Hospital beds are designed for hospital patients and those in need of health care. Hospital beds are designed with the comfort and safety of patients in mind.
These beds feature:
- adjustable height
- adjustable side rails
- Some also have buttons and remotes to operate the bed and other nearby devices such as tv, nurses’ station, and lights.
There are six types of Invacare Hospital beds
manual, semi-electric, full electric, Bariatric, Trendelenburg, and Hi-Low beds.
Manual hospital beds are non-electric beds. These beds are adjusted using hand cranks. These beds are great for patients who do not require many position changes. These beds typically cost less than the other types but require more muscle work.
The semi-electric bed is like full electric beds, but the difference is the height of this bed is manually adjustable by a hand crank. The head and feet adjustments are electric and can be adjusted with the push of a button. These beds are an excellent choice for patients who do not need to change bed height very often.
Full electric beds are plugged into an outlet and adjusted electronically. This type of bed often comes with a remote. They have a lock-out safety feature so that the patient doesn’t accidentally reposition potentially causing them harm.
The low beds adjust to a height inches from the floor. This low position makes it so that patients who are weak or at risk of falling may get on and off the bed easily. It is also designed for patients who fall out of bed while sleeping.
These beds go down as low as 7 inches off the ground, so any potential falls will be from a low height.
Trendelenburg (therapy beds)
This bed provides many positions that come in handy with recovery therapy. With this bed, there is no need for pillows and bed wedges. This bed also offers a reclining chair position for elderly patients to get in and out of bed easily. The therapy bed provides more functions and adjustable positions than any other hospital bed.
Bariatric (Heavy Duty)
The heavy-duty hospital bed supports more weight than any other hospital bed. These beds are made to support weights of 1000 pounds or more. Another feature of this bed is that it is wider and allows more room for the patient.
How Do You Decide Which Bed is Best?
- How many hours per day the patient will be in bed.
- The amount of time the patient will require a hospital bed.
- Determine if the patient is at risk of falling off the bed.
- Will the patient require frequent position changes?
- Will the patient need to adjust the bed themselves at times?
It is essential to find the bed that is right for the patient. The wrong bed could be harmful to the patient’s recovery. Some examples are falling out of bed, getting hurt while trying to get in and out of bed, and accidentally adjustments. Brands such as Invacare
have hospital beds to suit every patient's needs.