When it comes to combining nursing and hospital beds with appropriate mattresses there are many challenges and safety risks.
Bedridden clients with physical and/or cognitive impairments are at risk of getting their feet, legs, hands, arms or head clamped in different openings or are even at risk of slipping on to the floor through the side rail if the bed and mattress do not match. Add to this the many different types of hospital and nursing beds, and the even greater variation of mattresses.
However, not everyone knows that all mattresses can’t be combined with all types of beds. Most often, the bed and mattress combination are based on what was readily available and the given point in time. At best it is the client's medical history that determines which mattress is granted. Unfortunately, whether the bed and mattress are compatible is often overlooked.
Not only should the combination of bed and mattress abide by current regulations, it should also be the most appropriate constellation for the client.
To counter these risks, the international standard for beds, IEC 60601-2-52, was adopted across the EU. The standard describes the requirements for the combination of bed and mattress and outlines a series of requirements, for which it is the responsibility of the manufacturers to live up to.
However, it is also the responsibility of the healthcare staff to ensure that the client’s bed and mattress are compatible, and to stay up to date with current legislation to make sure to avoid all unintended incidents involving the bed or other assistive living aids.
However, most people aren’t familiar with this legislation. In part this can be attributed to the standard being difficult to access. Not only because it is expensive to purchase, but also because it is difficult and time consuming to understand. The result is, that the risk of unintended incident is far greater than most people realize.
At Vendlet we believe that this is a very important, but unfortunately also a very overlooked area. Therefore, all our consultants are equipped with a test tool, which makes it possible for them to check if the distances between the elements of the bed and the mattress is compatible with current legislation. This also concerns the mounting of a VENDLET system. We never mount a system without making sure that it is in compliance with legislation.