CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 |
The psychiatric emergency services at two county-run hospitals are so overcrowded that mentally ill patients have to sleep on mattresses on the floor, health officials acknowledged this week. The packed conditions at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center make it more difficult to de-escalate the emotions of patients who arrive at the hospital agitated and anxious, said Christina Ghaly, deputy director of strategic planning for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
August 2, 2011 |
Some hotel guests may be getting a better night's sleep these days, but at the expense of the housekeepers who clean their rooms. In what has been called an "amenities arms race," many hotels now use luxury mattresses that weigh more than 100 pounds each. Multiply those 100 pounds by the 16 to 25 beds the typical housekeeper must make up daily. Add to that the extra pillows to be fluffed, thick duvets and decorative bed skirts to be changed, all without any reduction in the number of rooms each worker is required to clean.
July 14, 2010 |
After 153 infant deaths in the last four years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission moved Wednesday to ban drop-side cribs, jumpstarting the agency's biggest overhaul of baby bed regulations in almost three decades. "There have been improvements in voluntary standards over the years," commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said. "But this will be mandatory federal law." The commissioners voted 5 to 0 for stricter safety standards for mattress supports and a ban on drop-side cribs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2010 |
Jail-issued mattresses and blankets designed to prevent suicides have failed to meet their safety goals, as several Los Angeles County inmates have been able to fashion nooses from their bedding. In one instance last year, an inmate was found in his cell in the sitting position, hanging from a makeshift noose tied to the top of a bunk bed. The noose in the April 2009 suicide was made from a strip of fabric torn from a mattress cover that had been designed to guard against suicides, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
June 14, 2010 |
Poor Flag Day. It has to be the single most ignored national holiday in an otherwise patriotic country that loves its holidays — and no, it's not just because we don't get the day off. Nor is it because Flag Day gets lost between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The real reason that most Americans ignore the June 14 holiday is that it's utterly redundant. In the United States, every day is Flag Day. That's right. In this flag-crazy world, Americans are arguably the most obsessed with our national banner.
May 26, 2010 |
At his Newark, N.J., factory, Michael Hammer, chief executive of Shifman Mattress, sees all the evidence he needs to be convinced the economy is on the rebound. Workers are busy filling orders for the company's premium mattresses, some of which sell for as much as $20,000 for a queen-size mattress and box-spring set. Sales jumped 42% in January compared with the same month a year earlier, and year-to-date sales increased 30% over the same period in 2009. "We're still down a little from 2008, but let me tell you, it's fabulous," Hammer said.
September 26, 2009 |
Simmons Co., the maker of Beautyrest mattresses, said it planned to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a move that would put new owners in charge of the bedding unit and significantly lower the Atlanta company's debt. Sales have slumped for mattress makers as consumers pull back on their spending during the recession, especially on big-ticket items.
July 19, 2009 |
As part of a new marketing campaign, Sit 'n Sleep has launched a mattress buyback program to encourage customers to trade in their old mattresses toward the purchase of a new one. The promotion is available at all 22 Sit 'n Sleep stores and ends Aug. 23. Any old mattress will qualify, and customers do not need to bring the mattress to the store -- it just should be ready to be picked up when the new one is delivered. The Gardena company said it would use a "sliding scale" to determine the worth of the old mattress.
May 3, 2009
I enjoyed Valli Herman's article "Grab More Than Just the Towels" [April 19]. My wife and I recently stayed at Marriott's Grand Chateau in Las Vegas. Both of us have arthritic backs, and we were amazed at the comfort of the mattress in our room. We contacted Marriott and were told that we slept on a memory foam mattress made by Jamison and that we could purchase one through marriott. It cost $1,900. Jamison mattresses are made on the East Coast and are not easily available in California.
April 19, 2009 |
The enemy is stealthy and bloodthirsty. It attacks innocent victims without warning, while they sleep. Fortunately, the federal government is on the case. The Environmental Protection Agency convened the first National Bed Bug Summit -- a veritable Yalta conference for the species Cimex lectularius -- in an Arlington hotel ballroom last week. With help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and even the Pentagon, the EPA assembled scientists, state and local officials, and a colony of exterminators to buzz about such topics as "Bed Bug Perspectives," "Bed Bug Basics" and "Government Responses to Bed Bugs."