- Hospital beds main purpose is to:
- Position your body in ways not feasible with a regular home bed.
- Allow safer to get in and out of bed.
- Allow safer positioning for transfer to a wheelchair, patient lift, commode, cane, crutch, walker, etc…
- Allow easier turning and positioning for clothing changes, bathing, and other bedside care.
- Allow attachments that cannot be attached to a regular bed.
- The control should have 4 buttons. (Fully electric beds will have 6 buttons)
- One pair raises/lowers the head section.
- One pair raises/lowers the foot section.
- A manual crank, (usually located at the foot of the bed) is used to raise and lower the entire height of the hospital bed.
- Turn crank clockwise to raise the bed.
- Turn crank counter-clockwise to lower the bed.
- If you have a fully electric hospital bed, the control will have an additional pair of buttons to raise/lower the entire height of the bed.
- If you have a fully electric bed, it will still have a hand-crank for use in a power outage.
POSITIONING THE PATIENT
- Prior to raising the head section, raise the foot section slightly. This will keep the patient from sliding down the bed.
- Raise/lower the head section to where it is most comfortable for the patient.
- Make final adjustment on the foot section to accommodate the patient’s comfort.
- Raise or lower the entire height of the bed prior to transferring out of the bed.
- Adjust the height to accommodate any mobility related equipment.
- Caregivers can also raise/lower the bed prior to providing bedside care, to make the patient more accessible.
BED SIDE RAILS
- Side rails are to prevent the patient from rolling out of bed.
- Side rails should not be used to assist with weight bearing transfer in and out of bed.
- Ensure that the OUTER telescoping tube is placed at the head of the bed. This will prevent a pinch point when raising/lowering.
- To raise or lower a bed rail:
- Hold the bed rail while pulling the plunger knob.
- Raise/lower the bedrail.
- Release the plunger knob, and adjust the height until the plunger knob clicks into place.
- Prior to using the hospital bed, ensure the wheel brakes are locked into position.
- Wheels can still slide on some surfaces; make sure to take note of this and make adjustments as needed.
- Side rails should be raised whenever possible to prevent the patient from falling out of bed.
- Ensure side rails are locked into position prior to use.
- Bedrails are to keep the patient from rolling out of bed, but should not be used to assist with weight-bearing patient transfers.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL OFFICE OR DELIVERY TECHNICIAN