Thursday, January 05, 2006

Hospital Bed Safety

What should I know about using electrical outlets and extension cords for my hospital bed? Refer to the list below for tips on safely using electrical outlets, power cords, and extension cords for your hospital bed:
  • Check the bed's power cord for damage. It may be crushed, pinched, sheared, cut, or worn through. Avoid placing or rolling the bed over the power cord.
  • Do not allow clothing, sheets, blankets, books, or anything else to be in contact with a wall outlet. This is a fire hazard.
  • Do not place a rug over the power cord of the bed. Carpets and rugs may cause the cord to heat up, which is another fire hazard.
  • Do not place the cord in a location where people walk, as this may cause falls and damage the power cord.
  • Plug the power cord directly into an outlet on the wall. The plug, or prongs, should fit tightly into the outlet. The plug, outlet and wall plate should not be chipped or cracked. If there are any defects, have a professional check the outlet to see if it is working correctly.
  • When adjusting the head, foot, or any part of the bed, be sure the hospital bed is able to move freely. The hospital bed should extend to its full length, and adjust to any position. Bed movement should not affect the bed's power cord, plug, or outlet. As well, bed movement should not pinch or damage these cords. Hand control and power cords should not be threaded through moving parts of the bed. Watch the hand control cables and the power cord as you are adjusting the bed.

Hope that helps.

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