A type of hospital bed, often used by intensive care units, poses a risk of cross infection, regulators have warned.
The Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency has issued a safety alert about the Hill-Rom TotalCare Duo 2 pressure relieving bed.
The agency said the manufacturer had not provide suitable decontamination instructions, and it had received reports from two trusts of damaged mattress covers allowing body fluids from previous occupants to soak into the mattress.
'No instruction was provided on how to check the condition of the mattress and cover. This presents a risk of cross infection.' The agency said.
Nurses have been asked to trace all of the beds in use or storage, and check mattresses for signs of fluid contamination or damage.