People with restricted mobility are more likely to develop bedsores (pressure ulcers.) Using a pressure relief mattress helps alleviate this concerns. Consult with your healthcare professional and pay attention to your own needs when making the final decision about using a pressure mattress.
Who Needs Pressure Mattresses?
Patients with mobility issues or who are bedridden for extended period of time are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. These painful sores are the result of extended pressure on soft skin tissue. They occur most commonly where skin covers hard bone near the surface such as shoulder, heel, or hip. They can be worsened by rubbing along the bed linens and the presence of sweat. In addition to being quite painful bedsores can lead to other health issues such as infections. The reduced blood flow to the area makes them difficult to treat and slow to heal.
Because bedsores can be potentially serious, anyone at risk of developing them should consult with a doctor and take preventative measures, including the possible use of specially designed cushions and mattresses.
Minimizing Localized Pressure
The best way to prevent pressure ulcers is to ensure the same parts of the body are not always under pressure by regularly moving and changing positions. In addition, even weight distribution and effective air flow also help prevent bedsores.
Depending on your specific situation, a doctor will determine if your risk for getting a pressure ulcer is low, moderate, high, or very high. The higher your risk, the more important it is to take precautionary measures such as using a pressure relief mattress.
Features of Pressure Relief Mattresses
1. Strength – pressure mattresses are rated based on maximum user weight. For larger patients, bariatric cushions and mattresses can also be used.
2. Breathability – Certain fabric types aid in good air flow and help prevent the buildup of moisture.
3. Hygiene – Some mattresses have specially designed anti-microbial covers. Even without a cover, the mattress should be easy to clean to help reduce the risk of infection.