Repairing Damaged Mattresses and Stretchers

Damage to mattresses and stretchers can be a major problem in health care settings. Studies have shown that the damage rate to stretchers, foam mattresses and air loss mattresses could be as high as 46 per cent. In the UK, the national average is estimated at 27 per cent, meaning more than one in four requires mending. This damage can mean that beds are taken out of use until expensive replacements found or time-consuming repairs completed.

Damaged mattresses and stretchers cannot be cleaned properly and could become a risk to patient safety. It is important to catch damage early and restore the surface to an intact and hygienic state in order to preserve performance characteristics and cleanability.

Mattresses can be damaged in a number of ways. Mechanical damage can arise through scraping against walls or door frames, impact with equipment, sharp objects including needles, and improper storage. Chemical damage can be caused by frequent or prolonged exposure to harsh undiluted disinfectants and by inappropriate cleaning and care. General wear and tear also takes a toll.

Diversey’s CleanPatch is a CE-registered Class 1 medical device for repairing damaged mattresses to an intact and hygienic state. It reduces the risk of cross-contamination and enables rapid, simple and effective mending of damaged mattresses in hospitals and care homes to extend their useful lifetime, minimise the need for expensive replacements and maximise bed availability. The patch can also be used to repair stretchers in ambulances and patient transfer vehicles to help crews, preparation teams and Make Ready professionals keep these important vehicles in service.

CleanPatch fulfils these requirements with its simple but effective design. It is made from latex-free, biocompatible materials and has been clinically tested and validated by independent infection prevention professionals. To use, the backing is simply peeled off and the patch applied in the desired position. It then provides a durable barrier which is impervious to fluids under arduous conditions. Moreover, it is resilient to all types of cleaning product which is important because mattresses and stretchers must be cleaned after each use.