What is an Alternating Pressure Mattress?
An alternating pressure mattress
is a hospital medical air mattress
that is designed for the treatment and prevention of bedsores and decubitus ulcers. Alternating pressure therapy uses pressure redistribution that stimulates blood flow to nourish the skin. The alternating pressure mattress system
uses cells or air bladders to inflate and deflate under the patient. When the cell deflates it changes and reduces pressure allowing increased blood flow and circulation to the skin and tissue. The PM8080 alternating pressure mattress
is the most popular alternating pressure mattress which is used in hospitals and nursing home facilities.
Why Do I Need An Alternating Pressure Mattress?
Patients need alternating support surfaces to help get blood to the skin.
This is critical when a patient is sitting or lying down and cannot move much.
The skin can breakdown without adequate blood flow, oxygen or nutrients.
Please read our article about alternating pressure education
for more information!