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Pressure Relief Mattresses & Pads-

Freeship Pressure relief mattress and bed pad systems prevent pressure ulcers, commonly called bed sores or pressure sores, by dispersing pressure away from bone protrusions via alternating pressure. Most systems utilize air chambers in their mattresses or pads. Read our Buyers Guide for help finding the right product.

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Med Aire Variable Pressure Pump and Deluxe Pad System

PG#: 00006v14001EFD     By: Drive

Med Aire alternating pressure mattress pad and pump system. Includes deluxe pad (end flaps) and variable pressure pump.

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Medline Aero-Pulse Heavy-Duty Alternating Air Mattress Pad and Pump

PG#: 00003vMSC80700A     By: Medline Industries

Medline 16-gauge vinyl pressure relief mattress pad with pump prevents bed sores.

was $125.32


Airone Alternating Pressure Pump and Pad Set

PG#: 00003vMSCAIRONE     By: Airone

Alternating air mattress by Medline. Prevents bed sores by reducing pressure using air pockets that alternately fill and empty. Pump included.

was $86.66


Convoluted Foam Bed Pads - Home Bed Sized

PG#: 000015vF9010E     By: Essential Medical

Home bed sized foam egg create mattress pads. Various thicknesses and sizes available.



Thera Pad Extra Thick Eggcrate Bed Pad (4 Inch)

PG#: 00002v38004     By: Complete Medical

Extra thick eggcrate-style bed pad. Increases comfort & prevents pressure sores.



Medline Aeroflow II Static Air Mattress With Hand Pump

PG#: 00003vMSC061000     By: Medline Industries

Comes with hand pump. 34 x 76 when inflated



Therapeutic 5 Zone Support Replacement Mattress

PG#: 00001vFG15019     By: Drive

Deluxe, deep foam mattress intended for the prevention of pressure related bed sores and ulcers.



Med Aire Low Air Loss Alternating Pressure Mattress Overlay with Pump

PG#: 00006v14025N     By: Drive

The product is designed to be used in the prevention, treatment and management of pressure ulcers.

was $466.65

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Protekt Aire 4000 Alternating Mattress System

PG#: 00001vLV80040     By: Protekt

Protekt Aire 4000 Alternating/Low Air Loss Mattress System, 1st defense for facilities to treat pressure ulcers stages I-IV.



DMI Radial Cut Memory Foam Pillow

PG#: 000041v554-8011-4300     By: DMI

Radial Cut Memory Foam Pillow Supports head and neck for optimal comfort and helps promote proper spine alignment

was $66.65


Premium Guard Static Air Mattress Overlay By Drive

PG#: 00006v14428     By: Drive

Unique construction allows for efficient air flow throughout mattress for use in the treatment and prevention of pressure sores.


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Variable Pressure Pump and Pad by Drive

PG#: 00006v14001E     By: Drive

Med Aire alternating pressure mattress pad and pump system. Includes standard pad (no flaps) and variable pressure pump.


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Med Aire Standard Bubble Pad

PG#: 00006v14003     By: Drive

Standard Pad Only 78


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Med Aire Alternating Pressure Mattress Replacement System

PG#: 00006v14027     By: Drive

The system provides alternating pressure and is designed to be used in the prevention, treatment and management of Pressure Ulcers.


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Med Aire Fixed Pressure Pump and Deluxe Pad

PG#: 00006v14002E     By: Drive

130 individual bubble cells for maximum comfort and effectiveness. Quiet pump technology alternately inflates and deflates the pads air cells.


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Gel Foam Mattress Overlay

PG#: 00001vINVIVCGFMO2     By: Invacare

3.5 inch thick mattress overlay helps prevent and treat pressure ulcers. Vapor permeable waterproof cover with low friction and shear.



Medline Aero-Pulse Pressure Pad

PG#: 00003vMSC80706     By: Medline Industries

Pad replacement for Medline Aero Pulse system. Pad Only.



Relief-Care Pro Dual-Zone Foam Mattress with SMT

PG#: 00002vHTM84     By: Complete Medical

Uses advanced Surface Modification Technology to create a clinically effective support surface.



Dry Flotation Mattress Overlay-4 Section

PG#: 00002vMATTSYSC     By: Complete Medical

Non-powered support surface for healing stage II, III & IV ischemic ulcers.



Premium Guard Water Mattress By Drive

PG#: 00006v14400     By: Drive

Three water baffles enhance movement and support to reduce pressure and conform to varying body weights.


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Med Aire Deluxe Pad with End Flaps Only By Drive

PG#: 00006v14003-EF     By: Medi-Aire

Pressure Prevention Support Surface Mattress Overlay.



Med Aire Low Air Loss Alternating Pressure Mattress Replacement

PG#: 00006v14029DP     By: Drive

Mattress replacement only.


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Med Aire Alternating Pressure Mattress Replacement-Large

PG#: 00006v14029     By: Drive

Pressure Prevention Support Surface Replacement Low Air Loss Mattress Systems


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Choosing The Best Pressure Relief Mattresses & Pads

 One of the many side effects of prolonged bed rest is developing pressure ulcers or, as they’re commonly known, bed sores—areas of skin that first redden and then can turn into open sores that, if untreated, become infected. Pressure ulcers are identified by their stage of development, from Stage 1 to Stage IV, increasing in severity. Typical areas of skin affected are those over bony parts of the body—it might be hard to imagine that simply laying in bed can produce such a reaction, but all it takes is the pressure of bone against skin against the flat surface of a typical mattress to alter the natural flow of blood that nourishes skin.

Studies have shown that in hospital and long-term care facilities alike, up to a third of patients develop bed sores. In addition to changing position frequently, lying on a pressure relief mattress can help enormously. Pressure points can be protected by either pressure-reducing surfaces, such as a static air pressure mattress, or pressure-relieving surfaces, such as an alternating air pressure mattress. A pressure reduction device reduces pressure, though not as much as a pressure relief mattress.

Once ulcers have developed, in most cases only a pressure relief mattress combined with skin protection and wound-healing measures will help.

Prevention Is Best

The best approach is to prevent ulcers from happening in the first place. If bed rest is part of recuperation from illness or if your nightly sleep position creates uncomfortable pressure points, a bed sore mattress like the Thera Pad Extra Thick 4 Inch Eggcrate Bed Pad can help prevent pressure sores.

Another choice is a water and gel mattress pad to reduce interface pressure while providing a cooler, more comfortable sleeping surface. Look for an internal baffle design that balances your body in the center of the mattress while eliminating the traditional water mattress rocking effect; good designs are often made from anti-microbial, medical grade vinyl.

If you want more than pressure reduction, investigate a pressure relief mattress system. An alternating pressure relief mattress is often is divided into several compartments that are alternately inflated and deflated by an electrical pump. The Alternating Pressure Relief Bubble Pad System from Invacare is a 2.5" thick mattress with a pump specifically designed for therapy treatment and prevention of Stage l pressure sores. The control knob turns the unit on and off and adjusts the comfort range in 8 levels.

Another option is a full mattress replacement.  Invacare’s Alternating Pressure Relief Mattress Replacement System is an 8" thick mattress that aids in the treatment of pressure sores in Stages I and II. The pump features a clip-on hanger, adjustable comfort range, visible normal and low pressure indicators and a static function to suspend the alternating mode. Cycle time is 8 minutes with pressure ranges from 30-50 mmHg. The mattress has twenty interchangeable, individual 8" nylon/polyurethane air bladders for easy cleaning and maintenance and features an emergency CPR valve and quick connector for easy operation.

The Therapeutic Foam 5 Zone Pressure Reduction Support Mattress by Drive Medical is a deluxe, deep foam mattress also designed to prevent pressure related bed sores and ulcers. Its mattress features an egg crate top layer to reduce painful pressure points and increases comfort and support. The removable nylon cover reduces friction and minimizes resistance to ensure optimal skin integrity; it’s also breathable, waterproof, machine washable and anti-microbial.

Once bed sores develop, a more sophisticated air pressure mattress system may be needed. The Roho Dry Floatation Mattress Overlay-4 Section [1964] has four individually adjustable 20" x 34" sections with rows of soft, interconnected, air-filled cells that conforms precisely to the contours of the body, providing "passive compression therapy" against the skin. This allows for enhanced blood flow to the wound site, maximizing the healing process.

Be sure to ask your doctor for guidance on the right pressure mattress to prevent and/or manage bed sores if you will be in bed for a prolonged period of time.