Other elements to consider when purchasing a bariatric bed
Design of the bed
When a bariatric bed is designed with bariatric patients in mind, staff members can handle their patients more safely and provide them with comfort and dignity. Having a beautifully designed bed can seem vain, but it provides dignity to the patient. It ensures that every bariatric patient going through the hospital doors feels the same as any other patient.
Ease of use
Bariatric beds should be easy to use. Having a short learning curve will make staff confident and increase efficiency when using the bed, even if they do not use it every day. Beds built on the same platform make it easy for healthcare personnel to know exactly how to operate the beds, as they all work on the same system and software. Having a versatile bariatric bed will also help staff be more familiar with the bed, as it can be used more often and in more contexts.
Easy to clean
Every bed coming into a hospital should be easy to clean to support infection prevention protocols. When choosing a bariatric bed, here are some elements that should be considered to ensure easy cleaning:
- Seamless smooth surfaces that are resistant to most cleaning products used in medical care settings
- Flat mattress decks and an open bed architecture for easy maintenance and cleaning
- Side rails that never touch the floor