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Applicable Medical Conditions

The clinically proven Freedom BedTM is recommended for persons suffering from temporary or permanent immobility. This could include:

  • Spinal Cord Injuries causing paraplegia and quadriplegia (with or without ventilator)
  • Muscular Dystrophy and multiple sclerosis
  • Severe head injuries and stroke
  • Severe respiratory ailments such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Immobility due to aging
  • Cancer
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • AIDS
  • Coma
  • Amputations 
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Degenerative disk disease, post-spinal fusion and laminectomy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • ALS
  • Any other condition where turning assistance is required

Tube Fed Patients

The torso raising position is also beneficial for tube fed bed users since the bed user can still be rotated with the torso raised up to 30°.

A higher elevation angle can be achieved by combining head elevation with Reverse Trendelenburg.

Complications of Immobility

Bed Turning, Pressure/Decubitus Ulcers and More

A mobile person generally turns approximately once every 10-12 minutes while sleeping. This action provides for healthy blood circulation, stimulation of body organs and movement of body fluids. When a person becomes temporarily or permanently immobilized however, the blood supply to that part of the body that is under pressure is restricted. If that pressure is not regularly relieved, and the blood supply restored, the affected tissue dies and sloughs off resulting in the formation of a bed sore/decubitus ulcer. These occur most commonly on the buttocks, sacrum, hips and heels and can be life-threatening if they become infected. This is commonly referred to as a Pressure Injury.

If that isn’t bad enough there are many other medical complications associated with immobility. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Pneumonia
  • Venous stasis
  • Thrombosis
  • Embolism
  • Stone formation
  • Urinary tract infection (kidney and bladder)
  • Muscle wasting
  • Bone demineralization
  • Atelectasis

Decubitus Ulcers (or Bedsores)

Decubitus ulcers are of major concern to the sufferers, their caregivers, and the medical community. The scale of the problem is immense. It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people are suffering from bedsores at any one time in Australia alone and almost 70% of sufferers are over 65. It is reported that there are thousands of deaths annually from complications arising from bedsores and the current cost to the Australian Health System to treat these and other associated conditions is estimated in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

Traditional Methods of Prevention

The traditional way to avoid the formation of bedsores is for a family member, caregiver or institutional employee to regularly turn (reposition) and stabilize the patient in a new position to relieve tissue compression and re-establish blood flow. (It is recommended that this be done at a minimum of every two hours). This has to be done around the clock and unfortunately this manual process has a considerable number of drawbacks that include:

  1. The immobilized patient is woken up during the night by the turning process
  2. Caregivers, family members or institutional staff can suffer severe back damage from the effort of lifting
  3. Family members need to be in attendance 24 hours per day and this can lead to severe sleep deprivation and severe emotional stress
  4. In institutional settings the need to frequently turn immobilized patients is costly both financially and in terms of employee time
  5. The patient may be in a home environment where the family members are unable to physically provide the necessary regular turning
  6. If support is not available at home then patients may have to be relocated to a facility leading to a loss of privacy, dignity and the inability to create a life apart from institutional living.

Freedom Bed - Benefits

Benefits for the Bed User

The many features of The Freedom Bed provide a number of key benefits to immobilized bed-users such as:

  •  The automated turning process allows for more frequent turning to address the multi-system pathophysiological events associated with immobility. Also referred to as kinetic therapy, this turning not only provides pressure relief to prevent or treat bedsores but it can also produce, for example, a dramatic reduction in the incidence of respiratory problems and urinary tract and bladder infections
  • Significantly better quality of sleep since the bed-user does not have to be manually turned during the night and is not woken up by the bed turning. This creates better mental clarity, better health and an improved lifestyle, free from dependence on caregivers during the night
  • The opportunity to live in a home setting instead of an institution
  • Pain reduction
  • The bed can still rotate when the torso is in a raised position up to 30°. This can be added to the Reverse Trendelenburg position, if suitable, for a maximum included angle of approximately 42°.  A pillow adds more elevation again. Torso elevation is of significant benefit to people who are tube fed and/or respirator dependent.
  • Prevention or reduction of gastro-esophageal reflux
  • Better respiratory health and clearance of upper respiratory and oral secretions
  • Reduction in spasticity and abnormal tone.
  • Discomfort
  • Improved bowel regularity
  • No dehydration and subsequent electrolyte imbalance since the bed creates no heat

Benefits for Home-Based Caregivers

The physical and mental tasks associated with caring for immobilized persons can place a considerable burden on spouses, parents, etc. The physical requirements of manually turning an immobile person frequently mean that family members become unable, through age and/or infirmity, to provide the required assistance. This results in institutionalization of the family member.

The Freedom BedTM has been designed with the caregiver very much in mind and provides considerable benefits along with the ability to provide a significantly better quality of home-based care.

The Freedom BedTM automatically turns the bed user during the night thus eliminating the need for the caregiver to get up every two hours. Sleep deprivation is considerably reduced and thus caregiver physical and mental fatigue are decreased.

There is a reduced need to manually turn or reposition the user and thus a decreased chance of the caregiver developing neck, shoulder or back injuries
The head-raising and leg-raising system and bed height adjustment assists in positioning the user for personal care and for transfer to and from a wheelchair.

Benefits for Institutions Providing Care to Immobilized Patients

There are many significant benefits that accrue to institutions as a result of investing in the Freedom BedTM. These include:

  • Increased productivity of nurses and facility support staff by reducing the amount of manual patient turning that is required. This allows staff members to use their time more effectively and productively in the care of their patients
  • An effective way to treat and/or avoid pressure ulcers and other complications of immobility
  • A method to protect healthcare personnel from debilitating back, neck and shoulder injuries (caused by moving and/or turning patients) that lead to considerable time off work and the associated costs of sick days, worker's compensation claims, and hiring of replacement staff.
  • Reduced Staff Turnover, reduces costs of recruiting, hiring and training, and of using more expensive staff when CNA’s not available
  • Reduction in legal claims against healthcare facilities for bedsore development.

Cost Benefits to the Health Care Industry

For an industry struggling to get its costs under control the Freedom BedTM offers significant savings by focusing on a strategy of prevention of the problems before they occur. It offers:

  • Substantially reduced direct medical expenditures associated with repeat hospital admissions to treat pressure ulcers and other complications of immobility such as bladder and respiratory infections. It has been found that prevention of bedsores is 2.5 times less expensive than treatment.
  • Support for a de-institutionalizing strategy that allows chronically immobilized patients to be moved from hospitals back to their homes (or to assisted living environments)
  • Avoidance of costly readmissions from bedsores or other systemic complications
  • A method to reduce the length of hospital stay for specific groups of patients. Treating critically ill patients with kinetic therapy has been shown to reduce intensive care stays by up to 24 percent. Increased movement helps reduce risk of infection and complications from pneumonia and other respiratory problems that affect about 20 percent of intensive care patients. 
  • Significantly reduced costs of compensation claims for nursing and support staff injured during repositioning or transferring of immobilized patients. In a study conducted for the Workers Compensation Board it was found that manual lifting, transfer or repositioning of residents (without assistance from mechanical aides) was responsible for 63% of all back, neck and shoulder injuries.
  • Substantially reduced time lost by nursing and support staff from neck, back and shoulder injuries. Reduces the problems of finding replacement staff.
  • Significantly reduced number of staff involved in turning patients (particularly during the night). This will reduce costs and allow staff to focus on providing a significantly higher quality of care.