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J Wound Care. 2000 Jan;9(1):29-31.

Comparison of a new foam mattress with the standard hospital mattress.

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Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK.


This study evaluates pressure ulcer incidence rates and comfort perceptions in 100 subjects admitted to a district general hospital. Subjects were divided into two groups, Group A using the standard hospital mattress (Transfoam), which had been in use in the hospital for three years, and Group B using the study mattress (Transfoamwave), which was new at the beginning of the trial. Due to the low observed incidence of pressure ulcers, it has not been possible to determine whether there is a difference in the clinical performance of the mattresses. Both appear to provide similar levels of comfort. Seat cushions were provided for each trial subject but staff failed to make good use of them, which suggests that more education is required in this area.

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