The correct mattress can play an important, active role in the prevention or treatment of pressure ulcers. Risk assessment is vital in choosing the right mattress, along with consideration of factors such as skin condition and the patient’s prognosis.
An optimum solution for a specific patient can be chosen from a range of pressure redistribution systems offering different modes of action. Available solutions include pressure reduction mattresses that distribute body weight over as great an area as possible. Other mattresses have built-in pressure relieving devices that deflate and inflate supporting cells in an alternating sequence programmed to suit the patient’s needs.