Airflow Mattresses

If you're looking for a healthcare solution that offers superior pressure relief care, look no further than Shelden Healthcare. Our airflow mattresses, otherwise known as pressure mattresses, are designed to provide the highest degree of protection for bedridden or low-mobility patients who are at high risk of developing pressure ulcers.

Each airflow mattress is equipped with alternating air cells that provide support and relieve pressure in specific areas of the body. This ensures that your patient is comfortable and less likely to develop bedsores. With Shelden Healthcare, you can rest assured knowing that your patients are receiving the best possible care.

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Airflow Mattress Buying Guide

When it comes to mattresses, there are a lot of options to choose from. Therefore we have put together this simple buying guide to help you understand the benefits of Airflow pressure relieving mattresses and the key features to look for when purchasing one. By the end of this guide, we hope you will know if an Airflow mattress is right for you and the many benefits it can provide you or your loved one during care.

What is an airflow mattress?

An airflow mattress is a medical device that helps prevent pressure ulcers (bed sores) by providing constant airflow to keep the skin cool and dry. It is usually used in hospital or care environments for patients who are unable to move around or change position easily on their own. The mattress has tiny holes all over it that allow air to flow through, and it is covered with a special fabric that allows the skin to breathe. Airflow mattresses can be used for both short-term and long-term care, and they are often used in conjunction with other methods of pressure ulcer prevention such as pressure pads and repositioning patients regularly.

Key features of an Airflow mattress

Airflow pressure relieving mattresses have a number of special features specifically for improving patient comfort and helping to prevent further injury or bed sores. The key features of an Airflow mattress include:

  • A waterproof cover to protect the mattress and prevent leaks.
  • A number of small holes in the surface of the mattress to allow air to flow freely.
  • A low-friction surface to help reduce the very high risk of discomfort and bedsores.
  • Firmness adjustment in air cells for optimal comfort and support.
  • Alternating pressure for improved circulation.
  • Static head section for proper alignment and support.
  • Secured foot section to prevent sliding and unnecessary movement.
  • Low profile design to fit easily into standard hospital beds.
  • Pump typically included for easy use in multiple locations depending on individual needs and circumstances. 

Ultimately, the Airflow mattress is a great choice for people who are bedridden or have limited mobility, and may require a little extra care in bed.

Are airflow mattresses good?

Airflow mattresses provide pressure relief and support. They are specifically designed to increase air circulation around the body, which can help to prevent very high risk bedsores. They can also help to regulate body temperature, keeping patients comfortable. For these reasons they are especially good in hospital and long term care settings. They are even good for injury recovery due to their adjustable and pressure relieving properties. While not necessarily essential, we highly recommend them for providing a large variety of care benefits.

Benefits of an Airflow Mattress

Airflow mattresses are designed to improve air circulation around the body and prevent the build-up of moisture and heat. They are often used in hospital or care environments where very high risk bedsores can be a problem. They can also:

  • Reduce skin breakdown around injuries or for those who have sensitive skin.
  • Improve comfort during care.
  • Reduce the risk of blood clots.
  • Help with healing after surgery.
  • Provide a cooler sleeping surface due to the airflow through the mattress.
  • Offer support and relief by preventing pressure on painful areas.

Why is pressure relieving equipment important?

Pressure-relieving equipment is extremely important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it provides comfort to those who use it. Pressure sores can be incredibly painful and uncomfortable, so having a good pressure-relieving mattress or cushion can make a huge difference to those who are suffering.

Second, pressure-relieving equipment helps to keep patients safe. When patients are unable to move around on their own, they are at risk of developing injury and infection. This can lead to serious health problems, and in some cases may even be fatal. By using pressure-relieving equipment, we can help to prevent these complications from occurring.

Finally, pressure-relieving equipment helps to keep patients clean and hygienic. They are typically designed with an easy to clean, antibacterial cover meaning they are much more appropriate for those with pressure sores or who may be recovering from injury.

What is a pressure sore?

A pressure sore is a painful condition that can result from sitting or lying in the same position for too long. They most commonly occur for older people especially in hospitals and care environments. The constant pressure on the same spot cuts off blood flow to the area, causing tissue damage. In serious cases, pressure sores can lead to infections that can be life-threatening.

Prevention is key when it comes to pressure sores and if you, or a loved on in your care, do develop a pressure sore, it is important to seek medical attention right away.

How does an air mattress prevent pressure sores?

An Airflow mattress can help prevent pressure sores by evenly distributing weight and pressure on the surface of the mattress. This helps to keep blood flowing and prevents areas from being compressed for extended periods of time. Additionally, many air mattresses have a built-in pump that makes it easy to adjust the firmness or softness of the mattress, which can also help to relieve pressure points.

Is an Airflow Mattress For You?

If you are looking for a mattress for a hospital or care environment, then yes there is a strong chance that the Airflow mattress is perfect for you! In addition to all the benefits already outlined above, the mattress is made with a soft, absorbent top layer that traps moisture and prevents the growth of bacteria and spread of infection. The bottom layer is made with a special fabric that allows air to flow freely, keeping you or your patient cool and comfortable while in bed for prolonged periods of time.

Other Key Considerations

When considering which Airflow mattress to buy, there are a few key factors you'll want to keep in mind. Firstly, consider the size of the bed. You'll want to make sure that the mattress is large enough to accommodate the patient comfortably. Secondly, take into account the type of material the mattress is made from. Some materials are more durable than others and can stand up to more wear and tear. 

Finally, consider your budget. Airflow mattresses can range in price depending on features and quality. By keeping these key considerations in mind, you'll be able to find the perfect hospital airflow mattress for your needs! If you need advice on which Airflow mattress is right for you or would like to learn more about our extensive range of pressure relieving equipment, get in touch now! Our friendly team is more than happy to help.