Drive Medical Med Aire Alternating Pressure Pump And Pad System Review
The Drive Medical Med Aire Alternating Pressure Pump and Pad system is designed to prevent pressure ulcers by providing alternating air pressure. It is a low air loss mattress that also helps with the management and treatment of pressure ulcers.
High quality therapeutic treatment is provided by the bubble pad which consists of 130 bubble cells. The system alternates the inflating and deflating of these cells every 5 minutes which means that an affected area will never be subjected to too much pressure.
Pressure is variable and is supplied by a pump that can produce 4 liters of air per minute. The pump is quiet and will inflate or deflate the air pads of the cells on an alternative basis. The air flow is consistent and the pressure is easily adjusted.
The pad measures 78 inches in length and is 36 inches wide. It has a height of 2.5 inches. It mounts easily to a bed using the built in bracket. The pad has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and it is guaranteed for 90 days. The associated pump has a guarantee period of one year.
It Does What It Says
The Drive Med Aire Alternating Pressure Pump and Pad system does exactly what it claims by pumping air into alternate cells to ease the pressures that can create bed sores. With a 300 lbs capacity it is suitable for most people.
It optimizes comfort for the user and is ideal for those that are confined to bed for long periods. The deluxe pump adjustable pressure feature is good for making the comfort levels just right or for complying with instructions from medical professionals.
Installing The System Is Easy
Installing the Med Aire system is really easy. The bubble pad is placed on an existing mattress which is used as a base with the inflation tubes pointing to the foot end of the bed. Covering the pad with a cotton sheet is recommended to reduce friction and avoid direct skin contact.
The pump is then placed at the end of the bed where it must be secured. The inflation tubes from the pad then need to be connected to the nozzles on the pump in the correct way. The power cord of the pump is then plugged in to an electrical outlet and the pump switched on.
The bubble pad is made from heavy gauge, premium vinyl to withstand the pumped air pressure and the bodyweight pressure of the user. This durability provides for a high level of therapeutic treatment and comfort.
Quality And Safety
The Drive Pump and Pad system is built to exacting standards and the product is carefully inspected prior to it being shipped. The product is safe enough to provide 24 hour pressure care and it has been tested and certified to the following medical electrical equipment standards:
Alternating air medical mattress systems can be really expensive and compared with other products the Drive Med Aire system is very affordable. It is a quality product and will provide similar levels of comfort to other products that cost a lot more.
Adds Additional Height To The Bed
A few people have complained that the pad makes the bed too high for them. The pad is around 2.5 inches high and this is not likely to be a problem for most people, but for those with mobility problems it could prove to be a challenge.
Pad Too Long For Standard Bed
Another complaint was that the pad was too long for a standard bed and this lead to a “bunching up” problem. This was a minority complaint and not experienced by the vast majority of users.
Too Firm For Some People
A small number of people felt that the pad was too firm even when the air pressure was set to the “soft” setting. Again this was a minority complaint and not the general perception of the product.
Only Available In One Color
The pad is only available in a beige color. The manufacturer recommends that the pad be covered with a cotton sheet for friction reduction so this is not considered to be a major drawback.
Pads Don’t Last For A Long Time
It should be borne in mind that the pads are not designed to last forever and only have a 90 day warranty period. The pad is under a lot of pressure from the pumped air and it will need to be replaced after a while.
The Drive Med Aire Alternating Pressure pump and pad system does a good job in preventing bed sores and providing therapeutic comfort to the user.
The product has received a large number of positive reviews and if you are looking for an alternating pressure medical air mattress that is good value for money then this is it.