What are Bed sores / Pressure Ulcer’s?

Bedsores — also called pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers — are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. This tends to be due to no pressure relieving methods being put in place for the patient.

People most at risk of bedsores have medical conditions that limit their ability to change positions or cause them to spend most of their time in a bed or chair. Depending on their condition the patient may also not be able to tell you if an area on their body is sore.

Pressure ulcers are painful. As a caregiver, one of the most important things you can do to keep your patient comfortable is to prevent one from developing. People with dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, circulation problems and malnutrition are at higher risk.

How to prevent bed sores (pressure ulcers)

You can prevent bed sores by frequent repositioning, however, this method can have a risk factor of injury for the care giver. Whether you work in a hospital / care facility and have multiple patients to look after a day, or care for a loved one at home and have not been properly trained in patient handling, you need to look after your own physical health too.

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That’s where the Alerta addition to our pressure relieving care range comes in.

Pressure relieving mattresses mean better care for the patient, and less patient handling for the carer.

This addition to our pressure care mattress range from Alerta is a perfect solution for any patient or loved one with pressure care needs.

Alerta Ruby 2 imageThe Alerta Ruby 2 is for effective prevention and treatment of users at very high risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

The Alerta Ruby 2 a highly versatile and cost effective solution which has been manufactured to comply with the most stringent quality and in-use guidelines.

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Alerta Sapphire

The Alerta Sapphire 2 is for effective prevention and treatment of users at high risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

With simple to use settings and functionality, the Alerta Sapphire 2 enables the care provider to quickly set up the mattress system and have it operating at optimal pressure for a specific user with ease.

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The Alerta Pearl is an overlay alternating pressure relieving mattress system with 5″ air cells for effective prevention and treatment of users at medium to high risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

The Alerta Pearl has been designed to give care providers the essentials for pressure care and the pump is an entry level pump.

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ALT-500-Caretua

The Alerta Sensaflex 500 is a medium risk profiling foam mattress built with castellated foam.

The sophisticated mattress design provides effective comfort, care and pressure redistribution for users in hospital, nursing and care home environments.

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The Alerta Sensaflex 1000 is a high risk profiling foam mattress built with castellated foam.

The sophisticated mattress design provides effective comfort, care and pressure redistribution for users in hospital, nursing and care home environments.

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The Alerta Sensaflex 3000 is a high risk profiling memory foam mattress.

The sophisticated mattress design provides effective comfort, care and pressure redistribution for users.

There is a bariatric 120cm wide version of this mattress – Alerta Sensaflex 3000/4

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ALT-UND-Caretua

The Alerta Sensaflex Underlay 2 inch Foam Mattress is for use underneath an air mattress system in the event of power failure or the use of CPR.

The underlay provides effective comfort, care and pressure redistribution for users in hospital, nursing and care home environments.

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What type of Pressure Relieving Mattress should I use?

Caretua contact usThe best thing to do if you are unsure which mattress is a right fit for you, is ask for help. Our customer service representatives are happy to help you pick the correct mattress for your patient or loved one. Contact us at Caretua to speak to one of our reps at (01) 4433 390 or email info@caretua.com

 

In the mean time, here is a run down of what each mattress range offers.

Replacement Mattress

Replacement mattresses are sometimes called air or airflow mattresses. They use air cells which inflate and deflate alternately, powered by a pump /control unit. As the cells alternate half the cells deflate and the pressure is removed from that area. As this is a cyclical process all areas of the body experience pressure relief as well as movement.

Overlay Mattress

An overlay Mattress is designed to be placed on top of an already existing mattress. These can be made as air mattresses, gel or foam.

Static Mattress

Static mattresses deliver pressure relief through the use of high quality foam. Combinations of foam are utilised and some are castellated to further reduce shear and friction.

 

*Use ‘Risk Level’ in conjunction with clinical judgement.

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