Reducing Specialty Bed Use

Mahon, Deborah; Jensen, Vicki; Palmer, Sharon; Peterson, Mary; Vowell, Vicki
May 1995
Nursing Economic$;May/Jun95, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p174
Academic Journal
Educating nursing and medical staff is a continuous process. As new interns and residents rotate through the hospital they receive information about the assessment tool and decision guide for specialty beds. The information is also included in orientation of all nursing staff. Ongoing literature review and new product evaluations are part of the continuous monitoring system designed to assure quality patient outcomes. A multidisciplinary task force was formed to design a two-fold study addressing costs and efficacy of specialty beds and kinetic therapy at a hospital in Colorado. A new fluid mattress has been added to the selection choices for pressure-relieving surfaces. This new product has proven to be very successful and cost effective.


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