As the patient population has grown older and heavier, safe transfer of patients
to and from bed has become increasingly difficult and risky. There is also
widespread understanding of the importance of achieving early ambulation
after medical treatment, surgery or illness, as well as of the many health
benefits of reducing time spent in a reclining position.
There are numerous official initiatives that target the challenges of bringing
a prone patient to a standing position in order to improve safety of both patients
and hospital staff:
- In the U.S., OSHA has determined that nursing has become a dangerous profession due to an increasing number of work related injuries. In addition, Medicare has established new regulations that penalize hospitals for trips and falls that result in patient injuries.
- Minimal lift laws, which mandate that healthcare facilities establish policies to reduce or minimize staff lifting, are being instituted in some U.S. states and it is anticipated that all states will follow.
Elevating patient transfer to new heights in safety, comfort and dignity
Vitalgo’s Total Lift Bed™ fully addresses these issues as well as your concerns for patient and staff safety. It provides a complete, hospital-proven solution for the safe, comfortable and dignified transfer of patients from reclining or sitting to a full standing position, and back again.
The innovative Total Lift Bed safely brings a patient to a standing position by gradually tilting the patient in controlled way. Gradual tilting has numerous advantages:
- The caregiver can allow the patient to orient themselves and experience a controlled amount of weight on their lower extremities until standing at an upright position.
- The patient can be tilted to any raised position or angle in order to help reduce post-op respiratory complications.
- Staff can safely assess the patient’s weight bearing ability by evaluating patient comfort, confidence and capabilities at different tilt angles.
For Nursing Homes
Nursing Homes face many challenges. With reimbursement shrinking, your facility must maintain a healthy census –
which requires demonstrating to your referral sources that your facility can care for both short-term
rehabilitation patients and long-term residents at a high level.
Because reimbursement rates are highest during the initial period when care is usually acute, you need to be able
to safely and effectively care for patients with the most limited ambulatory capabilities. In markets where there are
many facilities competing for the same patients, often it is new technology that can give you a competitive edge.
For Home Care
For older and infirm people, getting in and out of bed can be a difficult and dangerous maneuver. Often a spouse
or family member must lend assistance.
An operation, medical condition, or simply old age can cause a person to lose the ability to safely get in and out
of bed by without assistance, frequently resulting in the person spending extended periods of time in bed. This means they
walk less, and seldom get out of bed to use the toilet or have meals at a table with their family. The consequences can be
devastating, as long-term confinement to bed can lead to numerous health complications, such as respiratory and bladder
infections, pressure sores and muscle atrophy, and can severely impact personal dignity and quality of life.
A safe, dignified way to help anyone out of bed
With standard beds, even standard hospital beds, there is no good situation. A weak or infirm person who attempts to get in and out of bed alone can easily fall and suffer serious injuries. And, when a spouse, or other family member must help or fully lift the patient to and from the bed, they risk serious injury to themselves as well. In addition, they risk dropping the person they are caring for.
Now, with Vitalgo’s unique Total Lift Bed, anyone can move from lying in bed to standing, and back again, independently, with total safety and dignity – and with zero lifting on the part of the caregiver. It is ideal for people who can walk with assistance and for completely immobile patients, as the bed can safely and comfortably tilt the person to a healthier position that can relieve many symptoms and medical complications associated with lying prone all day.
Enabling people to stay at home longer
For many, the inability to get in and out of bed safely is the first step in a road to illness that can result in having to leave one’s home and move into a nursing home or assisted living institution. With the Total Lift Bed, you can extend a spouse or family member’s time at home and avoid the emotional distress and catastrophic financial hardship of long-term care in a facility.
This unique bed can also help you maintain the dignity of your loved family member, enabling them to retain a degree of independence that would not be possible without the bed. Whether at home or in an assisted living facility, the Total Life Bed can be the solution to maintaining a familiar and comfortable lifestyle.