In most hospitals and extended care facilities, your patients often spend most of their day, and night, in their bed. Being sick is a very stressful time, so by providing a comfortable bed, you’re taking one worry off their shoulders.
Here are several features of medical-grade mattresses to consider:
- Pressure: Are your patients at risk of pressure sores? Look for mattresses that distribute the weight more evenly and comfortably.
- Firmness: Your patients may heal faster or be more comfortable on a firmer, mattress. Mattresses often come in medium, medium-firm, or firm.
- Heat: Consider if heat buildup or patient sweat could be an issue as some mattresses perform better in this area than others (although most medical-grade beds have some form of heat considerations).
- Transfers: Most Essential Medical Products beds are a good choice for bedside stability and prevent entrapment, but note that a few select models have no transfer borders, reducing stability for unassisted transfers.
- Bed Mobility: Ease of movement in bed is a crucial factor in avoiding pressure sores. Mattresses with thick viscoelastic top layers may impair bed mobility for some patients.
- Weight: Most beds have a recommended weight capacity of 300-350 pounds. If you have bariatric patients, look for one with a higher recommended weight rating (like the LTC Bariatric & Ultra Bariatric Mattresses, which are rated for 500-700 lbs).
Don’t forget that you can always add accessories for certain bed frames and patients:
- For wire spring base platforms: Mattress Protector (MBP 500)
- For increased patient in-bed safety: LTC Side Rail Pads, Headboard and Footboard Pads
- For protecting patients from falls: LTC Bedside Security Pads
- For proper patient positioning in bed: LTC Body Positioning Wedges, and Heel Lift Wedges