What is the purpose of an alternating pressure mattress?
This mattress 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 to get up and running with your alternating pressure pad is included with your purchase, nothing additional is required. Each unit includes 1x Air Pump 1x Alternating Pressure Mattress 1x Flexible Air Hose 1x Spare Bladder Replacement 1x Patching Kit 1x One Year Guarantee.
How do I know if my patient needs 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. (People at higher risk are typically: seriously ill; not mobile; 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)
What happens if all air lost due to no electricity, does the mattress deflate?
This is a low air loss mattress and will stay inflated up to 24 hours in the instance of a power outage.
How do I adjust the firmness or softness of my alternating pressure mattress?
The air pressure can be adjusted using the control panel. There are buttons to adjust softness / firmness. For detailed information see manual.
Do the air cells cycle? And how long in between cycles?
Yes they 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.
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?
The mattress works with 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. The mattress will relieve pressure from vulnerable areas so that sores do not develop. We do still recommend traditional further inspection of turning the patient and observing high risk areas regularly, and to not solely rely on the mattress
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 and adjust 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. 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.
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. This feature makes it more comfortable for the patient.
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 mattress does come with a bladder replacement. Also, in the case of a puncture, the unit comes with a patching kit.
What sizes do they come in?
This is a twin size-mattress which fits a standard hospital bed frame. The dimensions of the mattress are 34” x 90” x 8”
Can you fix a punctured tube?
Follow the directions below 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 pair.
How to prevent pressure ulcers or bedsores?
Get as much movement 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.