Med-Aire Alternating Pressure Pump and Pad System has a quiet pump that alternately inflates and deflates 130 individual bubble air cells. The durable, heavy gauge, premium vinyl bubble pad provides superior therapeutic treatment to aid in the treatment of pressure injuries. The pad is 36" wide by 78" long, 2.5" high when it is inflated. The weight capacity for the Med-Aire Alternating Pressure Pump and Pad System is 300 pounds. The variable pressure setting on the pump allows for individualized comfort increasing patient compliance.
This product is sold by the set, which includes the pressure pad and pump (14001E). The replacement pad is available with end flaps (14003EF). The replacement pad does not come with the pump. The pump must be purchased to use the replacement pad.
What is an alternating pressure pump and pad?
An alternating pressure pad is a medical device designed to help prevent and treat pressure injuries. Pressure injuries, also known as pressure ulcers or bedsores, are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue that occur as a result of prolonged pressure on the skin. They are common in patients who are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair for extended periods of time.
An alternating pressure pad works by continuously changing the pressure on the patient's skin, thereby reducing the risk of pressure injuries. The pad is made up of a series of air cells that are inflated and deflated in a specific pattern, typically every 5-10 minutes. This alternating pressure helps to redistribute the pressure on the skin and tissues, which reduces the risk of damage.
The alternating pressure pad also helps to improve blood circulation in the affected areas. When pressure is relieved, blood can flow more freely to the area, which can help to promote healing and prevent further injury. In addition to helping prevent pressure injuries, an alternating pressure pad can also be used to treat existing pressure injuries. By reducing pressure on the affected area, the pad can help to relieve pain and promote healing.
Overall, an alternating pressure pad is a valuable tool for healthcare providers in the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries. It is an effective, non-invasive, and relatively inexpensive way to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.