Early mobilisation in the hospital bed for rehabilitation
Stiegelmeyer Vertica Clinic Hospital Bed
The mobilisation bed for rehabilitation
For a successful rehabilitation, the patient needs to sit up and stand again as quickly as possible.
The Vertica clinic with its sitting and standing positions provides ideal support for patients and nursing staff.
Early mobilisation in rehabilitation brings strong health and economic benefits.
ERGONOMIC — For nursing staff,
the strenuous mobilisation of the occupant via the side of the bed is no longer necessary.
Their health will be protected, and their motivation increased. Absenteeism is reduced.
HEALTH BENEFITS — Sitting and standing early on promotes patients’ recovery during rehabilitation.
It strengthens their muscles, relieves pain, and makes speaking and swallowing easier.
PRACTICAL DETAILS — Everyday hospital life becomes easier with the Vertica clinic and its many innovations, such as an optional footboard that can be used as a dining tray.
Brings the patient into a genuine sitting position through a natural process
Facilitates early mobilisation during rehabilitation
Considerable relief for nursing staff
No need for time-consuming transfers to special chairs
Comfort and safety of a modern hospital bed
MultiFlex ⅔ safety side with mobilisation support
Height adjustment range of approx. 42.5 — 83cm
Life at eye level with other people
Backrest and lower leg rest adjustable up to 90°
Pain and pressure ulcer prevention
Reduced risk of aspiration
Back to everyday life
Sit up and stand-up positions can be set on separate nurse’s control unit
Mobilisation aids at the sides with handles
According to studies, early mobilisation can shorten rehabilitation and hospital stays
Mobilisation for rehabilitation
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One factor is particularly important for successful rehabilitation:
The patient must sit and stand up again as early as possible. Bed rest can sap the body’s strength.
For every day that a patient spends in bed, it takes 3 days of exercise and training to regain the former energy level.
The Vertica clinic from Stiegelmeyer is a mobilisation bed that provides ideal support for patients and nursing staff.
Being bedridden often goes hand in hand with a fear of falls and painful movements.
The Vertica clinic dispels these worries by imitating the natural flowing movements of the body and bringing patients gradually into an upright sitting position.
This boosts confidence and encourages the patient to stand up and venture the first few steps. It also makes it much easier for patients to transfer from the bed to a transport chair or wheelchair.
The Vertica clinic is equally ideal for relieving the strain on nursing staff. It is no longer necessary to strenuously mobilise the patient over the side of the bed,
and back and joint strain can now be prevented. The quality of life and motivation of everyone concerned in the daily hospital routine are considerably enhanced.
Hospitals also benefit financially from this improvement, since the cost of absences from work and staff treatment are dispensed with from the outset.
As a result, many patients have a reduced length of stay, which enhances the hospital’s reputation and attracts new patients.
The Vertica clinic provides so many benefits that it pays for itself in next to no time.
Beneficial effects of early mobilisation during rehabilitation
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Advantages at a glance
Improved state of patients’ health
Fewer sedatives and painkillers
Shorter length of stay
Cost-savings for the hospital
The beneficial impact of early mobilisation has been scientifically proven in numerous trials.
Patients can often be discharged earlier and also enjoy better long-term health if they have been mobilised during their stay in the hospital’s intensive or normal care unit.
The reduction in patients’ length of stay is considerable. In a trial by Peter E. Morris and colleagues*, mobilised subjects were discharged from the intensive care
unit almost one and a half days earlier than the non-mobilised comparison group (5.5 days compared to 6.9 days).
Overall, their hospital stay was reduced by more than 3 days (11.2 compared to 14.5 days).
Further trials show that the use of sedatives and painkillers can be significantly reduced by early mobilisation.
Dale M. Needham and colleagues* found that the dosage of benzodiazepines and morphines fell by up to two-thirds through increased mobilisation and higher quality of care in the intensive care unit.
These beneficial effects add up to a considerably improved quality of life. They help hospitals to relieve the pressure on their budget.
If a day spent in intensive care is costed at € 1,200, the price of purchasing a Vertica clinic can potentially be saved after only 2 or 3 patients.
* "Early Mobilization and Rehabilitation of Patients Who Are Critically ill". Mohamed D. Hashem, MDa,b, Ann M. Parker, MDa,b, Dale M. Needham, FCPA, MD, PhD
Sitting position — participating in everyday life again
The beneficial ergonomic sitting position afforded by the Vertica clinic significantly outstrips
the possibilities offered by conventional hospital beds. The ability to adjust both the backrest and the lower leg rest to a virtually genuine 90 degree sitting
position offers numerous health benefits and allows patients to engage with others at eye level again during everyday life.
Eating and drinking are considerably easier in an upright position. It also lessens aspiration and the associated risk of contracting pneumonia.
By sitting up to eat meals and talk to other people the patient regains a feeling of self-reliance and equality.
This also increases the patient’s psychological well-being.
The Vertica clinic promotes a healthy posture. Patients sit on their ischium instead of resting their weight on their tailbone in a semi-recumbent position.
This prevents pain and effectively eliminates the risk of pressure ulcers forming. The upright sitting position activates the red muscles that are used for
stabilising the body. Since there is no strain put on the white muscles, these muscles can be freely used.
Rather than tensing up, the patient is able to move freely, such as while eating and reading. The patient is encouraged to engage in physical activity.
Even patients in a persistent vegetative state or with spinal paralysis benefit from the familiar natural movement of the bed.
Relieving the strain on nursing staff fosters motivation in the daily care routine during rehabilitation
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Advantages at a glance
No second person needed to sit the patient up
Easy to operate
Space-saving mobilisation using the foot end of the bed
The Vertica clinic considerably reduces the physical strain on nursing staff and frees up time for other things,
such as talking to patients. Even experienced nursing staff can reach their limits when it comes to mobilising heavy persons to sit up on the side of the bed.
In the long-term, this can lead to back injury, illness-related absences and high treatment costs. The Vertica clinic solves these problems.
The sitting up process is completely taken care of by the bed. Brief help from a nurse is only needed when it comes to standing up or transferring the patient
to a transport chair. Mobilisation using the foot end of the bed also saves room in confined spaces. The Vertica clinic can also be used as a conventional hospital bed.
The sitting and standing up function of the bed is activated with a single touch of a button on a carer control unit.
This leaves nurses more time to devote to the patient in the hectic daily hospital routine. It also prevents the patient from inadvertently activating the
standing up procedure on the patient handset used for making normal adjustments. These functions include the wide height adjustment range of the bed from
about 42 to 83cm. This allows staff to work at an ergonomic waist level.
The Vertica clinic not only mobilises the patient but is extremely agile due to its shorter wheelbase, which makes it effortless to manoeuvre into position in
even the smallest of spaces.
Comfort in the premium care unit
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The Vertica clinic stands for high comfort and a perceptible improvement in the quality of life.
These strengths are also appreciable in premium care units. The upright sitting position allows patients to quickly experience the enjoyable sides of life that
they are accustomed to. When the footboard is used as a tray, the Vertica clinic is transformed in next to no time into a convenient place to eat, relax and work.
Surfing the internet on a laptop, enjoying watching television or engaging with visitors at eye level are pleasures that foster recovery during rehabilitation.
The large selection of colours and optional wooden decors allows the Vertica clinic to adapt to a wide range of furnishing styles.
The spectrum ranges from dark to light-coloured wood tones, and from calming blue and grey to cheerful golden yellow. The bed’s stylish contemporary look enhances any room.
Hospitals benefit from this increased attractiveness by discharging satisfied patients who attract more and more people to the hospital through their recommendation.
Adjusting the Vertica clinic to a sitting position requires only the touch of a button on a carer control unit (top left).
The main handset with its intuitively comprehensible pictograms can be used even by patients with reduced capabilities to carry out normal adjustments to the bed (top centre).
The raisable mobilisation supports have practical handles that can be pivoted (top right). They provide support for the patient when standing up.
Optional side support cushions provide extra stability in the sitting position (bottom right). The optional footrests activate the proprioreceptors
in patients’ muscles and joints and give them reliable feedback on their location within the room.
The footrests are easy to attach and can be stowed away under the backrest (bottom left and centre).
Accessories and equipment details
With high-quality accessories from Stiegelmeyer, the Vertica clinic can be adapted even more closely to individual requirements.
Tall patients enjoy the extra 15cm of space afforded by the bed extension with its perfectly sized mattress piece (top left).
The mattress is precisely tailored to the mattress base adjustment options and is designed to prevent pressure ulcers (top centre).
The footboard, which also serves as a foldable table and linen holder, can be adjusted in a few easy steps (right top and bottom).
Footrests promote mobilisation by providing the patient with additional support and a comfortable and secure feeling when sitting up (bottom left).
It is also possible to equip the Vertica clinic with standard sliding rails under the backrest and at the head end.
They provide ample room for supply accessories (bottom centre).