How to choose the right antidecubitus mattress?

An antidecubitus mattress gives a lot of relief to people who are bedridden. Through the use of this type of aid, bedsores caused by friction or abrasion are prevented. This prevents excessive pinching of the skin. However, there are numerous choices you can make when it comes to mattresses, but how do you choose the right anti-decubitus mattress?

Mattress as a medical device

Using an appropriate medical device can make a difference to patients’ quality of life. Consider, for example, the elderly or people with disabilities or illnesses who are forced to spend a lot of time lying in bed. In that case, of course, you want to prevent pressure sores, and a mattress can help with that.

What is an antidecubitus mattress?

We cannot ignore the comfort that comes from an anti-decubitus mattress. In fact, this type of aid helps to prevent bedsores (decubitus). Even if there are developed bedsores, certain types of mattresses can actually promote healing. The mattress reduces the pressure on the skin and provides proper support to the head, trunk, pelvis and feet, among others.

What does good antidecubitus mattress do?

Bos Medical International has been active in the field of decubitus prevention for decades. Based on our expertise, we have made the right selection of mattresses for lying patients. A good anti-decubitus mattress meets at least the following criteria:

  • Minimizes pressure and friction between skin and mattress;
  • Takes into account perspiration and regulates/reduces humidity;
  • And ensures correct recumbency of the patient.
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How to choose the right antidecubitus mattress?

At Bos Medical International, you have a choice of four categories of mattresses. Let’s discuss the options in broad terms below.

Foam mattresses

A first type of mattresses are our foam anti-decubitus mattresses. This is a good choice both in terms of comfort and price. The anti-decubitus foam mattress is often used preventively for patients in, for example, nursing homes, in hospitals and in home care. It is also a comfortable mattress for bedridden patients with a low body weight (less than 40 kg). They often find lying on air mattresses unpleasant.

Hybrid anti-cubitus mattress

A second type of mattress is a hybrid antidecubitus mattress. As the name suggests, this type of mattress combines the benefits of a foam mattress and an air mattress. This ensures that the mattress adapts well to the patient’s body, leading to good lying comfort. Also, the hybrid mattress lowers the risk of pressure sores because of its pressure reducing properties.

Alternating mattress

A third variant is the alternating antidecubitus mattress. This type of antidecubitus mattress is an important aid in preventing or healing bedsores. The alternating (alternating) action of the mattress ensures that the pressure can be regulated properly. The alternating mattress is used for patients with pressure sores, or if there is an increased risk of them.

Low-air loss mattrass

A fourth and final type is a low-air loss antidecubitus mattress. This anti-decubitus aid consists of interconnected pads that contain small air holes. Air slowly flows through the holes, providing a constant change of lying position. This keeps the skin in good condition and reduces the risk of pressure sores. The patient also experiences a high level of lying comfort with this type of mattress.

How to choose the right antidecubitus mattress?

As you can see, there are several options when choosing an antidecubitus mattress. Please feel free to contact our advisors or request a quote directly. As a decubitus specialist we would be happy to advise you on the purchase of anti-decubitus aids.