Alternating Pressure Pad (2024)

What is the purpose of an alternating pressure mattress pad?

Providing relief from bed sores and other skin problems caused by extended bedrest, the alternating pressure mattress pad sits on top of your existing mattress and promotes increased circulation while reducing skin breakage. The variable pressure mattress pad evenly distributes body weight to relieve pressure spots for exceptional support and comfort. Perfect for immobilized or weak patients who cannot shift their weight frequently.

What is included with my purchase? Do I need to purchase anything in addition?

Everything you need to get up and running is included with your purchase. Nothing additional is required.

Each unit includes

  • Alternating Pressure Pump
  • Alternating Pressure Pad
  • Flexible Air Hose
  • Patch Kit
  • Instruction Manual
  • One Year Guarantee on Pump
  • 60 Day Guarantee on Pad
  • How do I know if my patient needs an alternating pressure mattress pad?

    An alternating pressure mattress pad should be used for patients who are likely to spend more than 15 hours per day in bed or who are classified as medium to high risk of developing pressure ulcers, or bedsores. People at higher risk are typically: seriously ill; not mobile; have spinal cord injury; do not eat a proper diet; wear prosthesis; smoke; are incontinent of stool or urine; have diabetes; have COPD or heart failure; have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or heart failure; or have a broken hip or have had a recent hip surgery.

    How does my alternating pressure mattress pad work?

    The alternating pressure pad uses the distribution of air that cycles between cells to stimulate blood flow and distribute weight off pressure points.

    How do I set up my alternating pressure mattress pad?

    How do I adjust the firmness or softness of my alternating pressure mattress pad?

    The dial knob on the pressure pump can be easily adjusted to meet your pressure preference. Just turn towards the “+” sign for higher pressure and turn towards the “-” for lower pressure.

    How frequently does the air pressure rotate?

    The air pressure is rotated throughout the mattress pad about every 6 minutes. There are two main air chambers in the pad that alternate, causing the patient’s weight to shift.

    How much does the mattress pad kit weigh?

    The entire shipped box weighs just under 9 pounds.

    How much does the actual mattress pad weigh?

    The mattress pad itself, before it is inflated, weighs 2 pounds.

    Is the mattress pad waterproof?

    Yes, the mattress pad is completely waterproof.

    Will the mattress pad work for someone with severe incontinence?

    It will work great for individuals with incontinence, however you can also consider combining the mattress pad with an incontinence bed pad to make cleanup easier.

    What is the power source for the alternating pressure pump?

    The power source is compatible with standard USA 110V outlets.

    Will the mattress pad work on top of a regular bed, not a hospital bed?

    Yes, what is great about having the alternating pressure pad overlay is that it very flexible and will work over a standard mattress or hospital bed of any size.

    What size bed will the mattress pad fit?

    The pad can lay on top of any size mattress but at 36 inches wide, it will cover the equivalent space of a twin size mattress.

    Does the mattress pad have flaps to fold over the ends of the bed?

    Yes, the pad has flaps on both ends to help keep the mattress pad in place on your bed.

    Does the mattress pad have a plastic smell?

    Every new item has a very minor new smell right out of the box. This will go away very quickly.

    What are the weight restrictions for the mattress pad?

    The mattress pad will hold up to 300lbs.

    Does the mattresspad generate any additional heat?

    No, the circulating air and alternating pressure pad should not produce any additional heat.

    Can the pump hang on the bed?

    Yes, the pump features rubber grips to prevent sliding on the floor or a bedside table.

    Can the pump be placed on the floor?

    Yes, the pump features rubber grips to prevent sliding on the floor or a bedside table.

    How loud is the pump?

    The pump is surprisingly quiet, even more quiet than a water pump in a small fish tank.

    How long can you keep the pump plugged in?

    The pump is designed to work continuously so you can keep it plugged in 24/7.

    What material is the mattress pad made of?

    The mattress pad is made of a durable plastic vinyl material.

    I have a cat, can the mattress pad be punctured easily?

    It can be punctured, but not very easily. If you have a cat it is best to put a durable sheet over the pad and you will be fine. If it does get punctured a repair kit is included.

    How thick is the mattress pad when it is inflated?

    The mattress pad is 2.5 inches when fully inflated.

    Can the mattress pad be used on a recliner?

    The mattress pad is not built for a recliner, but it can work. If the chair is in a reclined position it can go vertically aligned with your body. In a seated position it can go horizontally and run over the edges of the chair.

    Can the pressure mattress pad be covered with a fitted sheet?

    Yes, a fitted sheet can be placed over the pressure mattress pad.

    Does the alternating pressure mattress pad help to avoid/reduce bedsores?

    Yes, the alternating pressure mattress pad is used in prevention of bedsores. The mattress will relieve pressure from vulnerable areas so that sores do not develop. We do still recommend traditional further inspection of turning the patient and observing high risk areas regularly, and to not solely rely on the mattress pad.

    How do I clean my alternating pressure mattress pad?

    To clean your mattress pad, make sure to disconnect from the electrical outlet. Use a damp towel with mild soap and water to wipe down, and then dry with a soft towel. You can also wipe down with alcohol wipes or light rubbing alcohol.

    Do the mattress cells inflate all at once?

    No, there are two main air chambers in the pad that alternate inflation every six minutes, causing the patient’s weight to shift.

    Can I use an extension cord to plug in the mattress pad?

    Yes, you can use a grounded and safe extension cord to power the pump.

    Is there any latex in the mattress pad?

    No, the vinyl is completely latex-free.

    Will patients who like to sleep on their side be comfortable on this mattress pad?

    Yes, the firm support and variable pressure will make any position comfortable.

    Does the mattress pad slide around on the mattress?

    No, the pad has flaps on both ends that tuck under your mattress to help keep the mattress pad in place.

    Does the mattress pad work on a Sleep Number bed?

    Yes, what is great about having the alternating pressure pad overlay is that it very flexible and will work over a standard mattress or hospital bed of any size even a Sleep Number bed.

    Does the mattress pad work on a Memory Foam mattress?

    Yes, what is great about having the alternating pressure pad overlay is that it very flexible and will work over a standard mattress or hospital bed of any size even a Memory Foam mattress.

    Is the alternating pressure mattress pad an alternative for a mattress?

    No, this pad is designed to fit on top of a mattress. It should not replace a mattress.

    How do I patch my alternating pressure pad if it gets a leak?

    Is the mattress pad hot?

    No, the pad is not designed to run hot as it circulates air. It is recommended that you use a fitted sheet over the vinyl pad for extra comfort and coolness.

    How long is the power cord?

    The power cord is about six foot long.

    How long is the air hose?

    The flexible air hose is 5 feet long

    Does the mattress pad have to be inflated before using?

    Yes, it is best to plug the mattress in and wait for it to fully inflate before placing the patient on the pad.

    Is the mattress pad hard or soft?

    The alternating pressure mattress pad provides variable support based on your preferences, from very firm to soft.

    Can you travel with this mattress pad?

    Yes, the alternating pressure mattress pad is easy to transport with the handled box the kit comes in.

    Does the alternating pressure mattress pad come in a Queen or King size?

    No, the pad is only available in the twin bed size which is designed to fit more hospital beds.

    How big is the pump?

    The pump is 10”x4”x3.5”.

    What is the voltage of the pump?

    The pump is a standard US 110-120V.

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