Support Surface Standards Initiative (S3I)

Founded in 2001 to fill the need for performance and reporting standards, the S3I was originally created as a three year project tasked with development of uniform terminology, test methods and reporting standards for support surfaces. With the recent affiliation with ANSI/RESNA, S3I becomes the official standards body for the United States. With this expanded role, the NPUAP has made S3I a continuing sub committee under the Research Committee with the charge to implement appropriate standards. Through S3I the NPUAP intends to improve industry understanding of the importance of the support surface body interface, and provide the tools necessary to improve the quality of life and the ultimate outcome for the bed bound individual.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is coordinating the development of a uniform terminology, test methods and reporting standards for support surfaces. The guidelines will provide an objective means for evaluating and comparing support surface characteristics. Test methods and reporting standards will improve the process of selection and procurement. Clinicians, patients and other users would benefit from having product information and test data presented in a consistent manner. In essence, standards will empower consumers. Standards will also serve as a product development guide for manufacturers and enhance quality assurance in the manufacturing process.

Click HERE for the Support Surface Standards (S3I) Terms and Definitions.

Click HERE for more information on how to become a S3I Member or participate in the S3I Meetings.