Medical Bed

If you are looking at the different features of a medical bed, you could be quite flabbergasted by the range of features that are available on today’s market.  Furthermore, new features are constantly being developed.  Choosing the right medical bed to suit your needs and requirements can be a daunting task because of this huge range of choices.

Medical Bed Features

The features of a medical bed are designed to aid with the following:

  • Patient’s comfort
  • Patient’s recovery
  • Carer’s health and safety

Of course, you also need to take into consideration where your bed will be placed and whether or not enough space is available for the user to be comfortable and for the carer to safely move around the medical bed as well.

Medical Bed Mattresses

Previously, medical beds were designed for safety and with a low price in mind.  However, science has determined that comfort greatly aids in the recovery of a patient, so medical beds are now developed to ensure that they are comfortable for patients as well as offering convenience for patients, visitors and medical staff.  Most medical beds now have a memory foam mattress as standard.  Memory foam was developed by NASA to increase the safety and comfort of their astronauts so it is unsurprising as to why it is now the standard for medical beds.  Memory foam means that the mattress moulds itself to the shape of the person who is lying on it, whilst bouncing back into position after use.  Memory foam is now also used in pillows, providing excellent neck support.

Other Common Additions to Medical Beds

  • Massage features – many medical beds now come with massage features as standard, as it has been demonstrated that a massage is more than just a luxury.  It improves blood circulation and relaxes tissue, which can significantly reduce recovery time in patients.  These features have been designed to be durable and reliable, meaning that they can be used over and over again.
  • Medical bed adjustments – this is one of the most important features on a medical bed.  The standard adjustments are generally able to change the headrest and foot end of a bed, as well as being able to lower and raise the bed itself.  However, more and more beds are now also able to raise and lower the thigh and calf areas.  A good medical bed will be fully electric to protect the health and safety of staff and to be more user friendly for patients.  They will also include a remote control with easy to understand buttons.
  • Safety is also incredibly important on any medical bed.  Being able to raise and lower a bed is an important safety feature for patients, allowing them to get out of bed without the risk of falling, but also for the health and safety of medical staff, who may otherwise have to bend or work in uncomfortable positions.

Clearly, a medical bed combines comfort and safety not only for the patient but also for the carers.  New features are continuously being developed to improve this and make things more comfortable for both parties.


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