These mattress systems have bladders positioned laterally or length-wise that slowly deflate and inflate, one at a time. This keeps the pressure points alternating throughout body.
Alternating pressure therapy uses pressure redistribution to stimulate blood flow, blood nourishes the skin. The air cells on the mattress slowly 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 skin breakdown or bedsores.
If youíve heard of any air mattress, itís probably Invacare. It isnít the only good option, but itís the leading name brand and an excellent choice. The Invacare microAir MA65 and microAir MA55 models have been the leading sellers for a good while here in the U.S.
Some models offer both Alternating Pressure and Low-Air-Loss modes available in one mattress system (hybrids).
Alternating Pressure Mattress Systems
Alternating Pressure Mattress with Pump:
Alternating Pressure therapy is ideal for prevention and in most cases the treatment of mild to moderate skin issues. But for non-mobile patients, those that do not move themselves while in bed, effective treatment usually means Low-Air-Loss Therapy. Especially in the case of existing skin breakdown, Low Air Loss will help keep wounds dry and on their way to healing.
At PHC, we've spent countless hours researching therapy mattress systems, to make sure we can help you make your mattress decisions. When you call PHC, you talk to a Sales Engineer that's well-versed in all aspects of therapy mattress - from basic questions to getting it all set up and working - and we're here to help you every step of the way. From before-the-sale questions to service and support after the sale, PHC is there with you every step of the way. Call PHC first - no one knows alternating pressure and low air loss mattress systems like we do!
How Alternating Pressure Mattress works:
Alternates inflation and deflation of cells to constantly change pressure points and promote circulation.
Want to know more? Learn How Alternating Pressure and other Therapy Mattress Systems work. See our Therapy Mattress Guide