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How To Select A Hospital Bed

Jun 11th 2015 at 10:27 PM

How to choose a hospital bed for a patient recovering at home.

A hospital bed is a unique bed that is used to care for someone that is ill. Most hospital beds are made of metal parts and are the size of a twin bed. The bed has one side with moveable rails. Here are some tips to help you select the perfect bed for your patient.

It’s important to consider your needs and the needs of the patient when selecting the bed. For example, do you need a manual or electric bed? A manual one changes positions by using a crank. If the patient is unable to do this, he will need to ask someone to help him. The cranks are positioned at the head or foot of the bed. The bed can be raised or lowered; but if the patient has limited strength, it will be difficult to turn the cranks.

An electric bed is just that—electric. It plugs into an electrical outlet, and it has a control pad that is attached to the bed that looks much like a remote control for a television. Usually the control will have a picture on each button showing the desired position of the bed. Most every patient can easily adjust an electric bed, which makes it a convenient option.

What about the mattress? There are many kinds available for hospital beds. Some are filled with gel or air, and some are foam. Others can reduce pressure on certain parts of the body, which help to prevent bedsores. Whatever type you choose, be sure to get a waterproof cover to protect the mattress.

Before you select your bed, consider where it will be placed in the home. There must be enough room to walk around the bed on both sides. You will want to put the bed near a bathroom and in a place where the patient can be heard if help is called for. Place it on the main floor to avoid having to climb stairs, and keep it away from drafty doors or windows. It’s probably a good idea to put the bed closest to all of the family activity, while still allowing for privacy.

Don’t forget to consider safety. Be sure that the wheels can lock in place. The side rails should always be up so that the ill person can’t fall off the bed. Placing a stool nearby is helpful if the patient needs help getting in and out of bed.

Following these guidelines will help you make the best selection for your specific patient. For more information on hospital bed rental in Corpus Christi, please visit this website.

Author Bio

With a passion for perfectly executed parties, Carl writes about event planning and the wedding industry. You may read more on his Weebly blog.

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