Clinitron bed in burns.


Hello. I hope that you are all doing well. I have a question. I would like to know your experience with with the Clinitron bed in the management of burns. Especially electric burns. Using this bed vs a full Critical Care bed with Percussion And Vibration and Continuous Lateral Rotation Therapy as well as the other functions what do you think about using this bed for burn care? Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!


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Try asking the learned but often erratic Dr. Google:

clinitron bed burn patient

You'll get some useful search results. This article address a concern I had—that all that air flow could bring an infection with it:

Sterilizing a Clinitron Air-Fluidized Bed With Colistine Pow... : Journal of Burn Care & Research


There is also this:

"In this paper we discuss the relative merits of the Clinitron Flotation bed and the Mediscus Low Air Loss Bed in the nursing of Burns. Both beds are excellent in preventing Pressure Sores. The particular advantage of the Clinitron is its drying effect on wet burns. This makes it invaluable in a Unit treating burns by exposure, particularly when both anterior and posterior surfaces are burned. Its greatest disadvantage is in maintaining the patient in any position other than horizontal. The Mediscus Bed has no drying effect but comes into its own when the patients are dry or dressed. The tilt mechanism allows easy positioning by the patient or the nurse."

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Have you tried one? They are amazing. I cared for a teen boy whose back surgery was so extensive, he needed one. The company representative tossed a desk telephone, sharp angles and all, into the bed and had us lie on the combination. Very comfortable even lying directly on the phone. It handles pressure points marvelously. It's hard to describe how it feels. It molds to your body like a water bed but with no irritating rolling motion. You move and it simply adjusts to keep you floating with even pressure everywhere. The warm, dry air blowing up feels quite good. I'd love to have one for myself.

Two advantages I recall.

1. Stop the air flow, and the beads lock in place around the patient, preventing most movement. Great for procedures where you need the patient to stay in one position. Otherwise, your pressure would cause them to sink down. Remember, they are floating on beads blown up by an air flow. That's what makes the pressure so even.

2. Body wastes saturate the beads. They sink to the bottom of the bed and are easily removed.

--Mike Perry