"Clean" Mattresses Can Ooze Body Fluids onto Patients

September 26, 2018 | Evaluations & Guidance


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  1. 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.,...

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