> How to choose Hospital Bed for long-term care at home? > What are the types of hospital beds available and their difference? > What is the difference between hospital beds and our regular home beds?
Many people might have this in mind: "Why do I need a hospital bed when I can just use a regular bed to take care of a bedridden patient? "
First of all, what is a hospital bed? Types of hospital beds include manual hospital bed, standard electric hospital bed, and advanced electric hospital beds.
What makes a hospital bed different is these 3 functions: adjustable back angle, leg angle, and bed height, which facilitates caregiver convenience and allows the bedridden person to operate the bed themselves, which increase their autonomy in bed.
Why is bed adjustability so important in long-term care?
First, let's talk about the height of the bed. The standard size of a typical home care bed is 214 cm long x 100 cm wide x 46-70 cm height. Height adjustment is important when the caregiver can raise the bed to 65-70 cm when caring for the patient, and prevents the caregiver from bending over, causing lumbar spine injury and to reduce fatigue. - Vice versa, the height of the hospital bed can be lowered to a height to allow a patient to land on his or her feet when sitting and prepare to get out of bed. The standard height that a hospital bed can go down to is about 46 cm (from the floor), which is the height of a normal chair.
However, when there is a mattress and air mattress, the bed has become much taller and may not be that friendly towards short or petite patients. The bed has become so tall that this group of patients might not be able to reach the floor and has an intimidating feeling of "jumping down from the bed".
The best solution to this is to use the specially designed ultra-low electric bed, which can be lowered to as low as 20 cm from the floor to ensure all patients can touch the floor with their feet, boost their confidence and encouraging them to get out of bed.
Reason No 2. With the adjustability of back angle, patients can have their meal and watch TV in a seated position, which also helps prevent phlegm accumulation in their lungs.
Reason No 3. Adjusting the leg angle helps to promote blood circulation in the legs, and prevents patients from sitting up and slipping forward. Changing the angle from time to time also prevents the patient from lying in the same position for a long time and reduces the risk of pressure sores.
In addition, hospital beds often equipped with bed rails that can be put up or down as needed, as well as safety locks to provide the most comprehensive protection for bedridden patients and prevent accidental night falls.
The bed rails are also useful for support when sitting up.
In short, there are basically three functions: back lift, leg lift and height adjustment of hospital bed, which are more than sufficient for daily care needs, either manual or electric. So.....How to Choose? Here's the tips:
Manual care beds are more suitable for short-term use, such as recovering post-operative patients or terminally ill patients. As it is manual, it requires the caregiver to crank the lift handle to adjust the angle of the bed.
Electric beds are recommended for long-term bedridden patients. It is convenient, in which the bed-bound patient can even operate the bed independently using the bedside buttons.
In addition, advanced electric beds, such as the ultra-low electric bed, can be adjusted to a low position to encourage patients to get out of bed and walk around, and to avoid accidental falls.
Article by: Pharmacist Khang Phing Goh
As explained above, you could have realized the reasons for using hospital beds and the types of hospital beds and their use. Choose the best hospital bed for your home use by juggling your personal need, duration of use and cost. Feel free to ask us if you aren't sure about it.
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