Standards for Testing Support Surfaces

Standards for Testing Support Surfaces  American National Standards Institute / Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (ANSI/RESNA)

The NPUAP Support Surface Standards Initiative (S3I) is designated by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Technical Standards Board as the designated standards committee responsible for producing standard test methodologies for support surfaces in the United States. NPUAP is excited to report current progress on standards development.  Four standards are currently in draft form and are in the approval process. These standards will not be available to the public until after they are approved and published. Until they are published manufacturers cannot be expected to have performed the tests. Each of these draft test methods evaluates a specific performance characteristic and do not individually determine a support surface’s efficacy in maintaining tissue integrity.

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