Health care mattresses, especially those used to prevent bedsores, are subjected to stringent tests before they can be used in nursing homes or hospitals. MMC (Medical Mattress Care), a Belgian manufacturer of health care mattresses, uses the Memmert heating oven UNB200 to bring its foam test specimens to the temperature required by ISO 1856.

Health care mattresses for maximum comfort Health care mattresses and anti-decubitus mattresses for hospitals and nursing homes have to live up to even higher demands. Michel Marynissen, managing director of Medical Mattress Care (MMC), located in the Belgian town Lokeren, already had gathered much experience with the manufacturing and sale of foam products before starting his own company in 2005. Therefore, he had a very good idea of how he wanted to improve the quality and hygiene of mattresses. In addition to the core product ‘health care mattresses’ the company now also produces mattress covers, mattress overlays, blankets, positioning cushions, wheelchair cushions, pillows and the ergonomic MMC Relax armchair. “We offer a Total Care Package for home care, nursing homes and hospitals,” says Managing Director Marynissen, who collaborates with the German nursing bed manufacturer Malsch, among others. Together, they want to venture onto new territory. “We want to push the usual sterile look and feel of nursing beds to the back seat in favour of more comfortable surroundings and pleasant, high-quality materials while still giving top priority to safety, hygiene and, of course, cost-efficient cleaning and handling. Marynissen is certain that the market has barely begun to discover the innovative potential of mattresses. For instance, MMC has a mattress in its portfolio that increases oxygen uptake at night by 30 %, speeding up regeneration and making sleep more restorative.

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