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What Type of Mattress Should I Choose for a Medical Bed?

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What Type of Mattress Should I Choose for a Medical Bed?

Patients who need to use medical beds for a long term should be equipped with mattress to be more comfortable, flexible and healthier. Maidesite, as a medical beds manufacturer, not only deals with medical beds, but also mattress. What type of mattress is better and do you know how to choose among them?

There are a number of characteristics to consider when choosing a hospital bed mattress, such as flexibility, thickness and whether it is washable or prevents bedsores.


The key is to choose a mattress that is flexible enough to adapt to the many movements of the sections of the box spring.


The thickness of the mattress will impact the patient's comfort. If the patient has to spend more than 12 hours in bed a day, it is preferable to invest in a thick and comfortable mattress.


The mattress must be easily washable. For incontinent patients, a mattress with an antimicrobial mattress cover is essential. It is also best to look for a mattress and cover that are waterproof and stain-resistant.


Some mattresses are designed to prevent bedsores and are made of visco-elastic foam or inflatable pads. They distribute the weight evenly and adapt to changes in weight and pressure in different parts of the body, in this way preventing pressure sores. Inflatable bubble mattresses use an air pump that automatically regulates the pressure inside the mattress.


The ultra-soft mattress may provide instant pain relief but compromises spine integrity. Plus, patients find it hard to get into or out of bed. On the other hand, hard surfaces cannot sustain a natural sleeping position, resulting in lumbar pain. It's advisable to go for a medium firmness. It provides optimal pressure relief and promotes the right spine alignment.



Buy a custom size mattress that allows for maximum air permeability. That's critical for bed-ridden patients with long-term morbidity. The ventilation system in the mattress together with air-permeable materials, creates the right temperature for sound sleep, preventing discomfort due to sweating and the development of pressure ulcers. Air beds and Tempurpedic are the best bets.


Edge Support:

Edge support is integral to the patient's safety and care giver's convenience. When creating a custom size foam mattress, keep the edges secure, in line with the fall prevention protocols. Soft tips yield to the patient's weight, making him/her vulnerable to fall. Insist on placing dense foam on the edges to keep it intact when the user tries to get out of the bed.



A less durable mattress is both a false economy and a health hazard. It may cost less but would require repairs and replacement midway the life cycle. Such a mattress cannot retain its shape over time, leading to misaligned spine, back pain, and often sleepless nights. Custom memory foam mattress lasts for up to 10 years under normal conditions, while innerspring's service life is five years.



The custom size mattress for hospitals comes in all shapes and sizes. But it's imperative to keep in perspective the hospital bed sizes where it'll be placed, more so when it comes to bariatric mattresses. Or else, the very purpose of having a customized mattress is defeated.



Innerspring is the cheapest, followed by foam. Air mattress is the most costly option available.

After reading all the above, have you figured which type of mattress is for your loved one's medical bed? If you are still confused, please don't hesitate and contact Maidesite anytime, we are here to service anytime!