How can Nurses have more control when turning Patients?
Turning beds were designed to relieve pressure on nursing teams in complex care scenarios. Often the operation and control of the bed could cause further issues, thus compromising the level of care a patient received. The latest models of turning beds provide increased control features for care providers.
One complete turn
In early models of turning beds, the side wings would move in conjunction with the rest of the bed. There was no ability to separate these functions. Nursing teams would have no control over the speed or level of side wing movement once they had begun the turning process.
This gave the operating nurse more issues to be aware of, often preventing the turn being undertaken by a single nurse. There was a need to keep a constant check on the critical care equipment and medical devices to ensure they did not become entrapped or dislodged. A complex care patient would be attached to a number of instruments, including endotracheal tubes, cannulaes and infusion and pressure monitoring lines. All crucial to their ongoing care.
More control when turning patients:
The development of the Legacy bed provides nurses with the ability to control each individual movement throughout a turn. This offers significant benefits for nursing teams, both in terms of patient comfort and safety and the ease in which the turn can be performed.
The bed is fitted with both hand and foot operated controls, allowing nurses to provide the exact level of care required for each individual patient. The foot controls enable the height of the bed to be raised and lowered, lateral turning to be performed and Trendelenburg inclination to be set. They have been placed in an obvious sequence relative to how the turn is performed, limiting the risk of the process being completed inappropriately.
The foot controls feature on all four sides of the bed, enabling the operator to position themselves as they see fit for the task they are undertaking. There is no longer a need for them to be out of sight of the patient during the turn, reducing distress and making the process more pleasant.
Hand operated controls change the position of the side wings and work the back and leg raisers. According to the clinical need of the patient, some of these functions can be locked out, preventing the bed from being operated accidentally or inaccurately.
Mechanised turning beds, have meant that the nursing team has more control when turning patients. The operation of the beds can be adapted to meet the precise medical needs of each individual patient, thus speeding up the rehabilitation schedule.
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