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Thread: Static air mattress overlays are being discontinued...any ideas?

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    Static air mattress overlays are being discontinued...any ideas?

    I'm a somewhat ambulatory w/walker, partial SCI C 5-6-7. Have used static air mattress overlays like the Drive 14428 for years. Good for about 12 to 18 months. Did the job for me for pressure relief. Sleeping on regular mattress means waking up after four or five hours with generalized back pain and discomfort. I'd end up finishing the night sitting on a chair sleeping with my head down on a table.

    Tried to reorder Drive 14428, to find it's been discontinued. Searched for other manufacturers. Thought I'd found one, then was informed by a distributor that my alternate choice also was "unobtainium". I suspect the once ubiquitous static air mattress overlay is heading for extinction.

    The cheap air mattress overlays with constantly running recirculating pumps look like junk. Memory foam overlays over existing hospital bed mattress make me bottom out, resulting in the four hours and wake syndrome described above.

    Any ideas for alternative that don't cost an arm and a leg?

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    I have no doubt what you say about the source discontinuing. But I googled "drive 14428" and had lots of hits. Picking one, this place seems to have some still in stock:
    https://www.tigermedical.com/Product..._DRI14428.aspx
    Good luck
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Have you looked at other brands? There are several manufacturers who make similar overlays:

    EHOB: https://www.ehob.com/products/catego...port-surfaces/

    Medline: http://www.amescrubs.com/medline-aer...erlay/382967/p

    Roho: http://www.moxiusa.com/prodigy.html (this is more expensive, but a much higher quality product)

    These are falling off the market because they don't provide a significant amount of pressure reduction for pressure injury prevention, and don't have enough of a market as a comfort item.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Have you looked at other brands? There are several manufacturers who make similar overlays:

    EHOB: https://www.ehob.com/products/catego...port-surfaces/

    Medline: http://www.amescrubs.com/medline-aer...erlay/382967/p

    Roho: http://www.moxiusa.com/prodigy.html (this is more expensive, but a much higher quality product)

    These are falling off the market because they don't provide a significant amount of pressure reduction for pressure injury prevention, and don't have enough of a market as a comfort item.

    (KLD)
    That's just what is concerning me, that the whole category seems to be destined for extinction. After trying to order a Stat Air 5300 and then getting the order cancelled, I'm experimenting with a blowup camping pad.

    I tried the blowup pad on top of the two inch thick memory foam, but it feels like knots coming through on my back after just ten minutes. Will try next directly on the rather crappy hospital bed mattress....

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    Follow-up....camping air mattress pad is better than nothing, but barely. It is designed to reflect body heat, which it does ok, but it makes me too hot at night.

    The Medline static air overlay also appears to be going away per their website: https://www.medline.com/product/Aero...ay/Z05-PF05650

    Afraid Waffle brand is all that's left, and I don't have faith it will continue their model. Means I'm getting forced into the low-end overlay with recirculating pumps. Do the pumps on these run all the time? Any recommendations?

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    Did you look at the Roho product?

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    Fyi they are not being discontinued there are several other models. Trust me I am a dme owner. Check out drive models 14003 as well ass another supplier Mfr# 1004ECP. I did a quick search on mckessons medical site and found at least 5 of them.

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    I use them although no one believes in them. I just looked and they are in stock all over!
    "Yesterday's History,Tomorrow's a Mystery"

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    iowegian3,

    Regarding "... static air mattress overlay is heading for extinction." - a couple of additional type/brand alternatives are this one and this one, the associated manufacturers having suggested no indication of discontinuation.

    Your unobtainium reference was clever.

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