Spinal Bifida


Spina Bifida is a congenital neural tube defect that occurs during early fetal development. It is characterized by the incomplete closure of the spinal column, which can lead to varying degrees of spinal cord and nerve damage. Spina Bifida can affect individuals in different ways, and the severity of the condition can range from mild to severe.

There are three main types of Spina Bifida:

  1. Myelomeningocele (or open Spina Bifida): This is the most severe form, where a portion of the spinal cord and its covering membranes protrude through an opening in the baby’s back. It often leads to significant neurological and mobility impairments.
  2. Meningocele: In this form, the spinal cord remains undamaged, but the protective membranes around it (meninges) protrude through an opening in the spine. It is generally less severe than myelomeningocele but can still lead to various complications.
  3. Spina Bifida Occulta: This is the mildest form and may go unnoticed as it often presents with no visible external signs. It occurs when one or more vertebrae are malformed but do not cause any apparent damage to the spinal cord.

Individuals with Spina Bifida may experience physical and neurological challenges, which can affect mobility and daily living. The management of Spina Bifida typically involves surgical interventions, physical therapy, and assistive devices to support individuals in their daily activities.

Centrobed’s Bed Functions for Patients with Spina Bifida:

Patients with Spina Bifida have specific healthcare needs due to their spinal and neurological challenges. The choice of bed functions for these patients should prioritize their comfort, safety, and support for managing symptoms related to mobility and physical well-being. Here are some bed functions and considerations that may be beneficial for patients with Spina Bifida:

  1. Adjustable Bed Height: A bed which has an adjustable bed height allows patients to get in and out of bed more easily, making transfers and daily activities more manageable for both the individual and carer. It will greatly reduce the strain of lifting the individual in/out of bed multiple times a day.
  2. Full Profiling Options: Full profiling capabilities, including adjustable head and foot sections, provide flexibility for patients with Spina Bifida to find comfortable positions for resting, reading, or engaging in activities. We at Centrobed have dozens of beds with profiling features, our 4 section profiling bed; The Jupiter Profiling Bed is optimal in helping our customers find the optimal resting position.
  3. Low Bed Height: A lower bed height minimizes the risk of falls and makes it easier for individuals with Spina Bifida to get in and out of bed safely. Our Fundy Low Start Bed was designed solely with safety in mind, starting just inches from the floor and having the ability to raise itself to waist height – this bed is perfect for someone with such a condition.
  4. Pressure-Relief Mattress: A pressure-relief mattress helps distribute body weight evenly, reducing the risk of pressure sores, which may be a concern for individuals with limited mobility. Here at Centrobed we offer a range of mattresses which can cater to a multitude of needs – not only do we offer pressure relieving mattresses but some of our beds come with pressure relieving features, click here to find out more.
  5. Battery Backup: In case of power outages, battery backup ensures that essential bed functions remain operational, maintaining patient comfort and safety. Our typical beds do not offer a battery powered backup – however our turning beds all come with a 24 hour battery installed which is used if there are any electrical faults with the bed or the area. Click here to find out more about our turning beds
  6. Assistive Technology Integration: Integration with assistive technology, such as patient lifts or communication devices, can help patients with Spina Bifida move safely and comfortably in and out of bed and communicate effectively. Our beds are easily accessible to third-party equipment and we will assist you in any way we can!

It’s essential to involve healthcare professionals, including paediatric neurosurgeons, physical therapists, 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 while living with Spina Bifida. For more information please speak to a member of our team here, we’re here to help.