Reply To: Bed levers

Eleanor Barrett

In my hospice role we do not use bed levers on hospital beds – they slide along the bed base when the head end is elevated and then get stuck between slats so the bed can’t go back flat. They also become a barrier to getting out of bed. For the community patients we will have to get the current models retro fitted as per coroners suggestions (these are about $45 each and the suppliers will only do their own.)
However in hospital there are some bed levers of the Super-quip style that have a larger hoop and no cord to attach them to the bed. These are very robust but I still have reservations about bed levers on hospital beds unless they are the correct sort to match the bed… but with so many different beds there may be a problems matching bed lever to bed as per manufacturers guidelines. There is no easy answer!