When a person is confined to a bed or wheelchair for a long period of time, extra pressure is exerted on certain parts of the body.
Many different afflictions can affect the aged, and if bedridden, using a waterbed rather than a conventional mattress can help greatly to increase comfort.
Whatever the reason you're considering sleeping on water, we're sure you'll love the comfort. I personally have never slept on a more comfortable mattress.
I have raised all my children on waterbeds. Children grow while they're sleeping.
Normally a person shifts his position often enough to relieve these pressure points and maintain proper blood flow.
However, people that are confined to a bed or wheelchair due to chronic illness have constant pressure exerted at these points, causing ulcers. These ulcers are difficult and expensive to treat and can sometimes even result in death.
Through the use of a waterbed, a person can prevent the formation of decubitus ulcers.
Patients who have already formed ulcers can expect more rapid healing when switched to a waterbed.
This healing may be up to three times faster than without the use of a waterbed.
Treatment and prevention of ulcers depends upon reducing the pressure of these critical parts of the body. A satisfactory method of treatment and prevention is now available throught the use of water-filled flotation mattress.
Through the use of a flotation system, a person can prevent the formation of decubitus ulcers. Patients who have already formed ulcers can expect more rapid healing when switched to a waterbed. This healing may be up to three times faster than without the use of a waterbed.The patient will also have the added benefits of improvement and sleep and general circulation.
The Journal of Americam Medical Association reports on a study done at the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center of Eastern Fairfax County in Bridgeport that, five huindred patients slept on waterbeds over a three year period, and "not one developed an ulcer." Furthermore, ulcers already presented in some patients healed more rapidly then expected.
A clinical trial conducted at the Jersey City Medical Center as published in the American Family Physician, placed 48 patients on hospital waterbeds. 71% were completely healed after three weeks. None of the other 24 patients developed ulcers even after four weeks.
In Harlem Hospital Center, New York, 10 patients of which only one was ulcer free, were placed on waterbeds. The American Journal of Nursing reports that "after at least one week all ulcers showed sighns of healing. No new lesions were observed in any patient while on a waterbed.
E.R. Griffin III, Brigade Surgean 187th inf., Ft. Benning, Georgia. "Decubitus Ulcers, Prevention and Management: A Review," Military Medicine, Vol. 147, May 1982.
"Waterbeds are excellent in the prevention of bedsores. Water displacement causes a state of weightlessness thus reducing pressure on the skin."
Mark L. Phippen,"RN or Nurses Guide to Preventing Pressure Sores." AORN Journal, Aug. 1982, Vol. 36 #2
Captain Phippen reviews the current medical literature and concepts in the prevention of pressure sores.