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Hospital Beds & Accessories FAQ


Hospital Beds

What are the differences between hospital beds?
How should I choose a hospital bed?

Air Mattresses

What are the differences between air mattresses?
How should I choose an air mattress?

Bariatric Mattresses

What are the differences between bariatric hospital beds?
How should I choose a bariatric bed?

 

What are the differences between hospital beds?

Type of
Adjustability
Bed Rails
Available
Weight
Capacity
Sleep
Surface
Dimensions
Mattresses
Available
Warranty*
Full-electric
Full-Length
Half-Length
Assist Rail
450 lbs.
(including accessories)
36 x 80 Inch
- Deluxe Innerspring
- Economy Foam
5 yrs. limited
Semi-electric (single crank)
Full-Length
Half-Length
Assist Rail
450 lbs.
(including accessories)
36 x 80 Inch
- Deluxe Innerspring
- Economy Foam
5 years limited
Manual
(single crank)
Full-Length
Half-Length
Assist Rail
450 lbs.
(including accessories)
36 x 80 Inch
- Deluxe Innerspring
- Economy Foam
- Softform Excel Foam
- Softform Premier Foam
5 years limited
Full-electric
Full-Length
Half-Length
Assist Rail
450 lbs.
(including accessories)
36 x 80 Inch.
- Deluxe Innerspring
- Economy Foam
5 years limited
Full-electric
Full-Length
Half-Length
Quarter-Length
450 lbs.
(including accessories)
36 x 80 Inch
- Standard Care Foam
- Platinum Care Foam
- Simmons Clinical Max
2 years limited
Semi-Electric
Full-Length
Half-Length
450 lbs.
(including accessories)
36 x 80 Inch
- Therapeutic 5 Foam
- Gravity 9 Foam
- AP Low Air Loss
Lifetime on welds; 5 yrs on frame; 1 yr. on other parts
Semi-Electric
Full-Length
Half-Length
450 lbs.
(including accessories).
36 x 80 Inch
- Therapeutic 5 Foam
- Gravity 9 Foam
- AP Low Air Loss
Lifetime on welds; 5 yrs on frame; 1 yr on other parts

*All warranties are through the manufacturer. Consult with the manufacturer for details and restrictions regarding the warranty.
**Prices subject to change.
***Rail weight varies.

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How should I choose a hospital bed?

Consider the type of adjustability desired. Full-electric hospital beds can be easier on patients and caretakers, because they require less physical work than a semi-electric. The next consideration should be the length of the rails needed. Choose full-length rails when the user of the bed tends toss and turn and fall out of the hospital bed. Finally, consider the warranty on the bed. If the user of the bed tends to wear out beds quickly, select a bed with a longer warranty. Back to top

 

 

What are the differences between air mattresses?

Patient Indications Pressure Range # of Air Bladders and Cells Surface Material Weight Capacity Alternating Pressure Warranty*
12 or less Braden Scale
9.5-11.9 mmHg
800 cells
Geo-Matt***
350 lbs.
Yes
18 months
12 or less Braden Scale
800 cells
Geo-Matt
350 lbs.
Yes
18 months
12 or less Braden Scale
800 cells
Geo-Matt
500 lbs. Full, Queen and King 750 lbs.
Yes
5 yrs.
12 or less Braden Scale Stage I - IV Pressure Sores
800
Geo-Matt
500 lbs.
Similar to a low air loss mattress
5 yrs.
10-70 mmHg
20
Nylon/TPU
750 lbs.
1 yr.
30-60 mmHg
20
Nylon/TPU
450 lbs.
Yes
1 yr.

*All warranties are through the manufacturer, not Vitality Medical. Consult with the manufacturer for details and restrictions regarding the warranty. **Prices subject to change.

***Geo-Mat is designed to reduce pressure, shearing, friction, and the build-up of heat and moisture.

 

 

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How should I choose an air mattress?

The patient indications are the most important thing to look at when comparing mattresses. For a more detailed explanation of the stages of pressure sores, consult our articles in the Wound Care section.

Note: Always consult your physician or the treating physician before treating pressure sores.

It is also important to look at the weight capacity of the mattress. If the user exceeds the manufacturer's recommended weight, the mattress could break and the warranty would be voided. The number of cells may also be a factor when purchasing an air mattress. Smaller people tend to prefer mattresses with smaller, more numerous cells or air bladders, while larger people tend to prefer a smaller number of cells or air bladders.

 

 

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What are the differences between bariatric hospital bed mattresses?

Alternating Pressure Dimensions
(inch)
Weight Capacity
(pounds)
Air Flow
(LPM)
Mattress Cover Material Warranty*
Med Aire PLUS 8 x 36
14029
Yes
8 x 36 x 80
450
8
Fluid-Resistant Stretch
18 months limited
Med Aire PLUS 10 x 42 Bariatric
14030
Yes
10 x 42 x 80
600
12
Fluid-Resistant, 4-way Stretch
18 months limited
Med Aire PLUS 10 x 48 Bariatric
14048
Yes
10 x 48 x 80
750
12
Fluid-Resistant, 4-way Stretch
18 months limited
Med Aire PLUS 10 x 54 Bariatric
14054
Yes
10 x 54 x 80
1000
12
Fluid-Resistant, 4-way Stretch
18 months limited
Med Aire PLUS 10 x 60 Bariatric
14060
Yes
10 x 60 x 80
1000.
12
Fluid-Resistant, 4-way Stretch
18 months limited.

*All warranties are through the manufacturer, not Vitality Medical. Consult with the manufacturer for details and restrictions regarding the warranty.

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How should I choose a bariatric bed?

The most important consideration when purchasing a bariatric bed is the weight capacity. Putting weight beyond manufacturer's recommendation will likely break the bed and void the manufacturer's warranty, so it is important to know how much the patient weighs. The second consideration should be the needed length of the bed, therefore it is important to measure the patient's height accurately. The third consideration should be whether the bed needs to be adjustable. If he patient needs an adjustable bed, choose one of Drive Medical's full-electric beds. These bariatric beds can be adjusted with easily without the hassle of a manual crank.

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Sources

Span America Easy Air white paper

Wounds1.com

 

 

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