Neurological Deficit

A neurological deficit refers to a functional impairment or abnormality in the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Neurological deficits can manifest in various forms and may result from a wide range of underlying causes, including neurological disorders, traumatic injuries, strokes, infections, or tumors. These deficits can affect a person’s ability to move, think, speak, and perform daily activities.

Neurological deficits can vary widely in severity and presentation. Some common examples include weakness or paralysis of limbs, sensory changes (such as numbness or tingling), cognitive impairments, speech difficulties, and coordination problems. The specific symptoms and their impact on an individual’s life depend on the underlying cause and location of the neurological deficit.

The management of neurological deficits typically involves a multidisciplinary approach, including medical interventions, physical and occupational therapy, assistive devices, and supportive care to optimise the patient’s functioning and quality of life.

Centrobed’s Bed Functions for Patients with Neurological Deficit:

Patients with neurological deficits have diverse healthcare needs depending on the nature and severity of their condition. The choice of bed functions for these patients should prioritize their comfort, safety, and support for managing symptoms related to mobility, sensory changes, and overall well-being. Here are some bed functions and considerations that may be beneficial for patients with neurological deficits:

  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. It accommodates individuals with mobility challenges, whether they use wheelchairs or require assistance. Neurological Deficit affects every age group, we look to offer extremely customised beds to both young and old customers. For example our paediatric Quoddy bed offers extreme customisation as well as extreme comfort – this bed has the ability to grow with the young person as we offer 2 further extensions which increase the length of the bed, reducing the cost for any new equipment as well as customised headboards and side railings.
  2. Full Profiling Options: Full profiling capabilities, including adjustable head and foot sections, provide flexibility for patients with neurological deficits to find comfortable positions for resting, reading, or engaging in activities. Just as with the High/Low functions we offer this with a large number of our beds – the Arctic Bed is one of our best products for patients with any condition due to its diverse features.
  3. Pressure Sore Prevention: Regularly changing the patient’s position can help prevent pressure sores, which may be a concern for individuals with limited mobility. Pressure sores can cause extreme discomfort especially among those who have little to no mobility. Using a bed which tilts both horizontally and vertically can massively assist in the reduction of such sores.
  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 neurological deficits.
  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 or sensory changes. We have a range of mattresses available to purchase.
  6. Patient Positioning Aids: Built-in positioning aids, such as trapeze bars or handles, can assist patients with mobility and repositioning, promoting independence and comfort.
  7. Battery Backup: In case of power outages, battery backup ensures that essential bed functions remain operational, maintaining patient comfort and safety. All of our turning beds offer a battery back-up which has a 24 hour running time to ensure that no patient is stuck in an uncomfortable and possibly painful position.

It’s essential to involve healthcare professionals, including neurologists, physical and occupational therapists, and caregivers, in assessing the patient’s specific needs and recommending the most suitable bed and equipment to enhance their comfort, safety, and quality of life, considering the individual nature of their neurological deficit and its impact on daily living.