Hospital Beds Guide
A hospital bed is an extraordinary bed that might be expected to really focus on an individual who is sick. You can purchase or lease a clinic bed for use at home at clinical stockpile stores. Most clinic beds appear as though a twin bed made of weighty metal parts. The bed has moveable side rails. Hand wrenches or power might be utilized to change places of the bed. Converse with your parental figure about what sort of bed is the best for you.
Why do I need a hospital bed?
A hospital bed might be required on the off chance that you or a relative is sick or recuperating from a disease at home. Emergency clinic beds can be manual or electric. Electric beds might be simpler for the vast majority to utilize. Bed positions might be changed on medical clinic beds. You may raise or lower the head, knees, or foot of the bed. This may help an individual in bed inhale simpler and be more agreeable. You may likewise change the whole tallness of the bed, making it more agreeable for parental figures working with somebody in bed. You might have the option to change the situation of an electric bed by pressing a catch, without calling for help.
What kind of hospital bed should I use?
When choosing a bed, think of your needs, as well as the needs of those caring for you. There are several kinds of hospital beds to choose from. Your caregivers will help you choose the bed that is right for you.
Manual hospital bed:
With this bed you need to change bed positions by hand utilizing wrenches. In the event that you can't do this, you should request that somebody help you. The wrenches are situated at the foot or top of the bed. Manual beds may not move to the same number of positions as an electric bed. Most manual beds can be raised to make it simpler for guardians to help you. The bed may likewise be brought down to make it simpler for you to get in and up. A manual bed might be hard for an individual who has restricted hand or arm solidarity to utilize. You may require great hand solidarity to turn the wrenches. An individual with a back condition or knee issues may likewise experience difficulty. An individual may have to twist or stoop to utilize the bed wrenches.
Electric hospital bed:
An electric bed has an engine and a line to plug into an electrical source. There is a control cushion snared to the bed that may resemble a TV controller. Each catch on the control may have an image demonstrating how the bed will move when you press the catch. Numerous individuals like an electric bed on the grounds that the places of the bed can be changed without any problem. These beds may likewise have an underlying scale for gauging an individual.
What kind of mattress should I use?
There are numerous sorts of sleeping cushions accessible for an emergency clinic bed, incorporating beddings loaded up with air, gel, or froth. Some uncommon sleeping pads can diminish tension on certain body zones, and help forestall pressure wounds. You can purchase or lease the bedding at a similar stockpile store where you purchase or lease the bed. The sleeping cushion normally accompanies a waterproof cover. You may require different cushions or bed connections. Approach your guardian for data about leasing additional bed gear if necessary.
Where should the bed be placed in the home?
Spot a hospital bed where there is sufficient space for it when it is in any position. Put the bed in a spot where there is room on the sides of the bed to stroll around. Be certain others can hear you in the event that you are sleeping and call for help. You might need to put the bed close to the restroom. You might need to put it on the principle level to try not to need to climb steps. Spot the bed away from windows or entryways where they might be cold drafts of air. The best spot for a bed may not be a room. Put the bed in a room near where the family exercises are, yet giving security.
What should I know about safety while using a hospital bed?
- Keep the wheels of the bed locked at all times. Unlock the wheels only if the bed needs to be moved.
- Put a bell and a telephone within reach of the bed. These should be available so the person may call for help when needed.
- Keep the side rails up. If there is danger of the person falling off the bed, keep the rails up at all times.
- Never light matches, candles or smoke while in or around the bed. Do not let others smoke or light matches or candles near your bed.
- Follow the specific manufacturer's instructions for using the bed.
- Put night lights where needed. Night-lights may help prevent falls.
- If a footstool is needed for the person the get out of bed, make sure it is strong and stable.
- Put the bed control pad within easy reach of the bed for the person to adjust positions. Learn to use the control panel, and practice the different positions. Test the bed's hand and panel controls to be sure the bed is working correctly. Some hospital bed controls may be locked so that a person in bed cannot change bed positions themselves. If the bed has this "locking" feature, test it to be sure it is working correctly.
- Check for cracks and damage to the covering of the all bed controls. If covers are damaged, liquids may get into the controls. This may cause them to stop working, and may cause a fire.
- Have a professional look at all parts of the bed, as well as the floor beneath and around the bed for dust and lint build-up. These areas should be kept clean.
- Call the bed manufacturer or another professional if there are burning smells or unusual sounds coming from the bed. Do not use the bed if there is a burning smell coming from it. Call if the bed controls are not working correctly to change positions of the bed.
What should I know about using electrical outlets and extension cords for the hospital bed?
- Check the bed's power cord for damage. It may be crushed, pinched, sheared, cut or worn through. Do not place furniture (such as rocking chairs) away from the cord. Avoid placing or rolling the bed over the power cord.
- Do not allow clothing, sheets, blankets, books, or anything else to be in contact with a wall outlet. Do not let these items get stuck between the cord and outlet when the bed is plugged in. This may cause a fire, or damage the cord or the plug.
- Do not place a rug or carpet over the power cord for the bed, or anything else. Carpets and rugs may cause the cord to heat up too much, and lead to a fire. Do not place the cord in a location where people walk, as this may cause falls and damage the power cord.
- Do not use an extension cord, or a power strip having more than one plug-in outlet. Any damage to these can cause a fire. If you must use an extension cord or power strip, have a professional check it before using it. It will also need to be checked regularly for as long as you use it. Avoid using outlet boxes that more than one cord may be plugged into. If you must use an outlet box, place it where there is no risk of damage or spilling liquids.
- Plug the power cord from the bed directly into an outlet on the wall. Have a professional check the outlet to see if it is working correctly. The outlet should also be checked to be sure it is the right type for the cord. The prongs (blades) on the plug should be tight. The cord should fit tightly into the outlet. The plug, outlet and wall plate should not be chipped or cracked.
- When adjusting the head, foot, or any part of the bed, be sure the bed is able to move freely. It should extend to its full length, and adjust to any position. Be sure bed movement does not affect the bed's power cord, plug, or outlet. Hand control and power cords should not be threaded through moving parts of the bed, or through bed rails. Watch the hand control cables and the power cord as you are adjusting the bed. Normal bed movement should not pinch or damage these cords.
What other things may be done so that I am more comfortable?
- If there is a television near the bed, place it so that it is seen clearly from the bed.
- Keep a glass and pitcher of water, tissues, hand lotion, and other personal items within easy reach.
- Place a wastebasket next to the bed.
- Put a bedside commode (portable toilet) beside the bed if needed.
What are the advantages of having side rails on the bed?
- Providing a place to fasten bed controls that is within easy reach of the person in bed.
- Provides a place to hold on to when getting into or out of bed.
- Side rails may allow a person in bed to help with repositioning (turning) themselves.
What are the dangers of having side rails on the bed?
- Injury from a fall if a person climbs over the bed rail and falls. You may have a higher risk of injury than falling from the bed itself. The fall may be more awkward, causing more serious injury.
- Injury if a part of the body gets caught between the bed rails, or the bed rails and the mattress.