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Pressure Care Mattresses Buyers Guide

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Pressure care mattresses that are not alternating air mattresses are known as ‘static mattresses’ whereas alternating air mattresses are often referred to as ‘dynamic systems’.

It is crucial to select the most appropriate mattress for the needs of the user in order to manage correct pressure care. If the user is considered to be at risk of developing a pressure ulcer then there should be an assessment made of the user’s skin. This assessment will identify the risk that he or she is at of developing a pressure sore. It will also identify if there is evidence of early stages of pressure damage. Assessments should be carried out by a trained professional such as a district nurse or tissue viability nurse.

Medium Risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

Medium Risk CFM

Quite often the intended user is not at risk of developing a pressure ulcer so our ‘Medium Risk CFM’ mattress will be perfectly suitable. Comfortable and supplied with a waterproof breathable PU cover which will prevent the ingress of fluid.

Medium – High Risk

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Medium – High Risk CFM-H

If there is the concern that the risk of developing a pressure sore could increase with time and comfort is a concern our Medium – High Risk CFM-H would be a better option as it would be advisable to spend the extra £45 initially rather than buying a second mattress should the need arise.

Even though an assessment suggests that a high risk mattress is not a necessity it will give more comfort and reduce the likelihood of a pressure ulcer developing.

High – Very High Risk Mattress

High Risk CFH (Memory Foam)

High Risk CFH (Foam)

We offer a choice of two high risk mattress. Our CFH mattress has a top layer of memory foam which reduces pressure by softening as a result of the users weight and body temperature. This causes the memory foam layer to mold to the users shape effectively spreading the weight over a larger surface area.

High Risk ZDH (Zoned and Profiled Foam)

High Risk ZDH (Zoned and Profiled Foam)

There can be two drawbacks with memory foam. One is that it retains body temperature which in occasional cases causes sweating generally with those that are prone to sweating in bed anyway. Secondly, those with poor upper body strength may find it difficult to maneuver themselves. The ZDH mattress addresses both of these potential issues. The pressure relieving foam insert layer further reduces pressure due to profiled slots that cut into the top surface.

High – Very High Risk

High – Very High Risk DFM (Castellated Foam to Increase Pressure Redistribution)

If a person is at high to very high risk of developing a pressure sore or they have been treated for a pressure sore and are downgrading from an alternating air mattress they should use our maximum pressure relieving DFM mattress. The top surface is castellated to increase pressure redistribution. The highest quality Combustion Modified High Resilient Foam (CMHR) is used on both the pressure relieving insert layer and the base support layer. Side walls aid patient transfer. The price includes a  durable, multi-stretch, vapour permeable cover and a toughened polyurethane base.

If someone has developed a pressure ulcer it must be treated urgently. The mattresses we have shown do not replace the vital role of a care giver. If it is not possible for the person to turn themselves regularly a carer must carry out this simple but vital task and check for the signs of pressure damage.

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February 5th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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Low Entry Nursing Care Bed

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Our blogDo I need a low entry care bed?describes the difference between a care bed and a low entry care bed but here is a short summary.

The occupant may wake up and feel they are imprisoned by the wooden safety side rails. The confusion may cause panic. If the intended user is considered to be likely to try to climb over the safety side rails for any reason the injury from a fall would be worse than a fall from a much lower height onto a safety floor mat. In this case safety side rails should not be in the raised position.

 

Our Lowest Priced ‘Economy Low Entry Nursing Bed’

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The fact that it is not as beautiful as our other two options is only cosmetic. The fact that it does not have safety cot sides is no longer an issue as they must not necessarily be used. Note. The sleeping position must be the lowest height position possible and a safety floor mat must be used.

Classic Low Entry Nursing Bed WITHOUT safety side rails

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For just an additional £100 you can upgrade the appearance and quality to this ‘Classic low Entry Care Bed’ If the bed is intended for a health authority, care home or nursing home it is the responsibility of a professional to ensure that it is in the lowest position for sleeping and the safety floor mat is in place.

Classic Low Entry Nursing Bed WITH safety side rails

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If for any reason there is a chance that the user may sleep when the bed is not in the lowest position the consequences could be disastrous. In this case the Classic low entry nursing bed WITH safety side rails is a safer option and is better looking as the wooden sides even in the low position give the appearance of an attractive wooden frame. A great advantage of this bed is that if the  user needs attention during the night it can be left in a raised position with the safety side rails in place.

 

Optional Accessories

Safety Floor Mats
Essential for use with the all low entry care beds.

Length Extension kit
If a standard 6’6” (2m) length is a is a little short the bed extension and mattress infill will increase the bed length to 7’2” (2.2m) Complete with longer side rails.

Patient Pole
Allows a patient to reposition themselves when laying or sitting on the nursing bed. Also known as a patient helper or monkey pole.

Height Extension Cot Side Rails
If a thicker than 6” (15cm) mattress is used or there is a higher risk that a patient may try to climb the standard height side rail. Easy to fit.
Increases the height of the side rail by 7 ¼” (18.5cm)
Available in either full or ¾ length (Supplied in pairs)

 

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February 5th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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Do I Need A Low Entry Care Bed?

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What is a low entry care bed and do I need one?

My Gran is a good example of a patient that could have benefited from a low entry nursing bed. Neglected in hospital she tried to climb the cot side to get water. She fell and broke her arm and hip. Being so frail this led to more complications which she did not recover from. Other patients may wake to find themselves encaged by the wooden side rails, confusion leads to panic and an attempt to climb the side rails. Risk assessments carried out conclude that in certain risk situations it may be far safer to use the bed in a very low sleeping position. Do not use the cot sides but instead place a safety floor mat beside the bed. If the user rolls or falls out of bed hopefully the height is so small that no harm is done.

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Shown in the two images is the difference between the ‘Classic nursing care bed’ which has a height adjustment of 40cm – 80cm (15 ¾” – 31 ½”) from the floor to the bottom of the mattress.

All three of our low entry nursing beds have a height adjustment of 23cm – 63cm (9” – 24 ¾”)
A full 6 ¾” lower.

A pressure relieving mattress will be added but in reality as a patient would roll to the edge of the nursing care mattress it will compress to the point that its own height is negligible.

A Safety Floor Mat must be used with a low entry nursing bed.
Reducing the height of the fall and cushioning the fall. We have two options available, one flat and one folding for easy storage.
Every one of our care beds is a height adjustable bed
lifting and handling regulations need to be observed when professional care givers are employed. Even if you are caring for somebody yourself it is advisable to have a height adjustable bed to save straining your back. The easy to use handset will raise the nursing bed to a height that is comfortable and safe.

All of our adjustable beds and nursing care beds are also fully profiling
The same handset will control the head end to the correct position for the best sleeping position or for reading and watching TV. It is also important to be able to control the foot end to help with poor circulation. The cradling effect reduces pressure on the lower back and prevents slipping to the bottom of the bed.

We have a range of three low entry nursing care beds. Click here to view.

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February 5th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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Care Bed Buyers Guide

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The fact that you are reading this means either you or someone you know has health problems which could range from a simple short term mobility issue such as a hip replacement to end of life care avoiding the acute hospital setting.

The care bed often referred to as a nursing bed can give more comfort, is easier to operate and can be an attractive piece of furniture in its own right in comparison to a pre-used hospital bed from the community loan store.

Our Classic Care Bed

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By far our most popular nursing bed.
Head and foot end actuators are enclosed in the beautifully finished beech effect head and foot end panels.
The matching cot sides are functional in the raised position and when lowered give the appearance of a wooden bed frame.
Easy to operate, fully height adjustable and fully profiling. Exceptionally good price.

Home Style Adjustable Beds

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  • The advantages are appearance.
  • Choice of colours
  • Option of headboards if required.
  • Option of storage drawers if required.
  • Deeper 8” (20cm) mattresses than nursing care beds giving more comfort.
  • Available as two adjustable beds linked side by side.
  • Should you want one or both beds to be height adjustable beds a more specialized mechanism is used. This adds to the price making it slightly more expensive than our nursing care beds.

Bariatric Care Bed

Our nursing beds are solidly built for a safe working load of 175kg, Take off the mattress and consider someone’s weight may fluctuate. 160kg (25 stone)

If the bed is intended for someone over this weight then you will need our bariatric bed and possibly our bariatric mattress which also has a weight guide of up to 250kg (40 stone)

 

Why do you want a height adjustable bed?

So many nurses and carers suffer with back problems as a result of lifting and turning patients. If a professional care worker is employed lifting and handling regulations need to be observed. It is not just for professional carers but anyone giving care. Simply press the button and the bed will rise to a height that is comfortable and safe for you to tend to a patient, friend or relative.

All of our adjustable beds and nursing care beds are also fully profiling. That means that using the handset you can raise the head end to the desired position for comfort, reading, watching TV etc. Raising the foot end is also important for circulation and also has a cradling effect reducing pressure on the lower back and also preventing sliding to the foot end of the bed.

 

Our lowest priced nursing care bed (Also Low Entry)

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Not so good looking but saving £50 is our economy Low entry nursing bed. Not supplied with cot sides it must always be put in the lowest position for sleeping and must be used in combination with a safety floor mat. This bed comes into its own for price if you do require a low entry care bed.

 

Optional Accessories

 

Safety Floor Mats

Essential for use with the ‘Economy low Bed’

Length Extension Kit

If a standard 6’6” (2m) length is a is a little short the bed extension and mattress infill will increase the bed length to 7’2” (2.2m) Complete with longer side rails.

Patient Pole

Allows a patient to reposition themselves when laying or sitting on the nursing bed. Also known as a patient helper or monkey pole.

Height Extension Cot Side Rails

If a thicker than 6” (15cm) mattress is used or there is a higher risk that a patient may try to climb the standard height side rail. Easy to fit.

Increases the height of the side rail by 7 ¼” (18.5cm)

Available in either full or ¾ length (Supplied in pairs)

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February 5th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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