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a bed with body support provided by thousands of tiny soda-lime glass beads suspended by pressurized, temperature-controlled air. The patient rests on a polyester filter sheet that covers the beads. The special bed is designed for use by patients with or at risk for posterior pressure ulcers or with posterior burns, grafts, or donor areas. The pressure against the patient's skin surface is less than the capillary refilling. The improved capillary blood flow to the skin speeds the growth of granulation tissue.
air-flu·i·dized bed(ār-flū'i-dīzd bed)
Type of bed intended to promote skin integrity and prevent skin breakdown. Within the mattress, small ceramic spheres are constantly blown by temperature-controlled airflow to distribute the patient's weight evenly, keeping pressure off bony prominences.
A bed consisting of a mattress filled with tiny glass or ceramic spheres that are suspended by a continuous flow of warm air. The patient “floats” on the mattress with only minimal penetration. Because of the even distribution of weight, the bed is particularly useful in treating or preventing pressure sores.
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