Air Mattresses for Hospital Beds

Air Mattresses for Hospital Beds

Level 3 & 4*

These air mattresses for hospital beds are considered the best for long-term care. Alternating pressure, low air loss, and lateral rotation mattresses help prevent bed sores. All sold with a low-price match guarantee and free shipping.

Don't know which type of hospital bed mattress you need? 
We wrote a comprehensive "Hospital Bed Mattress Buying Guide" to help you pick the RIGHT mattress for your unique needs. Check it out. 

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Do you need an air mattress for your hospital bed? 

These are not your typical air mattresses that you might get to take camping or throw on the floor when guests arrive. These air mattresses are for use in medical and long-term care environments as a complete mattress system that replaces the existing mattress, particularly on a hospital bed. They distribute a patient's weight evenly and reduce the risk of pressure sores which can be a common problem for those who are bedridden or spend a lot of time in bed due to limited mobility. 

Let’s take a deep dive into the different types of air mattresses commonly used with hospital beds in medical and home environments:

Types of hospital bed air mattresses

You can sort out these types of air mattresses by using the filter on this page. Select "Mattress features." 

Alternating pressure mattresses

Alternating pressure mattresses are designed to provide pressure relief for those who spend a good deal of time in a hospital bed by alternately inflating and deflating air cells to mimic the movement of a patient's body. They are powered by an electric pump that regulates the air pressure in the mattress.

+ Designed for those with moderate risk of developing bedsores.

Low air loss mattresses

Low-air loss mattresses are designed to help manage moisture buildup and maintain a dry environment for the patient. They comprise a series of air-filled cells covered by a permeable fabric that helps patients with a high risk of developing bedsores and requiring continuous pressure relief. You can buy this mattress if you are looking for a long-term hospital bed mattress for those who are bedridden. Many low air loss mattresses are also alternating pressure mattresses.

+ Designed for those with high risk of developing bedsores. 

Lateral rotation mattresses

Lateral rotation mattresses are designed to prevent and treat pressure ulcers by gently turning the patient from side to side. These mattresses are powered by an electric motor that helps rotate the patient. Many lateral rotation mattresses are either alternating pressure and/or low air loss mattresses, as well. 

+ For those patients who spend a significant amount of time in bed.

Bariatric air mattresses

Bariatric air mattresses for hospital beds are designed for patients who are overweight or obese. These mattresses are larger and more durable than standard air mattresses and can support patients weighing up to 1,000 pounds. They are typically used in intensive care units and other hospital settings where bariatric patients require long-term bed rest. 

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Use the filter on this page to sort out the type of hospital bed air mattress you need. Select "Mattress Features."

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hospital bed air mattresses?

There are several different types of air mattresses available for hospital beds, each with its own set of benefits and features. By understanding the different types of air mattresses available, you can select the most appropriate option for your patients and help prevent the development of pressure ulcers.

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of air mattresses for hospital beds.

Air Mattress Advantages

  • Pressure Relief:
    Air mattresses are designed to evenly distribute a patient's weight, reducing pressure points and the risk of developing bedsores.
  • Customizable Firmness:
    You can adjust the air pressure inside the mattress to provide the patient with the desired level of firmness and comfort.
  • Durability:
    Air mattresses are made from durable materials and can withstand regular use in a hospital environment.
  • Easy to Clean:
    Most air mattresses have removable covers that can you can easily clean and disinfect. 

Air Mattress Disadvantages

  • Noise:
    Some air mattresses can be noisy when the air pressure is being adjusted or when a patient moves around on the bed.
  • Cost:
    Air mattresses can be more expensive than traditional mattresses, which can be a consideration for healthcare facilities on a tight budget.
  • Requires Electricity:
    Some air mattresses require electricity to inflate and maintain the air pressure, which can be a consideration in areas with unreliable power supplies.

Nonetheless, air mattresses are a good choice for a hospital bed if you carefully compare the options and make a selection based on your needs, budget and liking.

Check out the options we have or if it’s your first time buying a hospital bed mattress, message or call us for advice and assistance!

If you don't need this level of comfort, click to see our other hospital bed mattress options.

*Mattress level explanation

Choose a mattress level based on patient weight, how much time the patient will spend in bed, and whether or not the patient is in other ways prone to bed sores. 

  • Level 1: Those who spend minimal or temporary time in the hospital bed;
  • Level 2: Those who spend at least 12 hours per every 24 hour cycle in the hospital bed;
  • Level 3: Those for heavier patients and/or confined to the hospital bed for most of every 24 hour cycle;
  • Level 4: Air mattress for those confined to the bed and/or highly susceptible to bed sores.
  • Protekt® Aire 3000 Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress 80030

    Protekt® Aire 3000 Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress 80030

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $525.00
    current price $289.95
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjust pressure on pump for individualized comfort ••• Removable, fluid-resistant cover...
    MSRP: $525.00
    current price $289.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 3500 5" Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress System w/ 3" Foam Base 83500 by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 3500 5" Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress System w/ 3" Foam Base 83500 by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $689.95
    current price $364.95
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• 5" air mattress with 3" fiber foam base ••• Adjust pressure on pump for individualized comfort...
    MSRP: $689.95
    current price $364.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 4000DX Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss System 80040DX by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 4000DX Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss System 80040DX by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $700.00
    current price $369.95
    Digital 8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Digital adjustable LED weight settings ••• Fluid-resistant nylon cover...
    MSRP: $700.00
    current price $369.95
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  • 8" Alternating Pressure Mattress and Pump LVA1066 by Vive Health

    8" Alternating Pressure Mattress and Pump LVA1066 by Vive Health

    Vive Health

    MSRP: $499.99
    current price $374.99
    Digital 8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Variable pressure settings for individual comfort ••• Removable, waterproof cover...
    MSRP: $499.99
    current price $374.99
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  • Meridian SatinAir Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress & Pump MER-SAPM2

    Meridian SatinAir Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress & Pump MER-SAPM2

    Meridian

    MSRP: $799.99
    current price $384.95
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air cells ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjustable mattress firmness for individual comfort ••• Fluid resistant, vapor permeable, low shear...
    MSRP: $799.99
    current price $384.95
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  • Rhythm Softcaire EC 5" air plus 3" foam base mattress system

    Softcaire EC 5" Alternating Pressure Plus 3" Foam Base Mattress System by Rhythm

    Rhythm Healthcare

    MSRP: $799.95
    current price $384.95
    9 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• 5" air mattress with 3" foam base ••• Adjust pressure on pump for individualized comfort...
    MSRP: $799.95
    current price $384.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 5000DX Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ 3" Foam Base 80050DX by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 5000DX Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ 3" Foam Base 80050DX by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $750.00
    current price $389.95
    Digital 8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• 5" air mattress on 3" densified foam base ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjustable LED weight settings...
    MSRP: $750.00
    current price $389.95
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  • Drive Med Aire Melody Alternating Pressure Mattress & Pump 14026

    Drive Med Aire Melody Alternating Pressure Mattress & Pump 14026

    Drive Medical

    MSRP: $658.84
    current price $424.95
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air cells ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjustable mattress firmness for individual comfort ••• Fluid resistant, vapor permeable cover...
    MSRP: $658.84
    current price $424.95
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  • Meridian SatinAir Alternating Pressure Mattress System with 3" Foam Base MER-SAPM53

    Meridian SatinAir Alternating Pressure Mattress System with 3" Foam Base MER-SAPM53

    Meridian

    MSRP: $975.00
    current price $444.95
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air cells ••• 5" air mattress on 3" foam base ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjust mattress firmness for individual comfort •••...
    MSRP: $975.00
    current price $444.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 4600DX Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ Cell on Cell Base 84600DX by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 4600DX Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ Cell on Cell Base 84600DX by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $915.00
    current price $469.95
    Digital 8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• 4" cell-on-cell base holds air in case of power failure ••• Fluid-resistant cover...
    MSRP: $915.00
    current price $469.95
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    Drive 14027 Med Aire Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress & Pump

    Drive Medical

    MSRP: $1,204.65
    current price $479.95
    Alternating pressure ••• Low air loss ••• Adjustable mattress firmness ••• Fluid resistant, vapor permeable cover ••• 20 individual easy-to-replace air bladders •••...
    MSRP: $1,204.65
    current price $479.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 3600 Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ Cell-on-Cell Base 83600 by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 3600 Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ Cell-on-Cell Base 83600 by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $939.95
    current price $479.95
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• 4" cell-on-cell base holds air in case of power failure ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjust pressure on pump for individual...
    MSRP: $939.95
    current price $479.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 6400 Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress & Deluxe Pump 86400 by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 6400 Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress & Deluxe Pump 86400 by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $975.00
    current price $499.95
    Digital 8 LPM LED pump includes auto firm, seat inflate and static modes ••• Alternating pressure inflates and deflates air cells ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjust weight settings and...
    MSRP: $975.00
    current price $499.95
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  • Med Aire 5" Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss + 3" Foam Base 14530

    Med Aire 5" Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss + 3" Foam Base 14530

    Drive Medical

    MSRP: $1,315.39
    current price $544.00
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air cells ••• 5" air cells on 3" foam base ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjust mattress firmness for individual comfort •••...
    MSRP: $1,315.39
    current price $544.00
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  • Protekt® Aire 6450 Alternating Pressure Mattress w/ 3" Foam Base & Deluxe Pump 86450 by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 6450 Alternating Pressure Mattress w/ 3" Foam Base & Deluxe Pump 86450 by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $1,100.00
    current price $559.95
    Digital 8 LPM LED pump includes auto firm, seat inflate and static modes ••• 5" air mattress on 3" densified foam base ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Alternating pressure mattress helps...
    MSRP: $1,100.00
    current price $559.95
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  • Meridian Ultra Care 4800 Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress & 8 LPM Pump

    Meridian Ultra Care 4800 Alternating Pressure Low Air Loss Mattress & 8 LPM Pump

    Meridian

    MSRP: $1,199.95
    current price $578.95
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air cells ••• Low air loss helps keep skin cool and dry ••• Adjust mattress firmness for individual comfort ••• Fluid resistant, vapor permeable cover...
    MSRP: $1,199.95
    current price $578.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 3600AB Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ Cell-on-Cell Base, Side Air Bolsters 83600AB by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 3600AB Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ Cell-on-Cell Base, Side Air Bolsters 83600AB by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $1,250.00
    current price $639.95
    8 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• 4" cell-on-cell base holds air in case of power failure ••• Raised side bolsters helps prevent patient roll out ••• Low air loss helps keep skin...
    MSRP: $1,250.00
    current price $639.95
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  • Softcaire DX deluxe alternating pressure mattress system

    Softcaire DX Alternating Pressure Cell on Cell Mattress & Deluxe Pump H88410 by Rhythm

    Rhythm Healthcare

    MSRP: $1,399.95
    current price $639.95
    Digital 9 LPM pump alternately inflates and deflates air cells ••• Cell-on-cell bladder structure provides consistent support ••• Digital pump with seat inflate, static, max firm and adjustable pressure and cycle times...
    MSRP: $1,399.95
    current price $639.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 6000 Alternating Pressure Mattress w/ Cell-on-Cell Base, Deluxe Pump 80060 by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 6000 Alternating Pressure Mattress w/ Cell-on-Cell Base, Deluxe Pump 80060 by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $1,300.00
    current price $659.95
    Digital 8 LPM LED pump includes auto firm, seat inflate and static modes ••• 4" cell-on-cell base holds air in case of power failure ••• Alternating pressure mattress helps prevent and treat pressure sores •••...
    MSRP: $1,300.00
    current price $659.95
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  • Protekt® Aire 4600DXAB Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ Cell on Cell Base, Raised Side Bolsters 84600DXAB by Proactive

    Protekt® Aire 4600DXAB Alternating Pressure Mattress System w/ Cell on Cell Base, Raised Side Bolsters 84600DXAB by Proactive

    Proactive Medical

    MSRP: $1,375.00
    current price $699.95
    Digital 8 LPM LED pump alternately inflates and deflates air bladders ••• Cell-on-cell design holds air in case of power failure ••• Raised side bolsters helps prevent patient roll out ••• Low air loss helps...
    MSRP: $1,375.00
    current price $699.95
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