Bedsore prevention and treatment by special bedsores mattresses
The following types of bed sore prevention mattresses are available at hospitals and nursing homes and should be used to prevent and treat bed sores (pressure ulcers or decubitus wounds):
1. Gel Overlay Bedsore Mattress: A gel overlay mattress distributes pressure evenly throughout the mattress. A bedsore gel overlay mattress also reduces friction due to its soft gel inside. This prevents skin tears and further skin breakdown. A bedsore gel mattress cover can be fitted on top of a normal mattress.
2. Bedsore Foam Mattress: A foam mattress works similar to a gel bedsore mattress. The specialized bedsore foam mattress reduces pressure by evenly disbursing the patient’s weight throughout the mattress. In a normal pressure relieving foam mattress, there are multiple layers of foam for maximum pressure reduction. A specialized pressure reducing foam mattress can be used as a standalone mattress.
3. Bedsore Prevention Alternating Pressure Pad Mattress: This is the most advanced of the pressure relieving bedsore mattresses. With an Alternating Pressure Mattress, the mattress actually inflates and deflates in randomized area, constantly changing the point of pressure on the patient’s skin. This specialized air loss pressure mattress can be placed on top of a normal mattress. While largely effective, many patients complain that it is hard to sleep on a alternating pressure pad mattress.
There are 2 subparts to the above alternating pressure mattress:
- Bedsore Preventing Low Air Loss Mattress: This bedsore prevention mattress floats the patient on constantly changing oxygen-filled chambers. While the patient is sleeping on the low air loss bedsore mattress, the chambers circulate air across the skin to reduce moisture and help maintain an even amount of pressure points. A specialized low air loss bedsore mattress like this uses ~150 liters of air per minute to maintain normal skin temperature and moisture levels. This works twofold for the patient with bedsores — it helps reduce pressure on the skin and maintains skin moisture and turgor.
- Lateral Rotation Bedsore Mattress: A lateral motion bedsore mattress manually rotates the patient from side to side in order to reduce pressure on the skin. This bedsore mattress is also highly effective but makes resting comfortably a challenge. A rotating bedsore mattress like this is recommended if the patient is truly unable to turn and reposition themselves in bed.
Whatever specialized pressure reducing mattress you choose, make sure your loved one receives some kind of bedsore mattress to prevent and treat bedsores. Hospitals and nursing homes have these specialized low air loss mattress there for susceptible patients. Generally, if a nursing home or hospital fails to provide a pressure relieving mattress to an at-risk patience, it is negligent and can lead to a bedsore lawsuit.
Contact our bedsore lawyers to learn more about your rights in obtaining specialized low air loss bedsore mattresses.