Pressure relief mattresses help individuals to prevent the formation of pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers. When people are confined to bed for innumerable reasons, this lack of mobility and movement inhibits circulation. The constant contact between the body and the mattress creates pressure spots that pinch off the tiny blood vessels, cutting off oxygen and nutrient delivery to the skin. Pressure ulcers form when the skin is deprived of these nutrients repeatedly. Constant friction or rubbing of the mattress against the skin also leads to bedsores, while staying in the same position that might be stretching or bending blood vessels is another culprit. Individuals who are unable to move and shift position while in bed might also experience excess moisture/sweating which can also lead to the breakdown and integrity of the skin, increasing the risk of pressure ulcers and infection.
The risks of infection and the formation of pressure ulcers can be greatly reduced by employing a pressure relief mattress into the patient's treatment plan. Pressure relief mattresses, support surfaces and overlays come in a wide assortment of styles and sizes with an attendant plethora of various features for every unique patient requirement. Pressure-relieving support surfaces are generally relegated into two basic categories: low-tech devices which include air, gel, fluid or fiber filled mattresses or overlays, and high-tech devices which include alternating pressure (AP), low air loss (LAL), and fluidized air. Rehabmart offers a generous diversity of pressure relief mattresses, overlays and support surfaces specially selected from respected manufacturers that include