pressure redistribution that stimulates and regulates blood flow to the skin. The alternating pressure therapy is defined in cycle times. The lesser the time between each cycle, more the amount of blood is allowed to reach the skin to relieve painful pressure points which then heals the bed sores. Some of the best alternating pressure mattress systems offer adjustable cycle times.

Alternating pressure mattress systems offer different and unique benefits. One of the primary reasons that one uses an Alternating Pressure Mattress is to prevent or treat skin breakdown. Alternating Pressure Systems alternate inflation and deflation of air cells (bladders) to constantly change pressure points and promote circulation. Cycle time (head - foot) is about 10 minutes or programmable on some types of devices. These mattresses have bladders positioned laterally or length-wise those slowly deflate and inflate. This keeps the pressure alternating throughout body.

Span America PressureGuard Protocol Alternating Pressure Mattress Span America PressureGuard APM Bariatric Mattress
Span America PressureGuard Protocol Alternating Pressure Mattress
Span America PressureGuard APM Bariatric Mattress

The SenTech Sentry 1250 Alternating Pressure Mattress System provides alternating pressure relief while stimulating peripheral circulation. The 20 individual air cells alternately move, with the ability to change the alternation from 4 to 15 minutes depending on patients need. This system is designed to provide reduction in tissue interface pressure during this entire cycle.

The Span America PressureGuard CFT Mattress comes with Constant Force Technology which automatically adjusts a network of interconnected air cylinders and elasticized reservoirs to the appropriate, therapeutic levels for each patient, regardless of their weight or position on the surface. The CFT is extremely cost effective and it requires virtually no set-up, programming or maintenance.


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