Posted by American College of Physicians on 13th Dec 2016
In the above article, the ACP recommends:
"For patients who are at increased risk of developing bedsores, ACP recommends that physicians choose an advanced static mattress (a mattress made of foam or gel that does not move when a person lies on it) or an advanced static overlay (a material such as sheepskin or a pad filled with air, water, gel, or foam that is secured to the top of a bed mattress), which are associated with a lower risk of bedsores compared to standard hospital mattresses. Advanced static mattresses and overlays are also less expensive than alternating air or low-air-loss mattresses and they can be used as part of multicomponent approach to bedsore prevention."
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Patients at risk for pressure ulcers should receive advanced static mattresses or advanced static overlays instead of traditional hospital mattresses, as they have been shown to lower the risk for pressure ulcers, and are deemed more cost-effective. In contrast, the ACP advises against using alternating-air mattresses or alternating-air overlays, as there is no strong evidence [...]
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