A new ultra-thin mattress designed to fit over rise and recliner chairs will go on show at Rehacare in September where its manufacturer will target UK and international dealers.
With the aim of reducing the risk of pressure ulcers in people who use chairs as beds for long periods of time, the mattress is designed to tackle a very common issue among elderly people.
MediSmart Technologies, a UK manufacturer of pressure care systems, will be showing the MicroCell Companion, which describes itself as an ultra-low profile recliner chair mattress.
The product comprises a patented micro cell slim alternating air mattress with an easy-to-use pump to retro fit any recliner chair.
MediSmart’s sales director and chair of the BHTA’s beds and support surfaces section, David Beavis, said the product has received a lot of interest when shown to clinicians and therapists.
He said: “Especially with regard to the issue that regularly occurs whereby users, on many occasions, use these chairs in a supine position as a bed for long periods of time without always having the appropriate alternating support surface as they would do in a profiling bed, therefore sometimes contributing to an increase in pressure ulcers.”
The patented MicroCell technology has an ultra-thin design of 70 alternating cells and can be manufactured to fit any reclining chair.
MediSmart Technologies was set up as a sister company to MJS Healthcare in May 2017, with the intention of developing smart solutions to answer the needs of medical staff and patients for hybrid pressure relief systems, including hybrid turning mattresses.
The sister company, MJS Healthcare, was established over 37 years ago, as a UK manufacturer.