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FAQs: Medical Mattresses

How much does a hospital mattress cost?

Prevention mattresses typically cost between $500 and up to $2500 or more. Treatment mattresses typically cost between $2500 and up to $8000 or more. The price of a mattress will vary dramatically depending on the type of mattress (foam, gel foam combination, static pressure, alternating pressure, or low air loss), and the features the mattress comes with. Consult your local provider for more specific pricing information.

Can I rent or buy a used medical mattress?

Yes, you can! A mattress is often included in used and rental medical bed packages. Make sure that the mattress has been thoroughly sterilized and cleaned and inspect the mattress for damage before purchasing. Consult your local provider for further information.

Are medical mattresses included with a bed?

Mattresses for medical beds are sold separately unless included in a package. Drive’s Gravity 7 and Invacare’s Solace are both mattresses that are available for purchase with a bed.

Is there funding available for medical mattresses in Canada?

In Canada, various charities may have funding available for mattresses such as Easter Seals and ALS Society of Canada. Please speak to a qualified local dealer to learn more about local and national funding for your area and whether you are eligible for it.

Will Medicare pay for medical mattresses in the U.S.?

In the U.S., Medicare Part B covers 80% of the cost of pressure-reducing support surfaces. They are classified as durable medical equipment (DME) that your doctor prescribes for use at home. Pressure-reducing support surfaces include certain beds, mattresses, and overlays.

What is the size of a hospital bed mattress?

Typically, medical bed mattresses are around 36″ x 80″, but they may come between 32-60″ x 75-84″, depending on the model.

Will standard bed sheets fit a hospital bed mattress?

Although medical beds are generally referred to as twin size, they are usually slightly longer than a regular twin-size mattress. Many medical bed manufacturers produce bed sheets that are designed to fit the mattress properly. This is important for powered therapeutic mattresses such as alternating pressure and low air loss to ensure that the bed sheet does not interfere with air cell inflation/deflation and skin moisture management.

Are medical mattresses safe to use?

On March 10, 2006, the FDA issued “Hospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapment: Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff” that “provides recommendations intended to reduce life-threatening entrapments associated with hospital bed systems”. This guidance contains nonbinding recommendations for measured gaps in four zones, test methods for assessing the gaps, and access to a special Tool Kit for performing the measuring of the gaps. This Guidance is not law and does not supercede existing state laws. For more information visit the FDA website for United States guidelines or the Government of Canada website for Canadian guidelines.

Sheets for home medical mattresses in a box
Many medical bed manufacturers produce bed sheets that are designed to fit the mattress properly, such as Drive’s ‘Bedding in a Box’.
home medical mattress
Drive’s Gravity 7 and Invacare’s Solace are included with the purchase of a bed package.

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