FDA warns providers of risks associated with medical bed mattresses

After receiving more than 450 reports of medical bed mattress covers failing to prevent blood and body fluid ingress from January 2011 to January 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert calling on healthcare professionals to inspect and replace worn medical bed mattress covers. The FDA warned that damaged or worn covers for medical bed mattresses can lead to contamination and patient infection, and that the issue may be widespread and largely under-recognized by healthcare providers and hospital staff. Alert

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