Bariatric Hospital Mattresses
Bariatric and/or Obese patients have an increased risk of pressure injuries and maintaining skin integrity is one of the challenges that nurses, and caregivers will encounter. The main reason is because of bariatric patients’ immobility, but also due to changes in skin physiology due to a greater skin–weight ratio, reduced vascularity, increased sweating, and perfusion in adipose tissue. These side effects can all result in increased risk of PI development, and poor wound healing.
It is important to apply preventive measures for bariatric patients and to provide advanced wound care if pressure injuries occur. Appropriate equipment provision is key to maintaining skin integrity, patient dignity and well-being. In some cases, it is the provision of inappropriate equipment that can be a contributory factor to pressure damage. For example, if a support surface is used for an individual over the advertised therapeutic weight limit the mattress is at risk of bottoming out and will not provide support or immersion at the area of most pressure (usually sacral region). Increased localised pressure in this region will cause a pressure injury if not addressed promptly. Read More
Specialist Mattress for High Need Bariatric Patients from Forte Healthcare
Bariatric patients may have difficulty repositioning themselves and nurses may be reluctant to turn and reposition the patient due to their realistic fear of injury and possible lack of training in how to safely manage heavier patients. Without the movement incurred in repositioning, the patient can sustain friction and shear damage and atypical pressure injuries in the skin folds. Support surfaces used for Bariatric patients must enhance the ability of the individual to reposition, for example, features such as firm strengthened sides.
Weight shifting is essential to avoid pressure damage whether the patient is in bed. Choosing and implementing the right bariatric equipment can help to facilitate independence. Much of the equipment needed is specialised, is made from heavy duty materials, and will require training in its use.
Beds should support the weight of the patient and be wide enough to enable movement and repositioning within the bed.
Dynamic or alternating air mattresses can make individuals dependent, as getting in and out of, and moving around in bed is more difficult than with a foam mattress. The risk of increased dependence should be considered when allocating a mattress, especially within the community environment. Forté recommend the best solution for bariatric individuals with very high risk of obtaining a pressure injury should use a static bariatric mattress with static air ROHO sections located in the at-risk areas.
When dealing with patients that have specific needs, choosing the right equipment can improve not only the standard of their care but also their outcomes – and you can find the right bariatric hospital mattress that will work for your patients at Forte Healthcare.
Forte Healthcare offers specialist manufacturing of high-performance medical mattresses. We combine more than 20 years of experience in the Australian and New Zealand medical market with clinical and technological expertise to create a range of mattresses and covers that are suitable for clinical use in facilities like critical care, care homes, hospitals, and care at home. We are innovators and manufacturers that facilitate superior patient care with our mattresses and covers – and we make sure that we create lasting relationships with our customers through our clear consultation process.
A bariatric medical mattress is an essential part of the care equipment needed for managing larger patients in any setting, and here at Forte Healthcare, we can find the right mattress configuration to suit your needs.
What to Consider in a Mattress When Caring for a Bariatric Patient
Dealing with bariatric patients whether in critical care, elder care or in-home, needs some technical expertise – and our experience puts us in the best position to create the bariatric hospital bed mattress that suits your patient’s needs.
Of course, the bed itself needs to be specially constructed to safely support the weight of bariatric patients. There are many different beds available, and we create a range of mattresses for every bariatric hospital bed.
Support and comfort for patients are of the highest priority, but the ease of care in terms of staff is important too. We have developed our mattresses to be comfortable and supportive, and a combination of immersion technology and airflow ensures our bariatric medical mattresses help to prevent and treat pressure injuries, manage effective infection control, and protect care staff.
The innovative technology that is used in every mattress includes shear mitigation for ease of patient movement and transfer. Moving bariatric patients safely and comfortably without damaging the integrity of the bariatric medical bed mattress is so important. That is why we have developed a medical-grade foam that is designed to allow patient movement without causing damage.
Strength and support for the larger patient are created through a combination of lateral stability from a firm foundation and postural support. The air circulation provided by the technological foam minimises internal heat entrapment and maximum moisture evacuation to help with infection control.
Choose the Right Mattress Configuration
With memory foam, gel or even air flow layers in different configurations suitable for a multitude of care situations, finding the right bariatric medical mattress is simple when you have the knowledge and experience of our experts on hand.
Talk to Forte Healthcare and solve your patient care, comfort, and safety problems with the right medical mattress for bariatric patients.
Testing using RESNA weight loading method & dummy
True bariatric – providing pressure care up to 500kg
Constructed with extra heavy duty raw materials
Reduced overall mattress height (< 200mm)
True bariatric mattresses
Forté has a specialist range of ‘true bariatric’ mattresses designed to suit individuals up to 500kg. A true bariatric mattress is one that is designed specifically for individuals over 150kg, as opposed to a standard mattress with a broad weight range suiting lightweight individuals as well. True bariatric mattresses have extra durability to provide sustained support, comfort and immersion for heavier users.
Through the use of proven foam combinations, unique construction methods and high-performance cover materials, the Forté bariatric mattresses are the fitting choice for clinicians and facilities looking to achieve comfort, longevity and effective patient care. Various configurations are available providing for a wide range of patient needs and requirements including custom sizing for precision fitting to the bed base used within the care setting.
For safe and effective patient care, the therapeutic weight loading of the mattress must be checked to ensure it is suitable for the patient.
What to Consider in a Mattress When Caring for a Bariatric Patient
Dealing with bariatric patients whether in critical care, elder care or in-home, needs some technical expertise – and Forté has the experience to supply a bariatric support surface that suits any client’s needs.
Of course, the bed itself needs to be specially constructed to safely support the weight of bariatric patients too. There are many different beds available, and we create a range of mattresses for any bariatric bed.
Support and comfort for bariatric clients are of the highest priority, but the ease of care in terms of staff is important too. We have developed our mattresses to be comfortable and supportive using a combination of foam technologies that also provide gentle pressure care and redistribution. In particular, Firm strengthened side walls assist with safe primary care and repositioning.
Forté Healthcare places a strong emphasis on innovation. As manufacturers, we specialise in developing and manufacturing products based upon ever evolving clinical requirements and established patient care principles. We are continually applying new concepts and techniques to make a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers alike.
Hear what Health Professionals say About Forté Healthcare Mattresses…
Forté Healthcare has been a pleasure to work with – the team is always easy to talk to and quick to respond to questions, queries and issues. We also had difficulty with a product and a new one was delivered the following business day ensuring participant safety and satisfaction.
We are really happy with the mattresses. Fantastic product especially given the short time frame for supply
Burnett Heads, QLD
You are amazing, it is on site with the client the day after it arrived. Can not thank you enough, really appreciate it. Hope you have a great week, you certainly made mine
Great product and Australian made. Locally owned and run as well as being a team of lovely people.
Customer service is fantastic. Products are of a high quality. A pleasure to deal with Forte.
Excellent company to deal with, quick turnaround. Carol fabulous to work with
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Have I mentioned what a fabulous company Forte is to deal with? It’s rare these days to have such tremendous support.
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Your products are easy to recommend as they are perfect for so many of our clients.
(And it helps that they are made in NSW too)
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Always an efficient and reliable service backed up by the personal, genuine communication.
You guys are amazing! The service and follow up care is next to none. Love working with you guys!
Really helpful team at Forte, prompt with communication, great product knowledge, and they have gone above and beyond to support our purchase experience.
Aged Care Facility
I couldn’t speak highly enough of the team at Forte Healthcare. The team are a pleasure to work with, always professional, prompt and knowledgeable in their responses.
If you’re searching for an Australian made QUALITY medical mattress, look no further than Forte Healthcare, you won’t be disappointed!
An awesome team here and some Very, Very innovative products!
Love the products, can not fault it in any way, the service from sales staff is exceptional.
Always reliable, responsive, knowledgeable, helpful and suppliers of quality products. I’m a Forte fan!
An amazing team of experts in the Medical Mattress world, with fantastic products!
10/10 for mattress quality and selection and 10/10 for service from Bradley, Carol and Crystal.
We love forte !!! Carol and the team at forte are amazing to deal with. The forte products sell themselves.
You’re Covered by Forté Healthcare’s ‘Successful Solution Guarantee’
At Forté Healthcare, we are so confident in the care and performance our support surfaces deliver, that we back our products and expertise with our ‘Successful Solution Guarantee’.
Here’s how it works:
Our team of specialists will help you navigate our product range to correctly match our support surfaces with your care environment and patient risk profile. This ensures you achieve the highest levels of patient care and pressure injury prevention.
If, for whatever reason the product we recommend isn’t helping you achieve the outcome you expected, we’ll work with you until it is. And in the unlikely event we still cannot provide the right solution.
We’ll refund you 100% of the charges to date.
- Can I use an electric blanket?
Yes, if there are no exposed wires and it operates at below 60°C. Please keep pressure care in mind however, consulting with your doctor or healthcare professional first.
- Can your mattresses be made to a custom size?
Yes, Forté can customise any mattress to suit any bed platform. Customised items will be more expensive than standard sizing and do take longer through production.
- Can I trial your mattresses?
Yes, most mattresses are available for trial. Contact Forté or your local distributor to make arrangements