FDA Highlights Mattress Cover Infection Risk
From January 2011 to January 2013, the FDA received 458 reports associated with mattress cover fluid ingress — when the mattress cover leaks blood and body fluids into the mattress. Fluid ingress can cause infection if patients come in contact with the leaked fluids. Fluid leakage can occur due to worn or damaged covers; incorrect cleaning, disinfecting and laundering procedures; and zippers, according to the release.
The FDA issued the Safety Communication to educate healthcare providers on the risk of medical bed mattress cover ingress. "The FDA is concerned that fluid ingress from worn or damaged medical bed mattress covers may be widespread and largely under-recognized by healthcare providers, healthcare facility staff and caregivers," the FDA wrote.
The FDA made 10 recommendations related to mattress cover inspection; removal and replacement; maintenance; and inspection plan development.
More Articles on Infection Control:Updated Guidelines for Patient Bathing Released
Study: Automated UV-C Emitting Device Decrease Pathogens in Patient Rooms
Study: Internet-Based Antimicrobial Stewardship Can Reduce Doses, Cost
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2016. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.
- LifeBond's surgical sealant kit receives FDA IDE approval: 4 things to know
- What is the evidence for using FMT to treat IBD? 5 insights
- Saint Francis Healthcare System adds Dr. Jason Conway: 3 observations
- Premise Health receives AAAHC accreditation for health centers: 5 key notes
- Humana to leave most ACA exchanges after losing $1B: 5 notes