One of the lesser known dangers in nursing homes, defective products can cause serious medical problems for residents, and sometimes death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a safety alert around mattress covers in nursing homes. Here, the issue isn’t the mattress covers being inherently defective—it’s when they become comprised that a health risk arises. The FDA explains, “damaged or worn covers for medical bed mattresses can allow blood and body fluids to penetrate medical bed mattresses, posing a risk of infection to patients.”
Mattress covers, in nursing homes and other residential care facilities, are safety products; they prevent fluids and other organic material from penetrating into the mattress. But the FDA has received hundreds of reports in the past several years of mattress covers failing, letting infected matter into the mattresses. The failure happens when the covers are torn, the material thins, the covers are improperly used and/or not zipped correctly. Nursing home residents are especially vulnerable to infections from mattresses—they spend a lot of time in bed, particularly patients who are immobile. And, when coupled with an already comprised immune system (and usually, one or more unrelated pre-existing conditions), an infection in an elderly person can often become life-threatening.
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