What is an Alternating Pressure Mattress and how does it work? Alternating pressure therapy uses pressure redistribution that stimulates blood flow to nourish the skin. The cells on the mattress inflate and deflate under the patient at a predetermined or adjustable cycle time. This allows time for blood flow to reach the skin healing and preventing bedsores. Some Alternating Pressure systems offer an adjustable cycle. Adjustable cycles can be beneficial in pain management and healing. It allows the caretaker the ability to control the cycles to promote blood flow to the skin and adjust for pain management.
Low air loss works with the alternating pressure and adds an additional therapy designed to prevent the patient from sweating and getting hot. Low air loss circulates room temperature air through laser holes in the mattress reducing heat and moisture build up on the skin.
Static features can be found on most alternating pressure systems. Placing the mattress into a static mode suspends the alternating feature of the mattress allowing the patient to safely transfer in or out of bed. Using the static button not only safely protects the patient from falls it all can increase the life of the mattress when used as the patient enters and exits the bed.
The PM8080 is the most popular alternating pressure mattress in hospitals and nursing home facilities. It is designed for treatment healing up to stage 4 bedsores.
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