It’s no secret that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and continues to spread, placing a rising demand on bariatric equipment such as bariatric mattresses. Bariatric mattresses play a critical role in providing patients with the appropriate comfort and support while ensuring full and healthy recoveries. The right bariatric mattress will prevent discomfort, sleeplessness, unrest, and even injury that the wrong mattress can cause. Therefore, it’s very important to consider all the details, features, and options that bariatric mattresses provide.
Unlike other medical mattresses, bariatric mattresses are designed for heavier patients. The heavy duty, high density engineering incorporated in the design of bariatric mattresses will provide long lasting reliable use. Bariatric mattresses will provide the comfort and durability the bariatric patient needs while ensuring proper blood flow to extremities. The most important factor to consider, however, for purchasing a bariatric mattress is the prevention of bedsores and pressure sore ulcers. Bedsores can be attributed to a number of reasons and poorly made and maintained mattresses are highly significant factors. Bedsores can form quite rapidly; however, they can take months to heal. If the patient is on an inappropriate mattress, too much pressure will be applied to different areas of the body. This will inhibit normal blood flow, causing a bedsore. If the mattress is not kept clean of debris and fluid, or it doesn’t keep the skin dry by absorbing moisture, a bedsore can form. There must also be a reduction of friction that may tear the skin. These are the three main causes of bedsores and pressure sore ulcers. The best way to treat them is to prevent them, and one of the most important preventive measures is having the appropriate bariatric mattress.
At , MSEC there is an extensive inventory of bariatric equipment designed to meet all of the needs in both the home and healthcare environment. If you’re in the market for a bariatric mattress, it would behoove you to consider options in bariatric beds. Just as bariatric mattresses are designed to support and protect bariatric patients, so are bariatric beds. Bariatric beds are not only designed to meet the needs of the bariatric person, but to also meet the needs of their caregivers, who, in a home setting, are basically on their own. Increased weight heightens the risk of injury to the caregiver during patient handling and movement tasks. Some of the tasks that present extra challenges when caring for bariatric patients include turning and repositioning the patients to prevent pressure sores, transferring in and out of bed into a bariatric wheelchair, assisting with bathing and toileting, and supporting a limb while performing patient handling tasks. At the same time, there are engineering issues, including strength of equipment, doorway clearance, and accommodation of bariatric scales which need to be addressed in the management of bariatric patients. This has created an essential need for the proper bariatric equipment in every healthcare setting.
The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older (over 60 million people) are obese. In the past 10 years, obesity rates have increased by more than 60 percent among adults. Among children and teens aged 6–19 years, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight. Medical Supplies and Equipment Company is determined to provide the necessary equipment designed to assist people on their road to recovery.
MSEC remains dedicated to stocking the very best and the very latest in medical supplies and equipment. We never cease to be on the lookout for the latest innovation that will benefit both our many clients and the patients they dedicate their lives to caring for. If you have any difficulty finding your choices in our vast inventory, call our customer service at 1-877-706-4480 to speed up your order or to make a special request. We are always happy to help you