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Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:44 pm
by Jane _1601
Hello All
I am new to this forum and need some advice. My relative is now bed bound on a hospital bed based in the home. This includes an air mattress. Due to his condition some type of cover needs to be on the mattress. He is in his nineties with delicate skin. Does any one know what bedlinen we should use to cover the mattress and where we can find it?
Many thanks
Jane

Re: Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:23 pm
by bowlingbun
Hi Jane, welcome to the forum, I can't answer your question I'm afraid, others will be here later who can.
Have you had a recent Carer's assessment? You should be getting a lot of help, from either Social Services or NHS Continuing Healthcare.

Re: Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:18 pm
by Greta
Hi Jane,
I don't feel like an expert, but we use a normal fitted sheet and on top of it, because my caree is incontinent, both washable and disposable incopads. The mattress can be wiped as far as I know, but it doesn't normally have to be. Actually this is the stuff we were using before the airflow mattress was installed, because we had the hospital bed earlier.
Some washable pads were supplied by occupational therapy, some we bought ourselves. We always have two on the bed. It may be necessary to get soft disposable ones if there are skin problems.

Re: Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:22 pm
by Greta
By the way, in our district there is a tissue viability nurse who should be advising on this kind of thing and may even be able to get it prescribed for you.

Re: Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:47 pm
by Jane _1601
Thank you so much Greta and Bowlingbun. I really appreciate your responses.

Re: Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:47 am
by Sajehar
When mum got her hospital bed dad and me used fitted sheets on it (the sort that had elastic around them to fit the corners.)
We were told by the nurses not to use these as they restrict the air flow. We had to use flat sheets instead. Fortunately, we had a ton of these in the airing cupboard, collected by mum over the years.
Also, fortunately, they were 100 percent cotton as mum had a hatred of nylon. The nurses also advised that we rinse the soiled sheets first in cold water, then wash them in the washing machine at 90 degrees. Anything less would not kill bacteria.
We were also told not to use fabric softener as mum’s skin was so thin.

I must admit that after following their instructions mum looked so much more comfortable.

Re: Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:21 am
by Greta
It must depend on the mattress, because ours doesn't seem to restrict air flow. The carers often don't seem to understand flat sheets! Are there no instructions that come with the mattress? We have never used fabric softener anyway, although my caree's skin scarcely comes into contact with the sheet because of the pads on top of it.

Re: Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:19 am
by bowlingbun
If you want to rinse in cold water before washing, that can still be done in the washing machine, so much easier than doing it by hand. I used Dettol anti bac liquid when doing mum's soiled washing, it left a pleasant smell. She had continual UTI's which I didn't want passed on to me!

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Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:33 am
by DC-dogmummy
bowlingbun wrote:If you want to rinse in cold water before washing, that can still be done in the washing machine, so much easier than doing it by hand. I used Dettol anti bac liquid when doing mum's soiled washing, it left a pleasant smell. She had continual UTI's which I didn't want passed on to me!
Just be aware the dettol antibac is dangerous for pets - a friend's cat was hospitalised for a week for licking his paws after getting some on one. His mouth and paw were dangerously burnt and he had to be tube fed. Vet said if any was in his airways he would have to be pts. Cost her a couple of grand.

Re: Hospital air mattress. What bed linen should I use?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:16 pm
by bowlingbun
Denise, fortunately I don't have any cats, but it's a timely warning for anyone who does!