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How to choose furniture for a bed-patient

Patients who are not able to move independently due to an experienced trauma or surgery or because of the elderly age, need an appropriate medical bed. First of all, you should consult a doctor who is obliged to give clear recommendations as for the choice.

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It is strongly recommended not to choose a bed on your own, unless you have medical education. For each individual case, one needs specific conditions. For example, after a compression fracture of the spine, the patient needs a rigid bed with a shield. Improperly selected furniture can not only slow down the recovery, but also worsen the situation.

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Section modifications

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The number of sections is one of the main criteria for choosing medical furniture. It determines how qualitatively the treatment will be performed, and provides comfort both in patient care and to the patient himself. The availability of sections helps a person to take the position that is recommended for his condition, which will lead to a prompt recovery.

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There are four modifications as for the sections:

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  • 1-section bed. The head section is adjustable.
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  • 2-section bed. The head and foot sections are adjustable.
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  • 3-section bed. The foot, head and hip section are adjustable.
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  • 4-section bed. Everything is like in the previous version, but apart from that, there is an additional fixed intermediate section.
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The heavier a trauma or an illness is, the more sections are needed. In case the lower limbs are injured, a bed with a minimum of two sections should be chosen. Severely paralyzed patients require three or four sections, depending on the individual case.

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Height adjustment is not obligatory, but can greatly facilitate patient care. For example, it will be easier to move a person with disabilities into a wheelchair.

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Types of the drive

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Mechanical managing implies changing the position of the patient manually. The bed works on the principle of a folding-bed, where you need to raise the section and rearrange the clamp. Some beds have a screw lever that changes the height.

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The advantages of a bed with a mechanical drive are its light weight and low cost. Such furniture is more suitable for home care, when the patient is looked after almost constantly and can be approached at any moment.

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Electrical managing implies automation and using a control panel. In addition to its heavy weight, an electric bed is usually much more expensive than a mechanical one. The main advantage is the independence of the patient, who can change his position himself, with the help of buttons.

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Functionality and additional accessories

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Quite often, purchasing a bed only it is not enough. Let us dwell on some attributes and facilities, which in some cases are necessary for a bed patient:

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  • Removable foot and head panels. They not only provide access to the patient, but also allow to take up exercise therapy.
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  • Side flaps. They can be removable and foldable. Such appliances are obligatory for restless patients and small children.
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  • Grip handle for pulling up. The device is necessary during rehabilitation and in case of leg injuries, so that the patient can independently sit down and turn over.
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  • Bedside table. Facilitates patient care for doctors or relatives and increases the comfort of the patient. There is no need for food stands, and the patient can work with a laptop. The same refers to the tables above the bed.
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  • The number of sections in the mattress and bed must match. For patients with severe conditions, an anti-bedsore mattress is recommended.
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Remember, that an ordinary bed will not replace medical furniture. If the patient is seriously ill, he needs a functional bed with all necessary attributes for a prompt recovery.