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Manual Hospital Bed / Mechanical Hospital Bed With Crank

People who are unable to have an electric hospital bed often opt for a manual hospital bed. Some people believe that there aren’t as many benefits associated with a manual bed – these suspicions are wrong, however. It really just depends on who the mechanical hospital bed is being used by. Here at AvaCare Medical, we have a special lineup of manual hospital beds that provide stability and adjustability while operating independently from electricity. Read more...

Benefits

There are many benefits to utilizing a manual bed. Many patients suffer from not only a lack of mobility, but depending on the severity of their injuries or handicap, they may be completely bedridden. If this is the case, it may be necessary to have someone manually adjust their bed’s head section, foot section, and overall bed height. Manual medical beds are adjusted by mechanical means using hand cranks that are attached to the bed. These control all three of the bed’s areas of adjustment. As mentioned earlier, they provide all of the same benefits that electric beds do, but they are more tailored to the needs of a caregiver who is responsible for the adjusting work.

There are numerous benefits to having a manual bed over any other type of hospital bed. Because the hand controls require physical strength and rely solely on the caregiver’s decisions and operation, these models provide more safety benefits to the user than other beds. Some of the benefits that manual patient beds offer are:

Improved Circulation

Hospital beds can adjust frequently and smoothly. Many patients and users who are immobile need to be repositioned numerous times throughout the day to ensure that they don’t develop bed sores or other problems such as skin tears. The freedom to adjust the bed in various positions can also help promote better blood flow to the arms, legs, feet, and other areas of the body to help reduce inflammation and discomfort commonly associated with poor circulation. It can also help reduce the chances of a patient developing a blood clot that could be life-threatening.

Lower Risk of Falls

Most hospital beds with hand controls are able to be purchased with bed rails. While not all models come with them already installed, most of them are able to have bed rails attached. Bed rails help to prevent a person from falling out of a hand crank hospital bed while trying to get in or out. There has been some debate about the utility and safety of bed rails, and some consider them unsafe for certain patients, although bed rail pads can increase the safety level of bed pads. 

Easier Positioning

In times past, before the advent of hospital beds, the most common way to raise a patient’s body involved physically lifting them by hand and then placing pillows or pads beneath them to hold them in place. This can be quite taxing and extremely tiring for a caregiver. Further, human error or physical fatigue can place the patients at an even greater risk for falls. The heavy lifting can even cause pain and injury for the caregiver if they’re not physically capable of sustaining such an exhausting routine for extended periods of time. Add this to the fact that the older people are, the more susceptible they are to injury. Unfortunate accidents related to positioning prove especially dangerous for the aging patient and caregiver. 

Simpler Transfers

Manual patient beds enable patients to be transferred easily. Because this type of bed is able to adjust the various sections of the body to help a patient sit up, it can make it much easier to prepare them for a transfer into their transport chair, manual wheelchair, or any other mobility aid. This can prove extremely helpful in daily routine, during bed linen changes, and even when emergencies occur.

Affordable

Manual hospital beds are considered to be some of the most affordable beds on the medical bed market. The average manual hospital bed costs as little as around $500, and some on the market may cost up to $750. Indeed, many semi-electric and full electric models may cost anywhere from $600 to just under $1,000 (with a few exceptions in fully electric beds that cost more than this). Having an affordable option for those who are on a limited budget represents another reason why manual beds are possible. For this very reason, we stock some of the nation’s best manual hospital beds for sale.

Why Choose a Manual Hospital Bed?

Manual hospital beds are purchased for a variety of reasons. While this was briefly mentioned above, we did not go into many details. That’s why we’ve included this section to help users choose the right manual hospital bed. Some reasons why people may want to consider a hospital bed are as follows:

  • A user has had a recent surgery that requires constant or long-term bedrest.
  • A user suffers from a debilitating medical condition such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, etc.
  • The user needs a caregiver to help them in and out of bed frequently or needs help positioning in bed.
  • A user has had an unfortunate injury, amputation, etc., that requires the use of a hospital bed.
  • The user is elderly and has mobility issues that prevent them from getting in and out of bed by themselves.

What is Important When Choosing a Hospital Bed

Choosing the right manual bed is just as essential as making the original determination that one needs to purchase one. There are some very important factors that need to be assessed before purchasing a bed. These tips will hopefully help those looking to buy a manual medical bed:

  • Always make sure that the weight capacity will be well over the user’s weight, plus the weight of a mattress, attachments, and anything that the user may have on their bed. Doing so ensures maximum safety and helps to preserve the warranty for patients in case of emergencies.
  • Make sure the bed will fit the room that it’s designated to go in. Along with this, make sure it is large enough lengthwise and widthwise so the user can fit comfortably in it.
  • Look into the option of buying a bed with rails. Bed rails are often adjustable, and some are even removable if need be for patient safety.

 

Here at AvaCare Medical, we want to ensure that the manual hospital bed that you choose is the right one for your needs. Feel free to call our customer care representatives at 1-877-813-7799 anytime during business hours, or send us an email whenever you please!