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What are Alternating Pressure Mattress?

An alternating pressure mattress is a technologically advanced medical mattress that alternates pressure on the patient's body to prevent skin breakdown and provide protection from bedsores and pressure ulcers. It can be used both at home and in a hospital environment. Alternate air pressure mattress is useful for not only the patient but also the caregiver as they don't have to worry about constantly moving the patient in bed. Air alternating pressure mattress system helps patients with burns, Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, etc. With more comfort and relief than standard foam or innerspring mattresses.

Who is at Risk For Developing Bed Sores or Pressure Ulcers?

Individuals who are confined to the bed for long periods of time with minimum mobility are at high risk for bedsores or pressure ulcers. Bedsores are injuries on the body caused by constant contact with the mattress leading to shearing of the skin in which parts of the skin get stuck to the mattress leaving open sores on bony areas of the body – hips, tailbone, ankles, and heels. Bedsores may develop if there is frequent skin friction with the mattress or poor blood circulation because of kidney disease, diabetes, or heart conditions.

Why are Alternating Air Mattresses required?

An alternating pressure mattress has air bladders positioned laterally or length-wise all along. They deflate and inflate under the body, thereby alternating pressure points, promoting blood circulation and relieving painful areas. The mattress is accompanied by a quiet, adjustable air pump which is easy to use and helps provide greater circulation. Rows of oblong air cells are inflated and deflated using the pump. The air pressure of the mattress is continuously changed to keep body fluid and blood flowing freely. This method of pressure relief provides respite from pressure to every part of the body at some point.

Some pressure-reducing mattresses have perforated air cells. These provide very low interface pressure allowing the patient to hover just above the mattress surface. This offers exceptional pressure relief.

How Alternating Pressure Mattresses Work?

Air cells in the mattress inflate and deflate alternately, thereby changing pressure points constantly and promoting circulation. Inflated air cells provide support to the patient, while the deflated air cells offer pressure relief to the skin. First, one cell will inflate, then deflate and then re-inflate. This same procedure is followed by an adjacent cell and so on. The up-and-down motion is very gradual, and the patient does not feel it at all. This movement continues all along with the mattress, except for the patient's head area, in a gradual wave-like motion. The cycle time of the up-down movement can be customized as per the patient’s need. Generally, a cycle time of 10 minutes is set.

Where can I buy alternating pressure air mattress?

Air alternating pressure mattress systems are available in high-density foam and layered foam at Health Products For You. The Proactive Protekt Aire 1500 alternating pressure mattress pad + pump has a cycle time of 10 minutes and a weight capacity of 300 lbs. The interface pressure can be controlled by adjusting the airflow. Combining a low-air-loss system with alternating air pressure provides constant cool, dry airflow, which speeds up the healing of bedsores.