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Equipment

New line of hospital beds from Cycom Canada

SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – Cycom Canada Corp. has started distributing hospital beds from European manufacturer Linet, a producer of high-quality beds designed with patient and care-giver safety features. Moreover, the beds are said to be significantly lower cost than traditional beds.

Studies and clinical data have consistently shown that the hospital bed systems can contribute significantly to injury or even hospital-related death. In many settings, low-standard or poorly chosen hospital beds often place significant health hazard and safety risk on the caregivers as well.

To address this issue, Linet, the top hospital bed producer in Europe, has introduced unique siderail concept based on the “no gap” principle to reduce entrapment and squeezing risks in all bed positions. These siderails in the Eleganza 3, a new bed from Linet, also provide effective individual protection against a fall in high-risk patients (e.g., if a confused patient is willfully trying to leave the bed).

Helping hospitals reduce patient falls has been one of Linet’s main focuses for over two decades. Accordingly, the innovation of Eleganza protector, a feature exclusive to the Linet products, provides a protective barrier all around the mattress platform (without leaving dangerous gaps) and yet does not restrict the patient on the bed.

Immobility affects an average of 5 to 10% of patients in acute care departments. In some branches (neurology, orthopedics) temporary immobility applies to 30% of patients. Accordingly, it has now been established that patient mobilization best practices improve patient safety as a number of studies support the critical need for mobilizing hospitalized patients.

On the other hand, this issue is equally crucial for the nursing staff. According to the American Nurses Association, about 52% of nurses complain of chronic back pain, with 20% requesting assignment transfers and up to 12% leaving the profession as a result of back injuries.

One of the main reasons for such issues is the frequent handling of the patient on the bed – mobilizing and positioning the patient or the bed is one of the most physically demanding activities.

Such statistics clearly suggest a genuine need for any features in a modern hospital bed which make the mobilization more safe and effective. One such feature, the Mobi-Lift, is found in the Eleganza 3. Mobi-Lift is a sophisticated handle with integrated height adjustment control button of the mattress platform that helps the patient to get up safely and naturally, particularly acting as support for the patient when leaving the bed.

In addition, the patient can also lean against it safely when leaving or lying down on the bed. Mobi-Lift also greatly reduces the physical burden of the nursing staff (can even fully replace the work load of one nurse when two nurses are needed). The best part of the Mobi-Lift handle is that it is bilateral (not restricted only to the right or left side of the patient) and can be easily integrated into the bed or stored under the mattress platform – it does not obstruct movement around the bed or handling the patient).

Bed or pressure sores or ulcers are a common yet preventable problem in the hospital settings with incidence rates ranging from 0.4% to 38% in acute care (Reddy, 2006). The quality of life of patients with pressure ulcers is related to factors such as pain, suffering, costs to the healthcare system and the family and limitations in performing activities of daily living.

In addition to such potential health risks, the economic impact of treating bed sores is also substantial. According to a Dutch study, costs associated with care of pressure ulcers were the third highest after those for cancer and cardiovascular diseases (Health Council of the Netherlands; 1999).

It must be noted that the patient’s repositioning is a mainstay of bed sores prevention (Reddy, 2006). The basic objective of this repositioning is to reduce or eliminate interface pressure and thereby maintain microcirculation to areas of the body at risk for pressure ulcers (e.g. the pelvic area and the region between shoulder blades).

To effectively achieve this goal, Linet has introduced Ergoframe, a positioning system and mattress platform solution to enhance patient’s comfort and ensure pressure sores prevention. Ergoframe is an essential feature of Eleganza 3 and greatly facilitates easy, frequent positioning and repositioning of the patient, while also increasing the overall abdominal and pelvic surface area which causes reduction in the internal organ pressure of these areas by 25% as compared to a standard hospital bed.

Unlike an ordinary bed without Ergoframe, it also minimizes unwanted friction between the skin (the movement against the mattress equals 0 inches so there is no friction) and the mattress, leading to a significant risk reduction for the development of pressure sores particularly in the area between shoulder blades and of pelvis. In addition, because of the superior positioning system of the Ergoframe, the mattress does not move against the bed and there is a constant, comfortable support even for the head so that the patient’s head leans comfortably throughout the positioning against the mattress and does not go beyond the edge of the backrest even when it is in the highest position.

A number of studies have shown that hospital surfaces become contaminated by a variety of pathogens (Kramer, 2006). Unfortunately, used hospital beds are not only frequently contaminated but are also a source of hospital acquired (nosocomial) infections.

The risk of infection becomes evident when the patient contracts a contagious disease or is colonized with pathogens. In fact, for some infections like wound infections, pneumonia including productive coughs, UTIs including incontinence, intestinal infections etc., the risk of a contamination of the bed is very high (Reuf, 1994). Studies have also shown that the most contaminated parts include “the bed ends and siderails.

As a result, it is important for the bed frame and additional parts affixed to the bed frame have to be “sanitation-accessible.”

To effectively encounter such infection and contamination issues, Linet says it was the first ever company to invent and introduce the linear column construction in the hospital beds. Following the same recommended guidelines and to ensure easy hygiene and superior decontamination, Eleganza 3 has been provided with a special “column construction” which serves as the basis of optimal hygiene.

It essentially consists of easy-to-clean smooth aluminum profiles (column lift units) without any gaps, pins or joints and groove connections, eliminating the possibility of infectious liquid leakage. The surface of this column construction is sealed and contains a permanent thin lubricating film for easy cleaning and decontamination.

The Electrolytic oxidation and a thin film on the surface provide very low adhesiveness for contaminating fluids (blood, fecal contamination). Most dirt sticks to the surface slightly, and can be easily removed by common disinfectants even after it dries. Finally, the column structure also guarantees resilience against mechanical wear and tear under repeated rough handling (overloading).

In the last few years, the Canadian public health sector has seen increasing stress to do more with the same or reduced levels of expenditure. In addition, the number of beds in public acute care hospitals has also been declining, while the level of demand and patient expectation is increasing.

On top of that, according to Linet, almost all of the already established hospital bed brands are significantly more expensive (both in terms of purchase and maintenance) and, at times, actually “oversell” customers’ needs. Such pricey products don’t really fit with today’s economy. All these factors necessitate the use of an efficient, safe and economical modern hospital bed that could offer some potential cost-effective solutions to the large economic burden in the Canadian healthcare settings.

With the introduction of the Eleganza 3 from Linet, it is now possible to save up to 20% on each hospital bed as compared to the other traditional or standard
beds of the same genre.

Another decisive factor that should be considered comprises of some of the major weaknesses that exist within the traditional (although well-established) brands in the hospital bed sector of Canada. For example, almost all such hospital beds have an average weight of 435 to 495 lb (without surface).

However, with only 305 lb weight (without surface), Eleganza 3, is the most light weight bed among all other beds of competition, ensuring easier handling and improved mobility. Also, the beds already present in the market have an average range of head angle of 64º to 65º with an average range for the height of desk to edge of 15.75” to 17”. On the other hand, with 19” height of deck to edge, Eleganza 3 ensures maximum flexibility for the bed in chair position.

Similarly, some of the commonly used standard beds in Canadian hospitals have patients’ controls that are hard to reach with head elevated and are harder to clean and maintain. In fact, one of the frequently used standard beds has all the controls located on the bedside rail, which makes it harder to operate both for the patients and the care givers. Therefore, a bed equipped with accessible foot controls (Eleganza 3) offers better comfort and convenience for hands free adjustments, leading to a much improved user-friendly experience.

As for safety, there have been also some issues with the brake system handling and its location with many of the commonly used hospital beds and, unfortunately, none of those in the market offers the unique Ergoframe feature or Mobi-Lift system (as found in Eleganza 3).

For more information, contact Cycom Canada at: 1-800-268-3171, or sales@cycom.com


Posted November 17, 2011

 

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