Treating pressure ulcers with an Alternating Pressure Mattress or a Lateral Rotation Mattress, which is the right choice for your needs.
Often we take calls from people requesting a Lateral Rotation Mattress System. When asked if a medical professional suggested lateral rotation therapy for the prevention or treatment of a pressure ulcer, the answer is most often "NO, I found it online. The nurse turns me on my side every two hours and I this is what I need". Logical however, not always accurate.
What is a lateral rotation mattress system?. Lateral Rotation, also known as a turning mattress, is a mattress that "turns" the patient side to side to redistribute pressure. Much in the way that nursing staff would reposition/turn a patient slightly on their side to help prevent pressure ulcers. Care givers in the home setting assume that a lateral rotation mattress is a powered mattress that replicates manual turning (pressure reiief to prevent pressure ulcers) in the hospital setting. However, this is not always the case. While a lateral rotation mattress does help prevent and treat stages I-IV pressure ulcers, an Alternating Pressure Mattress with Low Air Loss may be a more approriate and more economical choice to treat and prevent stages I-IV pressure ulcers.
When evaluating if a Lateral Rotation Mattress system is a more appropriate choice than an Alternating Pressure Mattress to prevent or treat a stage I-IV pressure ulcer please consider the following factors:
- Is the Patient immobile or unconscious?
- Does the Patient predominately lay flat?
- Does the Patient have respiratory issues?
If the answer is YES to all three of these conditions then a Lateral Rotation Mattress System may be more appropriate than Alternating Pressure with Low Air Loss. However, if the patient wants to prevent or treat a stage I-IV pressure ulcer and:
- Patient is often at an incline position
- Does NOT have repiratory issues
An Alternating Pressure Mattress may be a more appropriate and more cost effective solution.
When choosing the best therapy for wound prevention or treatment, it is always be to consult with a medical professional For more product information please contact Comforts Best from 8am - 11pm est at 888 450-0045.
None of the information above is meant to diagnose or treat any condition. Always refer to your physician when seeking medical advice.