How to Choose the Correct Type of Bed
When shopping for a hospital bed, there are several different factors to consider to fulfill your individual needs. The factors to consider: manual or electric, term of use, comfort and cost.
Manual or Electric:
- Manual Bed: A manual bed uses a hand crank to raise bed level, this includs the head and foot sections for optimal patient comfort. Versatile and dynamic, the manual bed protects against the risk of motor failure and maintenance.
- Full Electric Bed: A Full Electric Bed has an electric motor that will raise the head, foot and height of the frame with the push of a button. They allow for quick and convenient patient positioning.
- Semi-Electric Bed: A Semi-electric bed uses a hand crank to raise and lower the bed deck. This type of bed is a great cost-saver.
Long or Short Term Use:
- Long Term Use Hospital Bed: They are specifically constructed for patients who have an extensive stay. Many are constructed with solid steel frames and are fully powered. Most can adjust to advanced therapy positions, including Trendelenberg and reverse Trendelenberg positions.
- Temporary Use Hospital Bed: This is the economical choice for patients who may require bed positioning during a shorter duration. The spring-frame bed is available in manual, semi-electric and full electric.
- Low Profile Bed: A Low profile bed is used for patients who have difficulty getting in and out of higher beds. Much closer to the floor, these beds are usually used for patients who have a tendency to fall out of bed.
- Bariatric Bed: Bariatric beds provide extra strength, support, and are longer and wider. Designed for patients who need a heavy duty bed that supports greater weight capacities.
- It's important to take into consideration how much you can spend on a hospital bed. Be sure to budget for a mattress or accessories you may need, as well.
Components of a Bed
- Wheels: Each bed is equipped with lockable wheels to provide easy movement of the bed.
- Elevation: The bed can be raised and lowered in the following places: head, feet and entire height.
- Bed Rails: Most patient beds are equipped with rails that can be conveniently raised or lowered. Finding the right rail and bed combo is important. Half rails come with less risk of entrapment, but do not fully protect someone from rolling out of bed. Side rails provide protection for the patient while increasing security. Some side rails require a physician's order.
- Mattresses: Things to consider when choosing a mattress include duration of time that will be spent in bed, as well as the individual medical needs of the patient.
Commonly Asked Questions
1. Should I keep the wheels of the hospital bed locked or unlocked?
You should always keep the wheels locked at all times. Only unlock the wheels if the bed needs to be moved. 2. Should I keep the side rails up, or is it safe to leave them?
You always want to keep the side rails up except for when you get in and out of bed. 3. How do I use a hospital bed?
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for operation. 4. Will Medicare cover my purchase from Vitality Medical?
Vitality Medical does not bill Medicare or any other 3rd party insurance companies. 5. What should I do if something malfunctions?
Vitality Medical is here to support you, as we honor all warranties. Please note that each manufacturer may offer different warranties. If you have problems, please call us at 800-397-5899 and we will assist you.