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An orthopaedic mattress – also known as an “orthopedic" mattress in North America – is a tried and tested technology that has been around for decades. Since the early ones came onto the market in the 1950s, this technology has been refined and further developed so that todays are even more effective than ever before. Different mattress manufacturers use differing systems in them, but the point is always the same – to provide excellent levels of support for a great night's sleep. What Makes An Orthopaedic Mattress Distinct From a Normal Mattress? Whether it uses memory foam, pocket springs, reflex...

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With increased weight, comes increased pressure on prominent areas of the body while laying down. This can raise the potential to develop pressure ulcers (sometimes referred to as bed sores) in extremely obese people. Pressure ulcers are not only unsightly and painful, but they also pose serious threats to an individual’s health. As such, the best mattress for a heavy person would be one that actively works to relieve pressure. What Are Pressure Ulcers? Pressure ulcers (or pressure sores) occur through prolonged pressure on the body, which causes injury to the skin and underlying tissue. Anybody can develop pressure ulcers...

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Mattresses can be extremely difficult to clean and generally shouldn’t come into contact with moisture. This can present a difficult dilemma for anybody that may be dealing with issues surrounding incontinence. A one-off accident isn’t reason enough to replace a regular mattress with a waterproof mattress; when incontinence becomes a persistent problem though, it could be time to make a change. What Causes Incontinence? There’s no one true cause of incontinence, the reasons behind it can vary greatly. Causes of incontinence can be physical, psychological and sometimes both. Some deep sleepers, for example, may find that they occasionally wet the...

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Preventing Pressure Ulcers. Pressure ulcers (also commonly referred to as bed sores), occur when the skin becomes damaged as a result of sustained pressure on the body. When sustained pressure combines with friction, pressure ulcers can occur. This painful affliction is most commonly found on individuals who need to spend extended periods of time lying in bed. This can be due to a variety of reasons, ranging from various disabilities to sicknesses. There are however ways to prevent pressure ulcers from occurring. An age-old trick is to regularly roll a bedbound individual. This is to ensure that pressure doesn't amount on the body for too long, thus reducing the chance for pressure ulcers to occur. Whilst this has proven to...

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For over 40 years GB Foam Healthcare has provided a comprehensive range of specialist foam products to the Healthcare sector. Whether that be working with Care Homes and Nursing homes in the supply of waterproof or water resistant mattresses or with large hospitals providing a range of NHS Specification Waterproof mattresses or more specialist Pressure Relief medical mattresses. Up until recently we sold our range of NHS grade mattresses to many of the large healthcare providers and hospitals throughout the UK. With growing demand for home care and a shift in the NHS to help patients direct in their own...

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