Here’s another bronze medal winner in IDSA’s 2007 International Design Excellence Awards. A great number of features in the ProAxis Bariatric Care Bed will open new horizons for those that are stuck in a prison of their own making.
From the IDSA profile:
The ProAxis Bariatric Care Bed was designed to satisfy the unique demands of caring for patients weighing over 700 pounds. While its extra-wide mattress platform can accommodate the largest patients, the bed has a standard width that easily fits through doors and in elevators–which helps patients to maintain their dignity.
Nightingale Care Beds Ltd., based in the UK, explains how it tackled issues involving inertia:
The unique “dropping hinge” incorporated in the ergonomically designed three section mattress platform holds patients firmly in position by lowering the sacral area as the back rest rises. The foot section lowers at the same time thus ensuring minimal sheer and friction. Pressure is dynamically redistributed each time the backrest is moved…
Designed and built specifically for ProAxis, speed controlled motors enable “soft” stop and start eliminating jolts and delivering smooth movement at the touch of a button. Pre-set Cardiac Chair and Bed Flat buttons are simplicity themselves to use.
The self levelling ability of the Trendelenburg control eliminates all difficulties associated with manual operations. Fully automated CPR function allows staff to concentrate on patient needs rather than manual bed operation.