Pressure Sores: Pressure-Relieving Devices and Supports
Several pressure-relieving devices and supports can be used to
prevent or treat
pressure sores. These include:
Special foam overlays for mattresses. Talk to
your doctor about where to get this special foam for medical
"Air-fluidized" support, which forces air through a special
covering on the bed to make it softer or more like liquid. The air can be
turned alternately on and off, to periodically relieve the pressure. This
device can be used in a bed or on an operating table.
sheepskin overlays on mattresses. Talk to your doctor about where to get this
special sheepskin for medical use.
Constant low-pressure supports,
such as mattresses, overlays, and cushions made of high-density or contoured
foam that can be filled with air, water, beads, or fiber. These supports help
distribute body weight evenly and may relieve contact pressure.
air-loss beds, which have inflatable upright sacs made of a special fabric in
their mattresses. The inflated sacs help distribute body weight more evenly
over the mattress and may relieve pressure on the skin.
The foam called "egg crate," with bumps that look like the inside of an egg carton, has been used in the past. But egg-crate foam has not been shown to help prevent or treat pressure sores.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerMargaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine
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