According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), patients have a 6.4% chance of getting an infection whilst being cared for in hospital in England. This equates to 300,000 people a year at a cost to the NHS of a staggering £1billion.
Healthcare-associated infections can affect people of all ages. They exacerbate existing or underlying conditions, delay recovery and adversely affect quality of life. Immobile, bed bound patients are often at a higher risk of infection for two reasons: firstly their immune systems are likely to be weaker. Secondly, bacteria can thrive in a warm, humid foam mattresses.
To prevent this, UK pressure ulcer prevention specialist Rober, has designed its mattress range to minimise risk of infection.
The Chesterfield-based company uses a specialised antimicrobial agent in its waterproof cover. The mattress cover is made from Dartex, which reduces temperature and moisture on the skin.
Furthermore, radio frequency welded seams have also been introduced as an alternative to sewn seams, as the latter can often harbour bacteria and mould and are more difficult to clean.
Rober’s mattress design includes a 360 degree zip and generous “waterfall” flap which can be easily removed and washed. This completely seals off the alternating pressure air mattresses cells, protecting against the ingress of dirt.
To complete the picture, Rober mattresses features a smooth cover that reduces shear and friction and allows the mattress to be wiped down with disinfecting agents.
Overall then, Rober’s mattress design offers a winning combination of advantages. Clever design means decreased risk of pressure injuries, decreased risk of bacterial contamination and increased patient comfort.
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