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Changing pressure-redistributing mattress stocks: costs and outcomes

, : Changing pressure-redistributing mattress stocks: costs and outcomes. British Journal of Nursing 14(6): S30-S32

There remains considerable confusion regarding the selection of appropriate pressure-redistributing support surfaces, although it is accepted that use of low-pressure foam mattresses is likely to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers compared with standard hospital mattresses. In this study, a 650- hospital replaced its mattress stock with low-pressure foam mattresses with over pounds sterling 100 000 cost savings in the first year after implementation. Incidence and prevalence data were recorded but given the challenges of interpreting apparent trends in the data (due to the lack of robust data collection methodologies and no case-mix adjustment) these data were not included.


PMID: 15902022

DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2005.14.Sup1.17811

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