G_IPC_05 Mattresses and Pressure Relieving Cushions (including Leak Testing)

 Infection Prevention and Control of Mattresses

Poor maintenance of mattresses and their covers may lead to damage, staining of the mattress or inner surfaces of the mattress covers.  This damage can promote the growth of micro-organisms, which are a potential cause of transmission of infection.  The proper care, maintenance and cleaning of mattresses and covers is therefore essential.

This guideline serves to provide an outline in relation to the care of mattresses used by the Trust.

  • To provide guidance on cleaning, maintenance and audit of mattresses with a view to ensuring that the risks of HCAI are reduced
  • To ensure that mattresses are replaced as soon as they become non-compliant
  • To provide guidance on the procedure for mattress storage and disposal

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