Table 1. Selected characteristics for classes of support surfaces

Support Devices
Performance Characteristics Air-fluidized Low-air loss Alternating Air Static Flotation (air or water) Foam Standard Mattress
Increased support areaYesYesYesYesYesNo
Low moisture retentionYesYesNoNoNoNo
Reduced heat accumulationYesYesNoNoNoNo
Shear reductionYes?YesYesNoNo
Pressure reductionYesYesYesYesYesNo
Cost per dayHighHighModerateLowLowLow

From: 15, Pressure Ulcer Treatment

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