My dad had a double heart valve replacement surgery in January of 2020. His recovery was very rough - it truly is a miracle that he pulled through following this procedure. Add to heart failure: end stage renal on home hemodialysis and cirrhosis of the liver due to over administration of iron for anemia by the dialysis centers and a full left hip replacement due to avascular necrosis because of the effects of dialysate on the body, particularly the upper femur & hip area. It took almost 3 weeks before he really came out from under the effects of the heart surgery, needless to say, he was on his backside and lying down for more than one month. Yes, ICU nurses moved & turned him but thst does only so much. He had a couple of pretty good bed sores. I knew that when my dsd6returned home, he'd need some type of air mattress that would constantly keep him moving around so that then current sores could heal and so that no more developed as best could be avoided. Medicare did not want to go straight to the air mattress option, they wanted to first begin with a type of gel mattress topper that weighs about 3 tons and is harder than a rock. I knew that that wasn't going to work. So, between "crash coursing" Medicare, working within the parameters of hospital #3 (the heart surgery began at ICU, then to LTAC and finally #3, rehabilitation) which was really good about dropping, without or with little notice big events soon to cone - like discharging - and figuring out how to ascertain an air mattress of good quality that wouldn't destroy the bank accounts or result in something equal to financing a new vehicle, I came upon Vive Health. Talk about a true Godsend that I never anticipated. Now, the stage is set.
I located Vive Health's 8" pressure mattress which appeared to be exactly what my dad would need. I reached out directly because I needed to have the product in-hand the following day. I went over every detail with the young woman that I spoke with and who was more polite and pleasant to work with just as any other that I spoke with. She helped me to arrange for next day delivery which was a success. To be fully transparent, I had one small product snafu that isn't worth the mention. It was quickly resolved and to this day, my dad sleeps on this mattress (we purchased a 5" mattress because he felt as though he was slightly less centered and stable on the 8"). He absolutely lives his 5" air mattress. As for me, maintenance, cleaning and sanitation are a breeze. And the air pump, which is slightly smaller than that for the 8", both are extremely quiet. In all, prior to and since, I have never had a more pleasant experience working with a vendor for medical needs for my father. Yes, there are many nice people to work with, most people are. But Vive Health, I feel/felt, went out of their way to accommodate my urgent needs and did so with a smile that I could hear over the phone.
This is a very much far overdue and much deserved great review of Vive Health, their people and their products. Why I hadn't long ago done this, I don't know. I'm an only child caring for my terminally ill father with no outside support. I believe at the time I purchased this mattress, I was way in over my head for a while but nevertheless, came out unscathed. I will gladly return to Vive Health for any future needs of this or other similar type medical needs.
Thank you so much for your glowing feedback and review. We are so happy to know the pad and mattress are doing you and your father so well. We love to help our customers Live Better!
Thank you so much for choosing Vive and don't hesitate to contact us for further assistance! -Angie- Vive Health.
Linda Lough (Bradenton, US)
Works do well.
Hello Linda!, Thank you so much for your glowing feedback. We are so glad to hear that our products are doing you so well. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further assistance at 1-800-487-3808. Thanks for being a Vive Health Customer. -Angie- Vive Health
Crystal Vaughan (Piedmont, US)
I bought this for my mom. She is 75 years old and cant walk anymore' so she is on her backside a lot. My mom was getting bed sores. This product is awesome she loves it. She hasn't had any new sores come up and the ones she had healed.
Hello Crystal, Thank you so much for your glowing feedback. We are so glad to hear that our products are doing you so well. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further assistance at 1-800-487-3808. Thanks for being a Vive Health Customer. -Alice- Vive Health
Barbara Evers (Longboat Key, US)
I bought this for my 100 year old friend in the nursing home who was beginning to have circulation problems. She says she feels so much better when she gets up in the morning after a night's sleep on this mattress.
Hello Barbara, Thank you so much for your glowing feedback. We are so glad to hear that our products are doing your friend so well and helping you to live better. Please feel free to contact us should you need any further assistance at 1-800-487-3808. Thanks for being a Vive Health Customer. -Alice- Vive Health
Gavin M. (Canonsburg, US)
Best mattress ever!
I bought this for my father, who, at 86 can no longer get around much. He’s pretty much either wheelchair-bound or on his bed. I knew the hospitals were using these alternating air pressure beds, so when he finally came home from care facilities I bought him a home hospital bed and this mattress. The first night he slept like a baby, and that has continued. He raved about how comfortable he was the first night, and after a week or so I asked him again and he repeated that it was the best mattress he has ever slept on. So glad to hear he’s comfortable.
Hello Gavin, Thank you so much for your glowing feedback. We are so glad to hear that your dad is doing so well with our products. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further assistance at 1-800-487-3808. Thanks for being a Vive Health Customer. -Alice- Vive Health
What is the purpose of an alternating pressure mattress?
This is a mattress replacement system for home or hospital beds. It has air-filled channels that alternate filling up and decompressing to keep bearing weight off certain areas, and allows blood flow to reach different areas of the body of immobilized or weak patients who cannot shift their weight frequently.
What is included with my purchase? Do I need to purchase anything in addition?
Everything you need is included with your purchase, nothing additional is required. Each unit includes the Vive 8” alternating pressure mattress, the Vive pressure pump, flexible air hose, one replacement air chamber and one patching kit.
How do I know if I need an alternating pressure mattress?
An alternating pressure mattress should be used for patients who are likely to spend more than 15 hours per day in bed or who are classified as medium to high risk of developing pressure ulcers, or bedsores.
How do I set up the alternating pressure mattress?
It’s very easy. Position the mattress on the bed and secure it to the bed using the strap. Connect the mattress feed pipes to the compressor (pump) connector using the flexible hose. Secure the compressor and plug into an outlet. Turn on the mattress and begin use. Make sure the mattress has been fully inflated before positioning the patient on top of it.
How do I adjust the firmness or softness of my alternating pressure mattress?
Do the air cells cycle?
Yes, the air chambers cycle to redistibute pressure. The air-filled channels alternate from inflating to deflating to help vary the pressure and reduce the risk of pressure sores and ulcers.
What is the cycle time?
Each alternating cycle is approximately 10-12 minutes in length.
What is the pressure range?
The air pressure range is 20 to 80 mmHg.
How loud is the pump?
The pump is very quiet. You will hear a slight hum as the air pressure alternates.
Can you sit the hospital bed up in a sitting position with this mattress?
Yes! The alternating mattress includes a static seating setting for using a hospital bed in the sitting position.
Does the alternating pressure mattress help to avoid/reduce bedsores?
Yes, the alternating pressure mattress is used in prevention and healing of bedsores. It is recommended that bedridden patients be turned and high risk areas inspected regularly.
How do you make the mattress alternate pressure?
The mattress alternates all by itself! Plug the mattress into the wall and allow an hour to fill completely. Once filled, the bed automatically alternates air in every other air panel. As one fills and gets firmer, the others lose air and get softer. This constant alternating helps move the patient’s body and adjusts the pressure points of patients who will be bedridden for extended periods of time.
The nurse recommended a low air loss mattress system. Is this the right product?
This replaces a standard mattress. You need a box springs or hospital style bed frame to put it on. No mattress is required.
Is the pump compatible with 220 volts?
No, the pump is not compatible with 220 volts. It used standard 110V only.
How do I clean my alternating pressure mattress?
To clean 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.
Can I remove the cover?
Yes, the waterproof cover is removable.
Is the cover waterproof?
Yes, the latex-free cover is completely waterproof.
Do the cells at the head alternate?
No, the three cells at the head of the mattress inflate and stay static to act as a pillow.
How do I patch my alternating pressure pad if it gets a leak?
Which direction does the mattress go on the bed?
The mattress has a “head” and “foot” logo so you know which direction the patient should lay. This is important because the cells below the head do not alternate.
Where can you buy new bladders for them?
In the unlikely event of a bladder that is not properly inflating, try resetting the pump. This may solve the problem. If this does not work, the Vive alternating pressure mattress does include one replacement air chamber and a patching kit for small leaks.
What sizes do the mattresses come in?
This is a twin size-mattress which fits a standard hospital bed frame. The dimensions of the mattress are 80” x 35” x 8”.
Does the mattress fit a hospital bed?
Yes, the mattress fits both regular twin and hospital bed frames.
How thick is this mattress?
It is a comfortable and supportive 8 inches thick.
Is the mattress latex free?
Yes, this mattress is latex free.
Can you fix a punctured tube?
Follow the directions in the bladder patch kit to properly fix a punctured air bladder.
Can you add a mattress pad on top of the mattress cover? Would it impede the airflow?
The mattress pad on top of the mattress will not impede airflow, however, you may find that the mattress is more comfortable without one!
Can I buy the mattress without the pump?
Currently, the mattress and pump are only sold as a set.
How do I prevent pressure ulcers or bedsores?
Get as much movement and activity as possible. Change positions frequently to relieve pressure of prone body areas. Make sure that you are eating and drinking the right things. A healthy and balanced diet with plenty of water will help to prevent these sores. Take regular checks of your skin for any signs of pressure ulcers, and alert your doctor of any signs.
How severe are pressure ulcers?
This depends on the stage or grade of your existing or developing sore. Grade 1- Permanent red spot that is not broken. May feel warm to touch, hard or swollen. Grade 2- Sore is still superficial and may look like a blister or abrasion. Grade 3- Ulcer uses full thickness of the skin and damage is done to the tissues underneath. Grade 4- Most severe. Deep ulcer and damage is done to muscles or bone underneath.
What is the weight limit of this mattress?
The alternating pressure mattress supports up to 350 pounds.
Does the pump need to stay on the floor?
No, the pressure pump has two non-marking hooks that allow the pump to be easily attached to the foot of the bed so it is out of the way.
How big is the pump?
The pump is 10.25” x 3.5” x 4.75”
Intended for use by those confined to a bed for an extended period of time
Prevents sores that are caused by prolonged bed rest
Power cord attached directly to pump
Electrical Power Supply : 110-120 volts
Position the mattress on the bed and secure to the bed using the straps.
Connect the mattress feed pipes to the compressor (pump) connector using the flexible hose.
Secure the compressor and plug into an outlet.
Turn on the mattress and begin use. Make sure the mattress has been fully inflated before positioning the patient on top of it.
Pump: 10.25” x 3.5” x 4.75”
For best results, wipe down with a damp cloth coated with a detergent product solution or disinfectant
Do not use corrosive cleaning products such as industrial degreasers or acetic solvents
Standard shipping is 3-5 business day delivery (it frequently arrives sooner)
We can ship anywhere in the continental United States (48 States); excluding Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or Internationally
We are unable to ship to PO Boxes or Amazon Lockers
In the case of a return, shipping charges are non-refundable.
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Delivered in 3-5 business days
Most standard travel scooters are shipped and delivered within 3-5 business days via UPS or FedEx. Medium, large and full-sized mobility/medical scooters are shipped via freight carrier and will arrive within 6-10 business days. Carriers will call to schedule the delivery. Any customization, including options and upgrades, may take 1-3 weeks to leave the warehouse.
Orders shipped to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico will require additional shipping fees.
Vive Health Brand Products
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Products purchased used or through unauthorized resellers are not covered.
Each purchase can only receive one guarantee redemption. We can not continually refund, replace or exchange your product.
The term “Lifetime” means the estimated lifetime of the product covered within the specific warranty.
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