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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

Medium - High Risk CFM-H

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.

Written by British Care Supplies

February 5th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Posted in Buyers Guide

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