Evaluation of a range of hospital replacement mattresses

W.George Kernohan, Anne Witherow, Sylvia Allen-Hamilton, Myles O'Hagan

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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).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-497
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Wound Care
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Nov 1999

Bibliographical note

Small scale science with large scale impact. Contributed to decision-making in replacement of hospital mattresses in subsequent years.


  • mattress
  • patient care
  • hospital engineering
  • surface analysis


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