Four inches (10 cm). That is the difference between falling – or rolling – out of bed. Four precious inches. So small a distance, yet so large a difference between extended hospital stay and cost – or its avoidance.
Our entire range of Health Care Beds aim to prevent fall injuries and provide the opportunity for excellent care.
Studies have shown the importance of using floor-level-beds to prevent fall injuries for patients at risk of falling out of their beds.
Fall injuries and entrapment – A major source of injuries
On a yearly basis, nearly 40 million cases of fall injuries become serious enough to require medical attention. A surprisingly large number of these injuries afflict patients already attending hospital care. This contradicts the perception of hospitals and medical centers as being safe and controlled environments. In fact, fall injuries must be considered among the biggest problems in hospital care, as each year somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people fall in the hospital in the United States alone(1).
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The cost issue with fall injuries and entrapment
Fall injuries are among the most serious problems in hospital care, and a vast majority of all falls that take place in hospitals occur around the bed. In the USA alone, somewhere between 700,000 to 1,000,000 people suffer from fall injuries each year while attending hospital care and observational studies show that 60–70% of all falls in hospital occur from the bed or bedside chair(1).
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Solutions to the problem with fall injuries and entrapment
To eliminate fall injuries you need to reduce the impact force of the fall. Starting from a height of only 10 cm (4 inches), if you add 5 cm (2 inches) in height the impact force increases by 50 %. From 20 cm, the height of most so called low level beds, the result is a 100 % increase in the impact force compared to falling from 10 cm or floor level(1).
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study: Reducing serious fall-related injuries in acute hospitals: are low-low beds a critical success factor?
Anna Barker, Jeannette Kamar, Tamara Tyndall and Keith Hill, 2012.
During the observation of 356,158 inpatients, there were 3946 falls and 1005 fall-related injuries of which 60 (5·9%) were serious (55 fractures and five subdural haematomas). Serious fall-related injuries declined significantly throughout the period.
When there was one low-low bed to nine or more standard beds there was no statistically significant decrease in serious fall-related injuries. An important reduction only occurred when there was one low-low bed to three standard beds.
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Article: The costs of fatal and non-fatal falls among older adults
– J A Stevens, P S Corso, E A Finkelstein, T R Miller
Fall related injuries are a serious public health issue among people aged ⩾65 years in developed countries. More than a third of older adults fall each year and 10% to 20% of falls cause serious injuries such as fractures or head traumas. Non-fatal fall injuries are associated with considerable morbidity including decreased functioning and loss of independence as well as significant use of healthcare services.
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Benefits of floor-level beds
100 mm (Four inches).That is the difference between falling – or rolling – out of bed. One hundred millimetres, those precious millimetres. So small a distance, yet so large a difference between an extended, expensive, hospital stay – or its avoidance. Our entire range of Health Care Beds aims to prevent fall injuries and provides the opportunity for excellent care.
The floor-level bed functions without restraints, thereby greatly enhancing the dignity of care. One may elect to call it ‘dignity’. We choose to simply call it ‘care’. Human Care.
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That is what we have been offering people with reduced mobility for over 25 years. Your Life. Your Way. Our focus is simple. We work for our users. Our products serve to be a natural part of life to anyone who might need them. Meeting that need is what drives and motivates us. Our mission is to improve the quality of care and freedom of movement for people with special needs. Being lifted by someone else – to literally be in someone else’s hands – is a special situation. It demands trust, respect, a fine touch and safety for both user and caregiver.
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A user of a product from Human Care is a person who feels very confident with the product’s quality and reliability. At all times. The reason behind this is our profound commitment to safety, quality and usability.
Firstly, our products are designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of the relevant ISO, UL, IEC and EN standards. Secondly, every single product specific is given extensive attention at every stage of the design process. Thirdly, in developing our products, our design team collaborates with leading physical therapists, creating global state-of-the-art products which all share the same ultimate goal: The benefit and enjoyment of their users. Allowing them to live life in the best way possible. Their way.