Medical Beds for Rent
Buying hospital beds is a major thing because they can get very expensive, especially if they are brand new. While settling for second-hand or refurbished ones might be an option, bear in mind that there could be defects that can significantly reduce the value of these hospital beds especially if they are to be used long-term. Worse, they may not even meet FDA standards on safety and quality. A better option would be to look into medical beds for rent instead.
Searching for rental hospital beds can be as simple as logging online and looking at medical equipment resources. Most hospital equipment rental companies already deliver to different locations, and the good thing is most of them stock up on the latest models. Rental rates can be anywhere between $75 per day to two hundred dollars per month depending on the model you require. Newer editions of hospital beds may fetch a higher fee. In the case of full electric hospital beds, for instance, monthly fees can actually cost somewhere in the area of $250. However, these still cost significantly less than buying a brand new hospital bed, which can set you back thousands of dollars.
Some things to consider when looking for medical beds for rent include the aforementioned FDA guidelines. There have been cases of injuries caused by shoddy workmanship on hospital beds, as well as deaths resulting from patients falling from the bed because of the absence of certain features. The presence of side rails on a hospital bed is a must. They have to be sturdy when raised, and they have to lock in place securely, especially at night. As well, it is a good idea to inspect all the parts minutely before renting a hospital bed. Make sure no sharp edges exist, and all soldered and welded parts are done smoothly with no bumps and protruding things that can catch on clothes and injure. Bear in mind that side rails also serve as hand grips for when the patient has to move himself or herself up or down the bed.
You also have to take your patient’s needs in mind. If they need prolonged bed rest, then perhaps investing in hospital bed peripherals such as an over-bed table and provisions for IV drips and other medical equipment should be considered, as well. If the patient is a child, consider getting a child-sized bed for rent, though an adult sized one will do nicely as long as the height is adjustable. Being able to control how tall a bed is can help immensely if the child has to get on and off the bed as the situation calls for it.
Finally, investing in a mechanized medical bed, even if it is just a rental, can spell the difference between a speedy recovery and one that just adds more agony to the recuperating patient. As an example, some rental beds still offer old-fashioned hand cranks to control the head and foot of the bed to raise or lower. These are oftentimes jerky and can give the patient a headache or body pain. Push-button or remote-controlled beds are better options because their movements are smoother and more convenient for both patient and caregiver.