Multiple Sclerorosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and often disabling autoimmune neurological disease that affects the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. In MS, the immune system mistakenly attacks the protective covering of nerve fibres (myelin), causing inflammation, demyelination, and the formation of scar tissue (sclerosis). This damage disrupts the normal flow of electrical impulses along the nerves, leading to a wide range of symptoms and physical disabilities.

The symptoms of MS can vary widely from person to person and may include fatigue, weakness, difficulty walking, muscle spasms, numbness or tingling, problems with coordination, vision disturbances, and cognitive changes. The course of MS is unpredictable, with periods of relapse (exacerbations) followed by remission. As the disease progresses, individuals with MS may experience increasing disability, impacting their mobility and overall quality of life.

Centrobed’s Bed Functions for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS):

Patients with Multiple Sclerosis have unique healthcare needs due to the variable nature of the condition and the potential for a wide range of symptoms. The choice of bed functions for these patients should prioritize their comfort, safety, and support for managing symptoms related to mobility, muscle weakness, and fatigue. Here are some bed functions and considerations that may be beneficial for patients with MS:

  1. Adjustable Bed Height: An adjustable bed height allows patients to get in and out of bed more easily, making transfers and daily activities more manageable, especially during periods of muscle weakness or fatigue. We offer a multitude of beds with adjustable heights to ensure you are able to get the product best suited for you.
  2. Full Profiling Options: Full profiling capabilities, including adjustable head and foot sections, provide flexibility for patients with MS to find comfortable positions for resting, reading, or engaging in activities. The Arctic Turning Bed is a prime example of a bed which has optimal profiling options.
  3. Tilt-in-Space Functionality: Tilt-in-space features allow the entire bed frame to both horizontally and vertically. This function can be beneficial for:
    • Pressure Sore Prevention: Regularly changing the patient’s position can help prevent pressure sores, which may be a concern for individuals with limited mobility.
    • Respiratory Support: Tilted positioning can assist with lung function and breathing for patients with MS who may have respiratory muscle weakness.
  4. Central Locking System: A central locking system for the bed’s wheels ensures stability during care activities and minimizes the risk of unintended bed movement, which can be disruptive and unsafe for patients with MS. All of our beds will have 4 – 8 wheels along its base, dependent on size, which each have their own braking system and an extremely high weight capacity.
  5. Pressure-Relief Mattress: A pressure-relief mattress helps distribute body weight evenly, reducing the risk of pressure sores, which can be a concern for individuals with limited mobility due to MS.
  6. Customizable Settings: Beds with customizable settings or memory presets make it easier for patients with MS to adjust the bed to their preferred positions for various activities.
  7. Battery Backup: In case of power outages, battery backup ensures that essential bed functions remain operational, maintaining patient comfort and safety.
  8. Assistive Technology Integration: Integration with assistive technology, such as patient lifts or communication devices, can help patients with MS move safely and comfortably in and out of bed and communicate effectively. Back in July 2023 Centrobed was at the Disability Expo at the London ExCel centre – we partnered with multiple companies which were able to integrate their products with our beds to assist in activities such as gaming.

It’s essential to involve healthcare professionals, including physical and occupational therapists, in assessing the patient’s specific needs and recommending the most suitable bed and equipment to enhance their comfort, safety, and quality of life, taking into account the individual variability of MS symptoms and progression. Please feel free to contact us here for any further enquiries.