Q. What is an active mattress?

Active or pressure redistributing mattresses (sometimes known as dynamic, alternating or airflow mattresses) are made up of a series of air cells, the regular inflation and deflation of which periodically relieves the pressures applied to the tissues (Phillips, Takahashi and Clark, 2012). This action has the effect of facilitating blood and lymphatic flow; pre-requisites to the managed prevention of pressure ulcers. Active mattresses and airflow seating have long been recognised as effective aids in the managed prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers (Haesler, 2014). Squirrel produce a range of high specification active mattresses and seating.