Five things to consider for your mattress cover

30/06/2015 11:45:55

It’s something that’s often overlooked, but your hospital mattress cover plays a vital role in patient comfort and recovery. Here are 5 reasons why you need to consider what your mattress cover is made of...

It’s something that’s often overlooked, but your hospital mattress cover plays a vital role in patient comfort and recovery. Here are 5 reasons why you need to consider what your mattress cover is made of...
 
Contact with skin – While there will always be a sheet fitted on a hospital mattress, there will always be occasions where the sheet rides up and there is the potential for skin contact on the mattress surface. Therefore it is vital that the mattress cover is ‘skin-friendly’ to reduce the potential for pressure ulcers developing 
 
Optimal barrier – choosing the right cover material ensures the product remains waterproof even if it needs regular cleaning. Maintaining a waterproof patient surface with sealed seams means a reduced risk of cross infection.
 
Vapour permeable – a cover with the wrong moisture vapour permeability can seriously limit the microclimate effect at the skin interface on an expensive microclimate management surface.
 
Extension – The right cover on the right mattress core will perform at its optimum ability. Without sufficient four way stretch a mattress cover on a pressure distributing core such as foam may hammock.  This will prevent effective pressure redistribution.
 
Reliability – The mattress cover determines product life . While the cover may be susceptible to cleaning regimes and bodily fluids, the cover can be easily replaced throughout the life of the mattress core. By choosing the right cover and maintaining it, the whole support surface can enjoy a long and useful life.
 
 
Want to know more? Talk to our technical team about the types of Dartex® mattress covers available enquiries@dartexcoatings.com 
 
 
 




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