With patients requiring anything from a simple overnight stay to daily support, hospitals need to ensure they have the facilities available to them that allow for consistent and efficient patient care. Arguably the most important facility of all is the patient’s bed as this is where they will spend most of their time. Therefore, it is no surprise that hospitals use a wide range of beds to facilitate the demand of having thousands of new patients with differing needs every year.
Here are some examples of beds that are commonly used in hospitals today:
Profiling beds are designed to provide support for patients with restricted movement. These electrically adjustable beds consist of two, three or four parts that can be raised and lowered according to a patient’s needs. The absence of manual involvement when changing a patient’s position reduces the risk of injury to the carer and makes using a hoist much easier. Another advantage of the profiling bed is patients with respiratory and circulatory difficulties can feel more at ease with a simple adjustment of the backrest to a higher level.
More commonly seen in care homes than hospitals, low beds cater for patients who are likely to fall and hurt themselves when climbing out of a traditional bed. Standard low-level beds are designed to accommodate mobile hoists but there are also low electrically powered beds available that offer all the advantages of a profiling bed. This includes the carer being able to work at a height which is practical and safe for them, before lowering their patient to a more comfortable level.
Rotating Chair Beds
Rotating chair beds are designed to help people who are weight bearing but unable to get in and out of bed on their own. Patients are provided with a more comfortable and simple experience than alternative solutions such as hoists and leg-lifters. By removing the need to depend on others, these beds can have a huge impact on the independence and general well-being of a patient.
Despite their advantages, an adjustable bed does not provide enough support for the most immobile patients. For those that are at risk of developing pressure sores, a pressure relief system must be integrated to maximise comfort and mobility. Foam mattresses for example are used in hospitals and care homes for those in need of relief. These specially designed mattresses often contain a castellated foam core and are covered with a multi-stretch, vapour-permeable fabric ensuring that they are water resistant as well as comfortable.
Almost all hospital and long-term care mattresses in use today offer some levels of pressure relief to mitigate pressure ulcer risks.
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