Pressure relief mattresses

Pressure relief mattresses

Listed here are mattresses with pressure relieving properties.

Materials used for pressure relieving mattresses include foam; memory foam; gel; water; low air loss and alternating air systems.

Using a pressure relief mattress may be less expensive than a pressure relieving bed, and they may be used with an existing bed frame.

Help and advice

Consultation with a health care professional, such as a community nurse, before purchasing any pressure reducing equipment is strongly advised. Cancer Research UK have more information on Dealing with Pressure Sores which includes discussion of cushions and mattresses.

Some of these mattresses require ongoing maintenance and adjustment. Care needs to be taken that the pressure relieving features are not compromised by the use of bedding or incontinence devices. Ideally, anything used should be two-way stretch and vapour permeable. Care should also be taken to avoid creases in the sheets.

Be aware that if a mattress or overlay is too soft or thin, it may become compressed, allowing the skin to come into contact with the surface beneath, thus removing any pressure reducing qualities. This is called bottoming out.

You may wish to read our information on the causes of pressure ulcers.

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