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What is an 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 uses a system of alternating air cells to provide pressure relief and improve circulation for individuals who are bedridden or have limited mobility. The air pressure mattress is composed of multiple air cells that inflate and deflate in a cyclical pattern, redistributing the pressure on the body to help prevent pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores. This type of mattress is often used in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home care settings to promote healing and prevent the development of pressure ulcers. Hospital mattresses can be used both at home and in a hospital environment. HPFY offers you various alternating pressure mattresses from manufacturers like Proactive Medical, Span America, Thomashilfen, and others.

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. Bedsores may develop if there is frequent skin friction with the mattress or poor blood circulation because of kidney disease, diabetes, or heart conditions.

Benefits of Alternating Air Pressure Mattresses

An alternate air pressure mattress is useful for not only the patient but also the patient’s caregiver as they don't have to worry about constantly moving the patient in bed. Here are some of the benefits of alternating pressure mattresses-

  1. Sleep comforter that offers a comfortable sleep
  2. Combats health problems caused by a wrong sleeping posture
  3. Hospital bed mattress helps with multiple sclerosis, back pain, sores, or similar health problems
  4. Pressure redistribution stimulates and regulates blood flow to the skin
  5. Relieves painful pressure points and heals bed sores
  6. Helps prevent or treat skin breakdown

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Where to buy an alternating pressure mattress?

HPFY provides alternating air pressure mattresses that are available in high-density foam and layered foam from top manufacturers like Comfortex Healthcare Surfaces, Invacare Corporation, Prius Healthcare USA, Drive Medical, and many others.

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APM mattresses have air-filled channels that alternate filling up and decompressing to keep bearing weight off certain areas. These mattresses allows blood flow to reach different areas of the body of immobilized or weak patients who cannot shift their weight independently.

An alternating pressure mattress is advisable to be used for patients who are likely to spend more than 15 hours per day in bed or for those who are classified as medium to high risk of developing pressure ulcers, or bedsores.

People at higher risk are typically: seriously ill, immobile, have spinal cord injury, do not eat a proper diet, wear prosthesis, smoke, are incontinent of stool or urine, have diabetes, have COPD or heart failure, have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or heart failure, have broken hip or hip surgery.

The air pressure can be adjusted using the control panel. There are buttons to adjust softness / firmness of the mattress in accordance to the needs of the patient.

Yes air cells in an APM mattress do cycle. The air-filled channels alternate from inflating to deflating to help vary the pressure and reduce the risk of pressure sores and ulcers.

The pump is very quiet. You will hear a slight hum as the air pressure alternates.

Yes, the mattress works with a hospital bed. It can be used in the sitting position as well.

Yes, the alternating pressure mattress can be used in prevention and healing of bedsores. The mattress relieves pressure from vulnerable areas so that sores do not develop. However it is still recommended that you carry out traditional further inspection of turning the patient and observing high risk areas regularly, and to not solely rely on the mattress

Before cleaning your mattress make sure to disconnect from the electrical outlet. Use a damp towel with mild soap and water to wipe down, and then dry with a soft towel. You can also wipe down with alcohol wipes or light rubbing alcohol.