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