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How to choose a foam (static) mattress

Foam-based mattresses, as static pressure relieving surfaces, are ideally suited to maintain skin integrity and help prevent pressure injury.

When considering the appropriate foam mattress, you need to consider:

  • Size/dimensions of the bed – eg. Single bed  or King Single bed?
  • Weight of the person
  • Type of foams used.  Typically mattresses are of a 3-layer premium foam construction
    • Super soft memory foam top layer
    • Super high density medium firmness centre support layer
    • Super high density firm feel base layer to prevent bottoming out
    • High resilient, extra firm side rails to ease patient transfer and prevent falls
  • Height of mattress required.  You may wish to select a lower profile mattress if using an air alternating mattress overly.
  • Quality of mattress over.  It should offer :
    • two–way stretch,
    • be vapor permeable,
    • be waterproof,
    • Seams are first stitched for strength, and then welded or tape sealed for maximum infection control
    • be flame retardant to Australian Standards

All mattress products are vacuum packed for economical shipping and compact storage.




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