Evaluation of a range of hospital replacement mattresses

J Wound Care. 1999 Nov;8(10):495-7. doi: 10.12968/jowc.1999.8.10.26216.


A combination of physical measurement and clinical testing was used to evaluate a range of pressure-reducing replacement mattresses, which had met tender specifications, in order to reduce the number available for selection in the purchasing process. Factors considered included mattress price and expected life-span. The results presented have supported a purchasing decision to replace mattresses but care should be taken in adopting these findings in a different context from that of a district general hospital. Optimum performance was found in one mattress replacement (Pentaflex).

MeSH terms

  • Beds / economics
  • Beds / standards*
  • Beds / supply & distribution
  • Choice Behavior
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Pressure
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Purchasing, Hospital