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waterbed

a closed rubber bag filled with water and used as a mattress to prevent or treat pressure ulcers by equalizing the patient's weight against the support. Also called water mattress.

waterbed

A bed with a water-filled mattress that may have therapeutic currency Neonatology Oscillating waterbeds in preterm infants provide compensatory movement stimulation, ↓ uncomplicated apnea of prematurity, with ↑ quiet sleep, ↓ crying, fussiness and, ↑ growth; non-oscillating WBs are used for narcotic-exposed neonates. See Hydrotherapy.
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