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Drive Med-Aire Plus Alternating Pressure and Low Air Loss Mattress is for patients who need to reduce or prevent decubitis ulcers. Through alternating pressure, the mattress can dynamically change patient pressure points and improve patient circulation. Other benefits of the system include microclimate control and friction reduction. The low air loss mattress is safe because it has air cells designed to minimize chance of mattress to bottom out. If there are any problems with the mattress, there are 3 audio and visual alarms that go off before it becomes a bigger issue.
The mattress construction includes twenty different air cells. Three of these cells stay filled or static at the head to keep patient comfortable during alternating cell therapy. Nine of the twenty cells come with laser hose in order to keep the patient cool and comfortable. They also decrease the needed recovery time. The pump included with the mattress delivers eight liters per minute. When the air pumps in, it goes through kink-proof spring lined tubing. In case of emergency, the mattress has CPR valves for incredibly quick deflation.
Med-Aire Plus 8 Inch Alternating Pressure and Low Air Loss Mattress System Profile (Drive 14029)
- Auto-Firm Supports Caregiver Access to Patient
- Seat Inflate to Support Sitting Position
- Microprocessing Feedback from an Advanced Pumping System
- Digital Pump with Easy Readable Screen Display
- Auto Returns to AP Mode
- Low Shear Cover To Protect Patient Skin
- Fluid-Resistant Cover to Protect the Air Mattress
- Vapor Permeable Cover for Breathability
- Quilted Cover for Durability
- Zippered Cover for Easy Washing
- Replaceable Air Bladders
- Static Mode to Facilitate Easier Transfers
- CPR Valve Allows for Rapid Emergency Deflation
- EZ Lock and Quick Release Tubing Connection
This Alternating Pressure and Low Air Loss Mattress System connects to a filter that has multiple indicators and buttons for a customized treatment. Even with its multiple options so you can find the perfect cycle and pressure, it is still incredibly simple. Around the mattress is a nylon cover. This ensures that the mattress will stay in great shape because it is water-resistant and durable. It will also stay clean because it is easily machine washable.
Alternating Pressure Mattress System Components
- Control Unit
- Product Number 14029 - Pressure Redistribution Mattress 80-Inches Length
- Product Number 14029-84 – Pressure Redistribution Mattress with 84-Inches Length
- Product Number 14029DP – Pressure Redistribution Mattress with 80-Inches Length and 10-Inches Deep Static Perimeter
- Mattress Cover
There are three mattress system options with 80 or 84 inches length or a defined perimeter. You may also be interested in similar mattresses also manufactured by Drive Medical like the 10 Inches Lateral Rotation Mattress that treats and prevents pressure ulcers using adjustable turning positions up to 40 degrees.
Drive Medical manufactures high quality air mattress systems. Designed to redistribute pressure, these mattresses offer solutions for prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. The design incorporates cell-on-cell construction with a base and air inflation cells. The air cells are 8-inches in height. The base is a static 4-inches height cell. Additionally these mattresses offer microclimate control. This mattress series meets the standards of UL 60601-1 and CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 601.1. The mattress cover construction is with a 4-way stretch, quilted material that offers low shear and is vapor permeable. The covers has a zipper for easy removal from the mattress for cleaning. For patients who require a wider bed option, you may want to consider a 42-Inches Wide Alernatung Pressure and Low Air Loss Mattress or an even wider 60-Inches Air Bed Mattress.
Features and Benefits
- Systems Come with Pump
- Can be Used at Home or Hospital
- Changes Pressure Points and Promotes Circulation
- Customizable Cycles Times
- Alternating and Continuous Air Flow
- Durable Nylon Cover
- Alarms for Added Safety
- Comfortable for Patient
- Auto-Firm Function
- Auto-Recovery Function
- Microprocessing Feedback
- Lock-Out Function
- Seat Inflate Function
- Digital Pump
- Customized Pumps Settings Per Individual Patient
- Deluxe Cover
- 4-Way Stretch Cover with Zipper for Easy Cleaning
- Three Diagnostic Alarms
- EZ Lock/Quick Release Tubing Connection
- Eight Inches Deep Air Bladders
- Replaceable Air Bladders
- Quilted and Vapor Permeable Cover
- Product Width: 36 Inches
- Product Length Options: 80 or 84 Inches
- Product Height: 8 Inches
- Weight Capacity: 450 lbs.
- Mattress Construction: 60% Nylon/40% Polyurethane
- Control Unit Type: Compressor
- Pump Dimensions: 14.2 W x 9.8 H x 4.5 D Inches
- Pump Cycle Times: 10, 15, 20, or 25 Minutes
- Pump Flow Capacity: 8 LPM
- Material: Fluid Resistant Stretch
- Application: Treatment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers
- Alarms: Audible and Visual
- HCPCS Code: E0377
- Manufacturer: Drive Medical
- Warranty: 18 Months Limited
- Reduce incidence of pressure ulcers
- Provide individual homecare sleeping surface
- Provide long-term care sleeping surface
- Pain management prescribed by a physician
- Cervical traction
- Skeletal traction
- Unstable spinal cord injuries
Set Up Instructions
- Place the mattress flat on the bed frame with the inflation tube towards the foot end of the bed. The tubes should be free to connect to the inflation nozzles on the control unit.
- Cover the mattress with a cotton bed sheet.
- Hang the control unit over the frame or at the foot board of the bed. Ensure the control unit is secure on the bed frame.
- Connect the inflation tubes from the mattress to the control unit inflation nozzles. Ensure the tubes securely attach. Ensure the air hoses do not kink or tuck under the mattress. Check if the CPR valve attaches properly. Ensure the CPR strap located at the head end of the mattress, positions on the right-hand side of the mattress as you are lying down.
- Plug the power cord into a grounded electrical AC power outlet. The power cord has a grounding wire with a grounding pin. This three-pronged plug connects into a grounded outlet for patient safety.
- Turn the power on by pressing the power switch at the right side of the control unit.
Turn the power ON. A beep sound notifies that operation commences. The indicator of the power switch will light up (green), and the control unit will begin to pump air into the mattress. The low pressure indicator (red) will flicker as the inflation of the mattress begins. The audible alarm will not be heard when inflating the mattress for the first time.
Automatic Static Mode
The control unit will automatically enter Static Mode when it is turned on. Once the pressure reaches 50 mmHg, the unit will return to the previously selected mode, if applicable. If the pressure does not reach 50 mmHg 40 minutes after the control unit is turned on, the audible alarm will start to beep, and the Low Pressure indicator will continue flickering.
Press the Static/Alternating button to change the function mode to Alternating Pressure or Static as desired. However, recommend always keeping the control unit in the Alternating Pressure Mode when the patient is in a lying position for more efficient pressure ulcer prevention and treatment.
The Static Mode provides an even support surface, making patient transfer or repositioning easier. The Static Mode or Seat (Fowler) Mode also prevents the patient from bottoming out when in the seated position.
Weight Setting Selection
The pressure of the mattress adjusts by choosing the patients’ corresponding weight setting using the weight setting buttons (+) and (-). Use the weight setting buttons to select the desired level. Pressure levels will range from 10 to 50 mmHg. Pressing the [+] key will bring the pressure one level higher, and the [-] key will bring the pressure one level lower. It is recommended to follow the Hand Check procedure as demonstrated in the user manual on page 10 to determine the appropriate pressure level.
Automatic Pressure Control
During normal operation, the control unit will monitor pressure changes and keep it constant at the set level. When the pressure is below the set pressure level, the control unit will automatically start to inflate the mattress. Upon reaching the set pressure level, thfe control unit will stop pumping air. If the pressure is consistently low, the audible alarm will beep and its indicator will light up to attract attention. If there should be obvious leakage, for example caused by loose connection of tubes, the audible and visible alarms activate.
Press the AutoFirm button to automatically inflate the mattress to the maximum level (above 50 mmHg) for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the control unit will return to the previously set weight setting and pressure level. To place the patient in the seated (Fowler) position, press the Seat button for support during the seated position. Air pressure will increase by 10mmHg to prevent the patient from bottoming out when in a seated position.
Silence the Alarm
If the pressure drops below the pre-set level, the Low Pressure indicator will light up accompanied by a Beep alarm tone. If the control unit fails to alternate in the Alternating Pressure Mode, the System Failure indicator will light up accompanied by a Beep alarm tone. For either scenario, pressing the Mute button will silence the alarm, but the indicator will continue to flash until the correction is made. Pressing the Mute button again will reactivate the audible alarm. If the control unit loses power input, the Power Failure indicator will light up accompanied by a Beep alarm tone. To disarm this alarm, press the power switch button to off.
When there is an emergency to perform CPR on the patient, pull the CPR strap to release the air immediately from the mattress. The CPR strap is located at the head end right-hand side of the mattress as you are lying down.
- Lay the mattress upside down and flat.
- Roll the mattress from the foot end towards the head end. Then stretch the foot-end strap around the rolled mattress to prevent unrolling.
- Do not crease, fold, or stack the mattress.
- Check the power cord and plug to check for excessive wear or abrasions.
- Check the mattress cover for signs of damage or wear.
- Ensure the mattress cover and tubes connect together correctly.
- Plug in the pump and check the airflow from the hose connection port.
- The airflow should alternate between ports every half-cycle time.
- Check the air hoses to see if there are breaks or kinks.
- Make sure the mattress tube connects.
- Check the pump and make sure both power and power indicator are off when the switch is turned off.
Low Pressure Troubleshooting
- Examine if there is air leakage between the pump and the mattress connections or from the air mattress tubes.
- Check connectors between the air mattress and pump. If there is any disconnection, please reconnect it.
- Check the CPR valves and ensure their outlets seal.
- Check the air-connecting tubes.
- Ensure each single cell is not broken.
- Turn the pressure-adjust knob to Firm.
- Keep the tubes fully inflated and inspect for air leakage.
- Check if there is any air leakage from cells.
- Ensure no leakage occurs.
Drive Medical warrants this product to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for 18 months for the original consumer purchaser. The warranty does not apply to device failure due to owner misuse or negligence. The warranty does not extend to non-durable components, such as rubber accessories, casters, and grips, which are subject to normal wear and require periodic replacement.
Drive Medical manufactures many other mattresses for your consideration, including those listed below:
- Harmony True Low Air Loss Tri-Therapy Mattress
- Therapeutic 5-Zone Foam Pressure Reducing Mattress
- ShearCare 1500 Bariatric Pressure Redistribution Mattress
- Alternating Pressure and Low Air Loss Overlay
Manuals and Documents
- Product Catalog covers product highlights.
- Defined Perimeter Information from the catalog page.
- Product Manual contains set up and use instructions.
- Clinical Information
- Reimbursement Information CMS letter for insurance coding.
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Notice: For the health and safety of our customers we cannot accept a return on any mattresses.
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