AIRSTREAM3 is a high performance 3 cell-cycle alternating pressure mattress which represents the continuing evolution of Airwave Technology*.
Designed to prevent pressure injuries in patients at very high risk especially if they have significant mobility restrictions and or when repositioning is difficult, dangerous or inappropriate. AIRSTREAM3 is also the support surface of choice for treating patients with established deep pressure injuries (stages 3 and 4).
AIRSTREAM3 is designed to mechanically replicate the body’s natural spontaneous movement in response to unrelieved pressure. Through the use of Airwave Technology, AIRSTREAM3 provides regular and complete pressure elimination to all parts of the body in contact with the mattress. The complete elimination of pressure stimulates reactive hyperaemia in the deep tissues surrounding the vulnerable bony prominences promoting blood and lymph flow to maintain tissue viability in bed confined individuals.
AIRSTREAM3 has 20 arrow shaped air-cells placed transversely with two reinforced, permanently inflated cells running lengthwise at the edges to protect against patient falls and assist when transferring from bed to chair. A retaining system holds the cells in fixed position beneath the body so that during deflation contact pressure is removed from exactly the same site it had been applied when the cells were inflated. AIRSTREAM3 is the support surface of choice for patients being nursed in critical care units.
* Use of the Airwave system to Prevent Pressure Sores in Hospital – Prof. A N Extin-Smith, Lancet, 1982, 1288-1290