Safe beds for patients

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    Has anyone had any experience with these kinds of bed enclosures? I think they look goofy as heck, but do we find that they are effective?

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    I have used them in peds. They really only work for people who have nothing much attached to them. Dealing w iv tubing, feed tubing, monitor cables is a big hassle for staff and I almost need a sitter in the room anyway to keep them tangle free. For people who are all over the bed and a free from cables, etc they are great.
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    I've never seen them. It reminds me of our Ribiviron tents. An adult playpen of sorts?
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    I have used them in peds often. We call them vail beds. I agree that if they have iv tubing or wires for monitors it can be a hassle but they work very well.
    They protect the patient from falling out of bed but give them the freedom of moving around in bed. At the hospital where I work they are considered a restraint however.
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    I've only seen this used once, but it was years ago. The adult patient was involved in a mva. Suffered brain/neurologic injuries. All I remember was the patient did have freedom to move around within it without falling out of the bed.
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    I've seen them many times in peds. For the most part the patients in them were developmentally delayed older children, often children who used these kinds of beds at home.
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    Looks sorta like a Posey bed. Used one once for a patient who had a degenerative neurological disease. Kept them and us safe, but was a pain to clean.
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    Can you put some colored plastic balls in there?
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    I've used them in neuro pts- called a veil bed- awesome for those without tubes and lines who just won't stay in bed.
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    We use them on our rehab unit for brain damaged patients. My only complaint is that once you unzip you have to find a place to to put the unzipped side. I usually just toss it over the top but wish they had a hook or something so I was certain it would stay put while I am providing care.

    I am usually just there with the patient for a short while to provide IV care but I imagine that as a secondary benefit it is is huge stress reducer and time saver for the nurse The patient literally cannot climb out of bed and fall or escape.