Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a traumatic injury to the spinal cord that can result in a range of motor, sensory, and autonomic dysfunctions. These injuries typically occur due to accidents, falls, sports-related incidents, or medical conditions. The severity of the SCI depends on the level of the injury along the spinal cord.

Complete injuries involve a total loss of sensation and voluntary muscle control below the level of the injury, whereas incomplete injuries allow for varying degrees of sensation and muscle control preservation. Individuals with SCIs may face challenges related to mobility, independence, and quality of life, and they often require specialised medical care and assistive devices to support their needs.

Centrobed’s Bed Functions for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI):

Patients with spinal cord injuries often have specific healthcare needs due to their mobility challenges and potential issues with pressure sores and respiratory function. The choice of bed functions for these patients should prioritize their comfort, safety, and support for managing symptoms related to mobility and overall well-being. Here are some bed functions and considerations that may be beneficial for patients with SCI:

  1. Adjustable Bed Height: For someone with a spinal cord injury, mobility can be a massive problem – an adjustable bed height allows patients to get in and out of bed more easily and facilitates transfers, making daily activities more manageable.
  2. Full Profiling Options: Full profiling capabilities, including adjustable head and foot sections, provide flexibility for patients with SCI to find comfortable positions for resting, reading, or engaging in activities. Individuals with SCI may only leave their beds occasionally, which is why we aim to provide the most comfortable experience for our customers. The Jupiter Profiling Bed is a 4 section bed which can provide the most tailored position to offer the best comfort possible.
  3. Tilt-in-Space Functionality: Tilt-in-space features allow the bed frame to tilt horizontally and vertically. This function can be beneficial for:
    • Pressure Sore Prevention: Regularly changing the patient’s position can help prevent pressure sores, which can be a concern for individuals with limited mobility. At Centrobed we have an automatic turning box which will reduce the burden on carers as well as increase comfort and decrease the chance of pressure sores flaring up
    • Respiratory Support: Tilted positioning can assist with lung function and breathing for patients with SCI who may have respiratory challenges such as acute respiratory distress syndrome. Studies have shown that there was an improvement in respiratory mechanics following a 15° to 20° reverse Trendelenburg.
  4. 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. Not only does Centrobed offer a range of mattresses which are visible here, we also offer a bed which aims to reduce pressure – to learn more about our Arctic Turning Bed, click here.
  5. Patient Positioning Aids: Built-in positioning aids, such as trapeze bars or handles, can assist patients with mobility and repositioning, promoting independence and comfort. At Centrobed we offer a multitude of positioning aids – such as our pillow lifters which are attachable to the vast majority of standard beds and offer a more affordable solution to your comfort.

It’s crucial to involve healthcare professionals, including spinal cord injury specialists, 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 while living with a spinal cord injury. Please get in contact with our sales team here for more information.