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    Wife was out looking today and saw a firm Serta Guardini 2 mattress with Serta 5 star low profile box spring she liked. Has anyone heard of them?

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    Hi Patrick - I swear by the Temperpedic memory foam.

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    Are they firm Arn. I hate the feeling of being swallowed up with foam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    She will have to find a DME supplier in the area and supplier should be able to guide her through the Medicare paperwork maze. Medicare has a webpage for finding suppliers. http://www.medicare.gov/supplierdirectory/search.html

    If she is in one of Medicare's competitive bid areas there may be few choices.
    Thank you again. She's having trouble convincing her doctor to write a letter of necessity for her mother. He's telling her that it really adds very little benefit to be turned. I thought that I had read before that high level quads used them often. She's older with shoulder problems and unable to turn by herself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan View Post
    I was prescribed a low air loss lateral rotation mattress when I had my stage IV areas, and Medicare paid. Fortunately, I healed. Unfortunately, after 2 1/2 years, the mattress died, and the company that made it (CliniDyne) had been purchased by Stryker, and was no longer in the mattress business. So, it could not be repaired, which Medicare would've paid for, and Medicare refused to get me a different low air loss lateral rotation mattress. So, I'm on a Span America mattress, which supposedly can be switched between alternating pressure and lateral rotation, but it doesn't rotate very much in that mode.
    This is a turning mattress , Alan? I mentioned a Clinitron, I thought that they were recommended highly for patients with ulcers but her physician claims that they provide no more benefit than an air mattress.

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    Who is treating her stage IV pressure ulcers, and how are they being treated? Her physician does not sound like a wound care specialist or plastic surgeon.

    Turning is important not only for her skin, but for her lungs and renal system. Constipation is also improved by turning.

    A low air loss mattress does not provide as low pressures as you can get with an air fluidized bed, but the latter is hard to get for home use now since Hill-Rom stopped making the Clinitron II, Rite Hite, and Clinitron-At-Home beds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    Are they firm Arn. I hate the feeling of being swallowed up with foam.
    Patrick - yes , Tempurpedic mattresses are firm. Actually, they are temperature dependent. Cold make them more firm. But they are never mushy. They don't swallow you up at all. If anything the opposite - they are firm. You can push on the surface with you hand to change position or transfer easily. Maybe I should quite the medical business and become a mattress salesman? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Who is treating her stage IV pressure ulcers, and how are they being treated? Her physician does not sound like a wound care specialist or plastic surgeon.

    Turning is important not only for her skin, but for her lungs and renal system. Constipation is also improved by turning.

    A low air loss mattress does not provide as low pressures as you can get with an air fluidized bed, but the latter is hard to get for home use now since Hill-Rom stopped making the Clinitron II, Rite Hite, and Clinitron-At-Home beds.

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    She is being seen by both, a wound care specialist and a surgeon, KLD. For now the wound care physician has ordered a wound vac for her to use and an alternating air mattress. He is her primary care physician at this time. This is a small community and the doctors really are not the best in their field.

    Her daughter inquired about a turning mattress or bed and the wound care physician stated that studies had been done on the use of turning beds and that they found that there was little benefit for patients with ulcers so he has been reluctant in writing a letter of necessity for her to use.

    I wasn't aware that Hill Rom no longer provided beds. Would an Airus Air bed be an alternative to a Hill Rom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent K View Post
    This is a turning mattress , Alan? I mentioned a Clinitron, I thought that they were recommended highly for patients with ulcers but her physician claims that they provide no more benefit than an air mattress.
    This was a low air loss, lateral rotation (40? turning) mattress. It was not a CliniTron - that's a different manufacturer. This was CliniDyne. It was great. I would love another low air loss, lateral rotation mattress, but I can't afford one, and Medicare won't pay for one because I don't currently have an open stage IV sore (though I was told once a stage IV, always a stage IV.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by alan View Post
    This was a low air loss, lateral rotation (40? turning) mattress. It was not a CliniTron - that's a different manufacturer. This was CliniDyne. It was great. I would love another low air loss, lateral rotation mattress, but I can't afford one, and Medicare won't pay for one because I don't currently have an open stage IV sore (though I was told once a stage IV, always a stage IV.)
    Thank you, Alan. I'll suggest it to her. Her problem is trying to convince her mother's physician to write a letter of necessity for one. He claims that there is little benefit to using a turning mattress over just a lal mattress. She's unable to turn on her own and she is trying to avoid having to go to a nursing facility for her care.

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