Understandably, many people do not look forward to spending much time in medical beds during their lifetime. Medical beds are often associated with either hospital stays or prolonged illness at home. Sometimes, they are even called “sick beds” which do not have any positive connotation at all.
However, today’s medical beds have plenty of innovative features to keep these fears and apprehension at bay. Typical hospital beds can either be lumpy, too hard, too soft, covered in uncomfortably hot leatherette upholstery, or just be generally uninviting to sleep in so they end up making a patient feel worse. Now, many of them are designed with the patient’s comfort and well-being in mind, first and foremost. For starters, many are now equipped for in-home care but with the same convenient features that hospital beds offer.
The most commonly expected function of a medical bed would be adjustable head and feet. Back in the day, these are worked by cranks found at either side of the bed so patients can sit up comfortably, or have their feet raised as circumstances require. More modern versions have push buttons instead of cranks for ease of use, plus faster and smoother functionality. Having this particular purpose helps a patient to eat meals, be protected from bedsores, get their clothes changed, watch television, and perform other tasks otherwise impossible to do in a supine position.
As well, to protect patients from falling, side rails are anticipated in medical beds. Some models just have one rail at the side opposite the wall, but many have rails on either side. These also allow patients to have hand holds whenever they need to hoist themselves up. The ideal side rail is one that can be pulled up or pushed down so patients can be transferred from the bed to a gurney, and vice versa.
Of course, height adjustment for a hospital bed is also a must. Not many hospitals have specialized beds for children and adults, so it is good to be able to adjust the height of one so a patient can sit comfortably on it and get off or on whenever they need (like when they have to use the bathroom or get transferred to a wheelchair).
A good hospital bed is one that has provisions for different medical apparatuses, as well. Patients who require intensive care are likely to need many machines and devices wired to them while in bed. Too narrow ones and those that do not provide any means to attach intravenous drips and other necessary medical paraphernalia are no good.
Lastly, quality medical beds must have wheels that move the entire bed smoothly from one place to another. In lieu of gurneys and wheelchairs, these spell out convenience and utmost comfort to patients because they do not have to be constantly transferred. The wheels should be resistant to squeaking and do align properly so they do not make the transit bumpy. Also, when a patient is placed in a room where he is to stay for the duration of the treatment, the wheels must also lock in place so the entire bed is stable.