What kind of bed is this?

  1. I happened across a picture of a rather strange hospital bed. It's composed of two parallel hoops with the mattress (I think) in a fixed position between them. I found one picture (from cheesy horror film, sorry): http://mountainsanatorium.net/images...isaburnout.jpg

    Perhaps one of the older and wiser members could enlighten me? I've never seen that kind of setup before and have no idea why it would be used.
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  3. by   Myxel67
    it looks sort of like a stryker bed. something that has been used for burn pts.

    yes--that's what it is--allows for turning--lots of info online





    [color=#003399]stry-ker frame ([font=lucida sans unicode]strī'kər)
    n.
    a frame that allows an individual to be turned in various planes as a single unit without moving parts of the body separately.
    Last edit by Myxel67 on Mar 8, '07 : Reason: add pix
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I thinks its called a circ-o-electric bed - it was used for burn patients a bazillion years ago. Can't find a picture but that is what you posted.
  5. by   prmenrs
    Trauma gets the prize! It's a circ-o-electric bed, used for anyone hard to turn--spinal injuries, etc. Could never figure out what made them use a Circ-o bed vs a Stryker frame. And it seemed like the Circo bed needed more people to turn the pt. It had a control thing to lift the pt up and over--very slowly; Stryker was more like flipping a pancake.

    You could gradually elevated the spinal pts to see how well/long they tolerated being upright w/o d/c'ing their spinal traction. Stryker was either prone or supine. So that was one advantage.
  6. by   TNNurse92
    Here is a picture of one in use... very very old. I believe that they were used predominately for spinal injury patients- for turning and positioning
    http://www.public.asu.edu/~gimpy/The...d_Photo_10.htm
  7. by   gitterbug
    these were very useful at one time. I used them everyday for years. then they went away, but skin breakdown was not as prevelant when we used them.
  8. by   celeste7767
    Sounds like a Circolectric Bed, used primarily in the early 1970's to 1980 for the quadraplegic patients to prevent skin breakdown and to change positions gradually to avert some of the autonomic problems associated with this class of patient. This was preferred over the Stryker frame by many neurosurgeons at the time because the patient was not flipped from supine to prone like a pancake. As with everything else in medicine, newer more comfortable and more efficient beds came along to replace them.
  9. by   prmenrs
    TNN's link shows both beds in use (click on the little pictures). Love the nurses w/caps and dresses!!
  10. by   nurse4theplanet
    There was a similar type of bed that was being used at our Level one Trauma Hospital for ARDs. They said they pt's were proven to have better outcomes if they were rotated upside down (alleviated pressure on the chest wall and allowing maximum expansion for respirations). Anyone heard of this?
  11. by   medicrnohio
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    There was a similar type of bed that was being used at our Level one Trauma Hospital for ARDs. They said they pt's were proven to have better outcomes if they were rotated upside down (alleviated pressure on the chest wall and allowing maximum expansion for respirations). Anyone heard of this?
    Yes some studies have found proning patients with ARDS leads to better outcomes. We use the RotoProne bed for this now. Here is a link to the website. I call it the alien bed.

    http://www.kci1.com/317.asp
  12. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from medicrnohio
    Yes some studies have found proning patients with ARDS leads to better outcomes. We use the RotoProne bed for this now. Here is a link to the website. I call it the alien bed.

    http://www.kci1.com/317.asp
    Ahhhh....yes. That's the name of the bed I was referring to! I couldn't remember what it was called lol. Circo...Roto...my hospital doesn't have one. I knew it didn't look like the one in the pic. Thanks.

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