Hospital Beds Information

Hospital bed imageHospital beds provide support and comfort for hospital patients or others in need of medical care.  Hospital beds are commonly made of a combination of metal and plastic. They are generally the size of a twin bed with a little extra length, and are mounted on wheels allowing for mobility.

There are three main types of hospital beds: curative care beds, long term care beds and psychiatric care beds.

Curative Care Beds are general hospital beds used to treat patients that do not have mental illness or injuries.

Psychiatric Care Beds are designed for patients with mental illnesses and substance addiction.

Long Term Care Beds are used for long term inpatient care.

Specifications 

The follow specifications determine the functionality of a hospital bed.

  • Bed Height: The height of the hospital bed off the floor. In many beds height is adjustable.
  • Sleeping Area Size: The length and width of the sleeping area of the hospital bed. This area is where the mattress will be placed.
  • Overall Size: This is the overall length and width of the hospital bed. This is often larger than the size of the sleeping area to make room for medical equipment.
  • Max Weight: This is maximum weight the hospital is designed to hold.
  • Articulating Angles: Many hospital bed surfaces have articulation to better position the patient for comfort and support. These articulating surfaces can be at the legs, head, and flat tilt (Trendelenburg).

Features

The following features provide additional utility or ease-of-use.

  • Nurse Calling: The bed can be connected nurse calling system so the patient can call for a nurse at the touch of a button.
  • Powered Transport: The wheels of the hospital bed are driven by electric motors for transportation of the bed.
  • Break Alarm: An audible alarm warning that the wheel brakes are not set on the hospital bed.
  • Nurse Calling: The bed can be connected nurse calling system so the patient can call for a nurse at the touch of a button.

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