The bed is alarming! – How competent are staff in the operation and maintenance of pressure mattresses and other medical devices?
By FIONA HODDER, director, First4Success Ltd
‘Why are you putting on an apron and gloves?’ ‘Because the mattress in that room is alarming and the patient has MRSA.’ ‘You only need to press the cancel button though.’ ‘No, I’m actually going to see if I can find out why it is alarming.’
This conversation took place earlier this year when I returned to bedside nursing for a short while, having spent several years in industry, predominantly for companies who provide pressure relieving equipment.