Friday, February 18, 2011
Require Hospitals to Provide Safe Mattresses
There is now so much evidence that effective pressure reduction support surfaces result in greatly reduced pressure ulcer incidence rates that there can be no question that hospitals must not be allowed to cause bedsores by using inferior mattresses. All states should pass laws similar to New Jersey's requiring safe mattresses in nursing homes and hospitals. Education is a major focus of the NDF, and we must concentrate on educating state legislators about pressure ulcers and how they can take action to solve the problem.