Purchasing a used hospital bed is a good investment, and one that should not be avoided or postponed for someone who is in need, and can benefit from having access to one. However, it is important to know what to look for in used medical equipment; the different types of beds that are available, and which model will best suit your needs. While most people may assume that hospital beds are all the same, there are actually a variety of beds that are best suited for different medical needs. Budgeting concerns make often make purchasing used medical equipment an attractive and realistic option. Knowing what features are needed and what you have to spend is an excellent starting point.
Types of Hospital Beds
Stretchers are beds that offer great mobility and are used to transport patients. They are most commonly used in ambulances and in emergency rooms.
A Gatch Bed is the typically the least expensive type of hospital bed because it does not require any electricity. They have three cranks that operate the bed to manually raise and lower different sections of the bed. These beds are often found in economically challenged medical facilities or areas.
Electric beds are the type of bed that is most commonly used in hospitals. Buttons on the side rails allow patients and staff to raise and lower the bed at various levels.
Low beds are made for use with patients who are at greater risk if falling off beds and causing further injury to themselves. They are set to stand less than two feet from the ground. These beds are also made with the option of raising the head or foot of the bed if desired.
Low Air Loss Beds
Low Air loss beds are designed with special cushions and are most often used for burn patients and keeps them cool and dry, or for patients with circulatory or skin conditions. They are the ideal choice to reduce any pressure on the skin.
Circo-electric beds rotate inside circular bars and are used for patients who must be rotated but cannot be turned over by a caretaker. These beds are typically used for patients that are in traction, have severe burns, or spinal injuries.
Clintron beds are filled with sand-like material and circulate dry, warm air through the bed to maintain a certain temperature and provide even support for the body. Clintron models are used for patients that have burn injuries, skin disorders, or pressure ulcers.
When purchasing a used hospital bed, be certain that all of the features are functional and that the mattress does not have significant wear. Furthermore, it is important to hire a certified technician to assemble the bed, to ensure that everything is secure and working properly. It is always best to order any used medical equipment you are purchasing from a reputable online dealer. Dealers sometimes offer free shipping, installation, and extended warranties on the products they sell.
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