FAQ's

Care Outlet FAQs

Welcome to our FAQ section, we have answered some of the most common and popular answers below in regards to our product range. We have questions ranging from hospital beds, hospital bed mattresses, patient hoists, slings and lots more. It’s our key focus to ensure we answer your questions with as much information and insight as possible.

However, if you are unable to find an answer to a question you have, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0800 112 3377.

Hospital Bed FAQs

What Are Hospital Beds Called?

Hospital beds are most commonly found in hospitals, but they can be used in all kinds of environments thanks to their flexibility and durability. This is why they are referred to as hospital beds, as well as electric beds, care beds, nursing beds and medical beds. Although they are used in hospitals to take care of patients, they are also popular within homes or community care, because of the benefits they provide.

Are Hospital Beds Comfortable?

There is a reason why hospital beds are used in many care environments. While they showcase great features, a hospital bed will be more comfortable depending on the hospital mattress you choose to pair with it. When it comes to comfort, we all have our own personal preferences, so this will be different for everyone. There are a range of hospital bed mattresses available that match different needs, whether you prefer a firm mattress, or a soft one to help you sleep better – there is a foam mattress to suit every type of user.

We recommend choosing a mattress that has a minimum of 5 and a half inches in depth to prevent the mattress from bottoming out. High density foam mattresses are also best known for their quality and robustness. They are defined by 2 very important things – density and the firmness.

Density refers to a measure of mass per unit volume. It is the property that determines the durability of the foam. Usually, the higher the density, the better the foam will perform and the longer it tends to last. The firmness refers to the measure of the force required to compress a test piece to a specified percentage of its original thickness.

What Are Hospital Beds Made Out Of?

Hospital beds are made from a combination of materials, including metal, plastics and timber. Many beds feature a steel frame which ultimately offers strength, support and durability. They are finished with ABS plastic components which are designed for easy clean and decontamination. Domestic hospital beds are finished in wood or vinyl because it is more visually appealing when it’s being used in the home or care home environments.

What Are The Sizes in Hospital Beds?

All hospital beds available in the market have a standard size. The dimensions for the mattress platform are usually 880mm – 900mm wide by 2000mm long. External dimensions are 1020mm wide by 2240mm long. There are hospital bed standards, and these were in fact updated in 2010. They are called the IEC/EN 60601-2-52 – The IEC refers to the International Electrotechnical Committee. They are the world’s leading organisation in regard to the preparation and publication of internal standards for everything electrical and technological. When you purchase a bed that conform to these new standards and guidelines, you can be sure that you’re purchasing a bed that is safe, secure, and most of all, reliable.

We stock a range of standard size hospital beds, and we also cater to larger size patients with our bariatric beds range.

How Much Are Hospital Beds?

Although there are a variety of hospital beds from different brands, to the NHS one bed would cost between £1200 - £1600. Domestic hospital beds, ones that are used in homes for example, are quite cheaper because they don’t tend to require some of the electrical features and technological advances in which hospitals do. If you’re looking for a hospital bed, you need to take into consideration your needs, requirements before deciding on specifications, finishes and styles of hospital beds. The Apollo Saturn Rotating Chair bed for example, is a stand assist bed and chair, however because this has many features, it’s more expensive than your standard hospital bed like the Invacare.

What Is The Best Hospital Bed For The Home?

Hospital beds for the home need careful consideration. As we stated in our previous FAQ answer, you must consider several factors. You need to look for functionality, durability, security, safety and affordability. It’s incredibly important for users to maintain their independence and increase mobility whilst in recovery.

There are 3 minimum requirements for a hospital bed, would be that the bed should have an electric backrest. This enables a user to sit up and down within a touch of a button, this reduces strain and other potential injuries that could occur while in recovery.

Another requirement is to consider a rising knee break function. This make sitting much more comfortable, and you don’t have to worry about sliding down the bed and readjusting every few minutes to get in a comfortable position.

The final requirement is to have a bed which has a variable height adjustment feature. The lowering of the bed makes it easier for users to get in and out of the bed without causing harm. We have a selection of hospital beds suitable for home use, but we highly recommend the Invacare Medley Ergo or Drive Casa Med Classic FS hospital bed. They are stylish, visually appealing and affordable. Furthermore, they are quite compact so they can fit in almost any room, and they are also fitted with side rails as standard.

Hospital Bed Mattress FAQs

What size mattress do hospital beds use?

Every hospital bed mattress is a standard size. This is to meet the standards for hospital beds, so they fit correctly without any gaps or potential issues. Using the wrong mattress can cause entrapment and further injuries to patients who are using them. The size is 900mm wide by 2000m long. However, the depth varies from a recommended minimum height of 125mm, and above being 150mm deep.

What Is the Best Hospital Bed Mattress?

Mattresses for hospital beds fit into 2 main categories. These are;

  • Pressure reducing mattresses
  • Pressure relieving mattresses

Pressure reducing mattress have been designed to increase the body surface area that comes into contact with the support surface. It is also to reduce interface pressure or to alter parts of the body that bear the load. This essentially reduces the duration of loading at any give anatomical site, allowing for pressure relief. (EPUAP, 2014)

Pressure redistribution can be achieved with two primary methods – immersion/envelopment or redirection/offloading. (EPUAP, 2014)

There are various different types of pressure redistribution mattresses:

Pressure relieving mattresses focus on relieving pressure on a localised area of skin. This is achieved by frequently alternating the pressure relief to the skin, while simultaneously supporting the patient’s weight.

There are various different types of pressure relieving mattresses:

Support surfaces should be determined based on an individuals needs for pressure redistribution. In every case, the manufacturers recommendation for use and maintenance should be adhered to correctly. Here at Care Outlet we strive for great customer service, so if you’re unsure of which hospital bed mattress you need, please call us and we’d be more than happy to assist you in your requirements.

Bariatric Mattress FAQs

What Is a Bariatric Mattress?

Bariatric refers to the treatment of obesity. In regards to hospital beds, bariatric beds and mattresses are usually 120cm wide, which is a lot wider than the standard size. This makes them suitable for larger and plus size patients. However, bariatric mattresses and beds can be purchased for patients that simply prefer a lot of space in order to sleep more comfortably.

Which Is The Best Bariatric Mattress?

This depends on the patients needs and requirements. We stock a great range of bariatric mattresses, all of which reduce the risk of pressure ulcers and provide a level of comfort that standard mattresses cannot. If you require further assistance, please contact us.