Patient safety is at the foundation of an efficient healthcare facility.
One of the most important factors related to patient and hospital safety involves how hospitals are set up, with technology and equipment in the facility being under close scrutiny to ensure they meet stringent safety standards.
The design of a hospital room with its fixed and moveable components such as the size of the room, beds and other medical furniture, lighting and the placement of other equipment used in treatment can have a significant impact on the health and safety of patients and their caregivers, including medical professionals such as nurses. In fact, billions of dirhams are spent every year to ensure that innovations are introduced to increase the level of safety when it comes to the equipment used in hospitals.
Hospitals beds, in particular, are one of the elements that have been known to pose challenges when it comes to patients and their caregivers’ safety. Statistics show that more than 30 per cent of falls in patients occur when they are getting out of bed. Falls and entrapment in a bed’s railings are among the most common accidents that take place in healthcare facilities. These are more likely in patients who are suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Dementia and other cognitive problems, need assistance to move, or have issues such as incontinence and pain and therefore move often.
The height of beds is also a critical element of safety, as keeping beds in a low position to avoid serious injuries is part of the general safety standards followed in hospitals across the world. LINET Group, Europe’s premier manufacturer of healthcare beds and provider of hospital and nursing home solutions, introduced the state of the art Eleganza 5 at the Arab Health exhibition. The Eleganza 5 bed has the lowest bed height which helps to minimize the severity of fall consequences.
Patient monitoring, especially vital signs, is also an important factor in ensuring that patients are safe, with caregivers such as nurses being under constant pressure as they attend to multiple patients across a floor or over different floors. The Eleganza 5 reduces the pressure on nurses through the BedMonitor system which continuously monitors the main safety features of all beds in the department.
Technology has played a great role in the production of the latest hospital beds and medical beds. Beds are now hi-tech versions of previous models. Based on the latest research and feedback from patients and caregivers, manufacturers such as LINET Group now offer beds with new progressive features that work in symbiosis for early patient mobilization. One such feature is MobiLift® where patient controls the bed height using the MobiLift® handle. The Eleganza 5 bed comes equipped with i-Brake which is an automatic brake system that prevents falls caused by the unbreakable bed, especially during bed exit. It also has a Multizone bed exit alarm which also aids in fall prevention by monitoring the patient’s motion activity and presence in the bed.
Beds now have controls to help improve seating positions for enhanced respiratory and cardiac functions as well as customized ergonomic frames to alleviate any chances of pressure ulcers. The cardiac chair position of the Eleganza 5 provides relief during respiratory problems and is very pleasant for the patient when reading, eating or watching television while the tilt table position – Improves the patient’s breathing and maintains arterial blood pressure at a more stable range.
Mattresses today are top of the line and are created to provide comfort and hygiene, with beds having built-in features that allow mattresses to be ventilated or easily changed. These beds have fixtures or handsets and equipment, making them easily accessible to patients and nurses. Controls – which include brake alarms and other features such as setting the optimal bed position for comfort – are integrated into the bed are automated and easy- to- use, making them ideal for patients who cannot move around much.
The new generation of hospital beds come with ‘smart’ capabilities and can be fitted with safety monitors that offer contactless measurement of vital functions of a patient and the state of the bed. This is especially helpful when it comes to sudden changes in a patient’s state of health, such as thrombosis, sudden heart failure or more others on a standard ward, where patients are not under constant supervision. Delayed intervention in such cases can prove to be fatal. This feature can lower the risk of death by 11 per cent. These can also be fitted for beds for patients recuperating at home.
Bed monitor systems can decrease falls by 50 per cent and this feature can transmit information such as the height of the bed, position of the back rest and side rails, or even if the patient has vacated the bed to a PC, smartphone or tablet.
Features such as these have revolutionized hospital beds and provided them with increased efficiency and utility to serve both patients and caregivers in the best way possible. Investing in the new generation of beds also goes a long way in saving costs for hospitals where it may come to compensating patients. Nurses and doctors can also do their jobs more efficiently and save time as well as injuries to themselves. The outcome is a win-win situation when it comes to safety standards as well as cost effectiveness – both of which are critical to a hospital.