When purchasing a hospital bed, there are a number of important considerations to make to ensure you select the correct bed for your patient’s needs. These include; the length of use required, the size and weight of the patient, compatibility with other devices such as patient hoists, and adjustability.
Length of Use
If your patient’s condition is considered medium to long term, it’s vital that you choose a quality hospital bed that’s going to offer the greatest levels of comfort. Generally for long term use it’s wise to invest in an electric hospital bed which removes the need for manual hand cranking to adjust the bed base which makes it much easier for caregivers to alter the patient’s position.
Weight Of The Patient
For larger patients, it’s important to check the weight rating of the hospital bed you’re considering before purchasing. Bariatric hospital beds will feature stronger frames to provide adequate support and durability.
Compatibility With Other Care Equipment
If your patient’s condition is expected to deteriorate over time, it’s important to choose a hospital bed that is compatible with other care equipment, such as patient hoists, when required. We recommend you only purchase hospital beds from specialist suppliers to ensure it will be suitable now and into the future.
As a general rule you should always opt for a hospital bed that features adjustable profiles to allow the patient to sit up comfortably. Furthermore, High-Low hospital beds allow the bed to be raised up to waist level and down to the floor which make them very convenient when it comes to easy entry and exit of the bed whilst allowing for caregivers to tend to the patient without having to bend down. This makes High-Low hospital beds ideal for home care.
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