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Memory Foam vs Alternating Pressure Mattress for Preventing Bed Sores

Friday, April 5, 2019 10:29:42 AM America/New_York

When choosing a mattress for a person with limited mobility, it is important to understand the importance the mattress plays in that person's health, particularly of the skin. Bed sores can quickly form when prolonged pressure between the body and the mattress impedes blood flow to the skin. Without proper blood flow, the skin will breakdown. For those with limited mobility, preventing bed sores via a mattress that helps redistribute pressure is essential. How does one determine if a memory foam mattress or alternating pressure mattress is most appropriate?

Memory Foam vs Alternating Pressure Mattress for Preventing Bed Sores

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Preventing Pressure Sores in People with Muscular Dystrophy

Saturday, March 23, 2019 3:43:07 AM America/New_York

For people with Muscular Dystrophy particularly Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy whose condition limits mobility, muscle tone, cognition and confines them to a wheelchair. pressure ulcers are a common risk. Although many people with MD face similar challenges, surprisingly there are limited options to help address these common issues. However, there is now a series of therapeutic wheelchair and recliner cushions developed for the prevention and treatment of stages I-IV sores. These cushions were developed specifically to meet the needs of those with conditions that limit mobility.

preventing pressure sores with muscular dystrophy

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Questions to ask when purchasing an Alternating Mattress System

Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:04:31 AM America/New_York

Questions to ask when purchasing an Alternating Mattress System

The differences between alternating pressure mattress systems.

Pressure sores are a significant health risk for people with limited mobility. Prevention or treatment is essential often via the use of an alternating pressure mattress. With a plethora of alternating pressure low air loss mattresses on the market all claiming to be effective, how does the average consumer know which one to purchase?

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Tip for preventing bed sores and pain in a recliner

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:50:25 PM America/New_York

Tips for the prevention & treatment of bed sores in a recliner or lift chair. 

For people with limited mobility, sleeping or spending their day in a hospital bed is not always possible. Limited mobility or the inability to reposition oneself, increases the possibility and incidence of bed sores and potentially devastating infection. Below are several tips on how to prevent and help heal bed sores and pain in a home recliner or lift chair.

tips to prevent & treat bed sore in recliner of lift chair

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Alternating Pressure Coccyx Cushion Prevent & Treat Recurring Tailbone Bed Sores

Friday, September 28, 2018 2:29:45 PM America/New_York

Newest Innovation - Prevent & Heal Sores on the Tailbone - Alternating Pressure Coccyx Cushion 

Bed sores in the sacrum and coccyx are often the quickest to develop and most difficult to treat. There are limited therapeutic options to address these types of injuries and fewer options for those who are less mobile. However, new developments in therapeutic support surfaces offer hope for the prevention and treatment of recurring bed sores in the coccyx / tailbone and sacrum.

 

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Study Finds ALS Patients At Greater Risk of Developing Pressure Sores

Saturday, July 21, 2018 4:41:57 PM America/New_York

Study Finds Higher Risk of Pressure Sores in ALS Patients; Women, Young More Vulnerable.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are at increased risk for having pressure sores. Findings showed this risk is especially high for women and young patients.

ALS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION

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Choosing the Best Alternating Pressure Mattress

Monday, June 4, 2018 8:24:38 PM America/New_York

Choosing the Best Alternating Pressure Mattress

Choosing the Best Alternating Pressure Mattress 

With so many alternating pressure mattresses on the market, choosing the Best Alternating Pressure Mattress system is a daunting task. The most important consideration is the therapeutic needs of the patient.

In the prevention and treatment of pressure sores, patient need is determined by the patient’s health care provider.  However, a wound care specialist may be more qualified to accurately suggest the best equipment for healing and prevention. This is made a little more complex by the plethora of alternating pressure mattress systems on the market.

Many alternating pressure mattresses look similar, make the same claims and can vary widely in price range however, there are significant differences between the features, functions and benefits. Here is a background and are a few things to look for:

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How to Address the Five Factors that Lead to Bed Sores in a Home Recliner

Monday, March 19, 2018 3:05:08 AM America/New_York

prevent bed sores in home recliner

The skin is the body's largest organ receiving greater than 30% of the body’s blood circulation. When you are healthy and circulation is normal, your skin is tough, pliable and protects us from infection. Despite this resiliency, for persons of limited mobility whose condition affects circulation the skin can become susceptible to breakdown.

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How to Prevent Pressure Ulcers At Home

Saturday, February 3, 2018 12:20:24 PM America/New_York

Prevent pressure ulcers at home

Pressure ulcers can happen in every setting. Almost 1/5th of pressure ulcers develop at home. For those who are confined to bed or to a chair for more than one week, the incidence rises. Proper medical attention, nutrition, care and therapeutic medical equipment is essential. Knowledge is one of the most important factors.

Pressure ulcers are not only painful and very difficult to treat but they can be fatal. "Pressure ulceration in elderly patients is associated with a fivefold increase in mortality" (nih.gov).

Preventing bed sores at home is key!

Treating pressure ulcers at home involves:

  • Reducing pressure on the affected skin
  • Caring for the wounds
  • Controlling pain
  • Preventing infection
  • Maintaining good nutrition
    (mayoclinic.com
This article will address reducing pressure to prevent pressure ulcers.
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Alternating Pressure Mattress with Remote Control

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 4:02:42 PM America/New_York

 alternating pressure mattress with remote control

Traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) is a significant cause of disability, with profound physical, functional and emotional consequences. While TSCI does not exclusively compromise the life of the individual after the incident, the decrease in functional independence has the greatest impact on many individuals. However, many TSCI patients want to be self-reliant to control their own comfort or to be part of the care giving process which includes the prevention of pressure ulcers. A new therapeutic mattress innovation was made specifically to address the needs of people with TSCI or debilitating conditions that has limited their mobility not their independence.

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