2. How Often Should you get your Mattress Decontaminated or Repaired?
Mattress manufacturers should provide instructions in their user manuals, that describe how and when to inspect, clean and decontaminate the equipment.
There are frequent scenarios which could prompt you to get your mattress decontaminated and repaired:
1. In Between Service Users
Mattresses and their associated beds should be decontaminated appropriately between service users. For instance, when a patient is discharged or a service user moves on, and before the next person needs to use it.
You should also always get your mattress decontaminated between service users, to avoid any risks of cross-infection.
2. After Regular Checks are Performed
In busy hospitals, patients could be discharged and admitted multiple times a day and so the mattress would be decontaminated frequently if following the guidelines above.
However, in long-term care settings, the same service user could be using the same mattress for many months. This means you must perform regular checks on the mattresses, and make sure a frequent inspection regime is carried out, to ensure it is still hygienic and safe for use.
Mattress checks include:
- Inspection of the exterior surface of the mattress cover for signs of damage or strike-through
- Remove the cover and inspect the inside surface and mattress core, for staining or contamination
If you notice that the mattress has been contaminated, you will need to get it decontaminated immediately.
3. If you Identify a Fault in the Mattress
When performing regular checks, or during personal care, you may notice a fault in the mattress. This is when you should look to get it repaired. Examples of faults include:
- Holes in the cover (seen or unseen)
- Air cells not pumping up – sometimes called cell leakage
- Faulty pump unit, including the wiring