MATTRESSES AND COVERS
When it comes to their bed, patients deserve more than basic comfort. They deserve every modern convenience. This is why Curbell Medical is focused on providing the highest quality healthcare mattresses and mattresses covers in the industry.
CHOOSING A MATTREESS
On the surface, most mattresses look pretty much alike — most of them are just blue rectangles, after all. But what’s inside (and out) can have a big impact on patient comfort, patient safety, and durability.
Comfort, safety, and durability, aren’t independent of each other. A mattress that’s so thin that the patient “bottoms out” onto the bed or stretcher is not just uncomfortable — it’s also unsafe, as an unsupportive mattress could lead to pressure injuries. A mattress that lets fluids leak into its seams isn’t just unsafe — it’s also less durable, as those fluids can cause the foam to degrade. When choosing a mattress, keep all of these things in mind; and if you’re having trouble figuring out what you need, contact your Curbell sales representative at 1-800-235-7500.
FOAM THICKNESS AND TYPE
Consider what type of foam and thickness will be appropriate for your stretchers and beds to provide comfort and to minimize risk from pressure injuries.
Options include memory foam, which allows the patient to be immersed into the mattress reducing pressure to body regions that are susceptible to pressure injuries; and non-powered reactive mattresses that deliver dynamic response to patient movement.
Stretchers and beds may look the same size from one model to the next, but there can be several inches difference from one to the next. Make sure you get the right size for your stretcher or bed frame.
PATIENT WEIGHT LIMIT
Consider yor patient population and make sure your mattresses can support their weight.
Fluids can make their way into mattresses via several routes, from the seams and zipper to tears and punctures For maximum fluid resistance, look for seams that are welded, rather than sewn, as well as zippers that aren’t completely exposed.
Make sure your mattresses are able to withstand your hospital’s cleaning protocol. A less expensive material might seem appealing from a budget standpoint, but the disinfectants your hospital uses may cut its life short. For the best durability and resistance to bleach and peroxide, look for a mattress cover made of a polyester-coated knit with a polycarbonate additive.
The mattresses that came with your beds and stretchers were tested to various standards, and the mattresses that replace them should, too.
The Support Surface Standards Initiative (S3I) was founded in 2001 to fill the need for performance and reporting standards. It develops uniform terminology, test methods, and reporting standards for support surfaces, and with the affiliation with ANSI/RESNA, it became the official standards body for the United States.