Hospital Beds are used in hospitals, nursing homes or in a home, where patients are cared for during recuperation or rehabilitation.
Considerations in buying a hospital bed
- Positioning of patient -
- Raising of head and back is the most important feature of a hospital bed, allowing the patient to sit either in an inclined or upright position for feeding and many other activities;
- While in the upright or inclined position, the leg raising function provides a counter-force and helps prevent the patient from sliding downward;
- In certain medical conditions, Trendelenburg (leg higher than head) or reverse Trendelenburg (head higher than leg) positions are necessary features in a hospital bed;
- Pressure sore prevention - A hospital bed that has the lateral turning (moving to the left and right) function is of great help in reducing the risk of pressure sore ( bed sore ), particularly in patients who are not able to move by themselves, or who suffer from conditions where turning by hand can cause severe pain or even injury.
- Caregiver-friendliness - Height adjustment is an indispensable feature of a good hospital bed. When doing chores like feeding and cleaning up the patient, the caregiver will be spared a lot of backache if the hospital bed can be raised to the appropriate height. It will be also be easy for the caregiver to assist the patient to transfer from a hospital bed to a wheelchair if the bed can be lowered to the same height as the wheelchair.
- User-friendliness -
- Manual or motorised hospital bed - A motorised hospital bed invariably costs more, but provides independence and enables the patient to control the bed functions by himself.
- Super-low hospital bed - Easier for shorter patients to get down from the bed. Also a good choice when falling from the hospital bed is a concern.
- Side-rails - A hospital bed with 4-panel side-rails provides good safety barriers without compromising the ease of getting in and out of bed.