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What Should Keep in Mind When Buying Your First Hospital Bed?

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What Should Keep in Mind When Buying Your First Hospital Bed?

Hospital beds today come in many styles, shapes, sizes, features and functionality options. With the sheer number of options, it can be challenging for those trying to find the best hospital bed for their situation. Whether you are choosing for yourself or a loved one, it can be somewhat overwhelming.

 

1. Positioning Options

A custom hospital bed frame design is flexible and adjustable. Standard beds used in hospitals allow you to adjust basic patient positioning options. But some modern hospital beds provide a more extensive range of position change options. You should thus choose a hospital bed with the most position options.

 

2. Gap Protection

Most hospital beds that have sides or rails are designed to have some gap protection. This feature prevents the possibility of a patient getting stuck between the rails and the bed. The gap protection is an essential feature for patients with many nocturnal movements or seizures.

 

3. Side Rails

The side rails in a hospital bed frame protect the patient by preventing them from falling out of their beds. These rails also provide support to patients when they're moving in and out of bed.

 

4. Storage and Bed Scales

Some hospital beds have storage compartments and weighing scales. The patient can store medication in these compartments. The in-built scale can get used in determining the patient's weight during medical checks.

 

5. Affordability

Buying a new bed is often the best option, but it may be costly. If you find that you don't have enough funds, then you should choose to buy a used hospital bed. Such beds are affordable, and they're also tried and tested. The nation has an estimated 2.5 million nursing home and hospital beds that are under use.

 

 

Buying a hospital bed for patients that need home care can make their lives comfortable and simplify the work of the primary caregiver. It's advisable to get a comfortable bed with many positioning options, and safety features. To make the right choice, you'll have to consider the patient's needs, the bed's safety features, bed positioning options, available bed accessories, and affordability.


If a hospital bed is required for a limited amount of time due to a temporary illness or accident then it might be more sensible to rent rather than buy.

 

How High or Low Do You Need to Go?

 

It's important that you take into consideration the specific patient needs when assessing the minimum and maximum height adjustment required. For example, if a patient can transfer to a standing position, then choose a bed with a low enough height adjustment to make this easy. Or, if a mechanical lift is used to perform bed transfers then make sure the lift can be raised high enough to clear the surface of the mattress when the bed is at its lowest position.

 

What Electric Hospital Bed Size Do You Need?

 

The standard 36" width is adequate for most people. Sometimes people with obesity or spasticity can be unable to centre themselves on the bed by sliding, but can turn themselves by rolling. In these instances a wider bed is recommended.

 

An electric double bed may be suitable if sharing with a partner, but consider the space available and ensure that this won't be an obstacle for the caregiver. Some couples prefer to double up two single beds, one electric and one standard.

 

The length of the bed should exceed the height of the patient by several inches.

 

Which Type of Mattress Support?

 

The bed's mattress support is made up either of springs or a solid platform. Models containing springs are only appropriate for use with spring mattresses. It's important to know that specialised mattresses that prevent bedsores require a solid platform. (Note: if a patient already has a hospital bed with a spring mattress support and now required a specialised mattress, it is possible to install rigid panels.)

 

Can You Work the Remote Control?

 

All electric beds have remote controls, some wireless others wired to the bed. The main factor to consider here is the shape and size of the buttons and the amount of pressure required to activate the controls. An electric bed can only enhance independence if the patient is capable of operating the controls.


With all these considerations, you should be able to secure a safe, comfortable, and sturdy bed for your patient. Maidesite hospital beds are very good to choose. After 11 years’ experience, we can provide our customers with quality products.



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