"Clean" Mattresses Can Ooze Body Fluids onto Patients
September 26, 2018 | Evaluations & Guidance
- Body fluids that remain on, or within, mattresses and covers after cleaning can contact subsequent patients, posing an infection risk.
a) A bed or stretcher mattress cover is intended to prevent the ingress of body fluids and other contaminants into the mattress. The cover, which is a separate component from the mattress, provides protection by covering the mattress's top, bottom, and sides.
b) During terminal room cleaning, the mattress cover is cleaned and then disinfected (e.g.,...