Stryker: Intro to InTouch Beds
Stryker beds are excellent work benches for caregivers to do their job. If you're looking into purchasing a Stryker InTouch bed, and you're not sure where to start, or what the difference is between a 2141 versus a 2131, never fear. Much like buying a car, house or making any major purchase, all it takes is some research and guidance to make sure you're investing resources into the right tool for your needs.
Differentiating Between Flash and Function:
If you've gotten to the point where you are researching the Stryker InTouch bed, it might be difficult to focus on the "need to have" features when there are so many amazing "nice to have" features being advertised. At its core, the InTouch is an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed, made and designed for optimal patient care and caregiver ease while treating severe and life-threatening conditions. An ICU bed must fulfill the following functions:
- Close and constant monitoring of patient condition
- Ability to accommodate specialist support equipment and medication
- Maneuverability for nurses, doctors and caregivers to move or position patients
1. ELEVATION AND MANEUVERABILITY
The InTouch bed can descend as low as 16 inches, which makes it one of the most competitive models in terms of the ability to raise and lower patients. Why is this important? Being able to adjust the height of the bed is ideal for patients who need to adjust it according to their mobility needs, and for caregivers according to the patient's treatment needs. This is also why the zoom drive is a great feature to invest in. The beds themselves are quite heavy, and with the weight of the patient on top of it, caregivers can use the extra motorized help in maneuvering around.
2. BED EXIT AND SCALE
The bed exit and scale are an essential feature for an ICU bed. The scale monitors the weight on the bed, and the bed exit monitors the patient's entry and exit onto the bed. Why is this important? The InTouch has a patented center of gravity system based on constantly tracking the patient's position, alerting caregivers if it detects that the patient is at risk of falling. It also allows close monitoring of the patient's weight in nearly any position and the chaperone exit system gives caregivers the option of actively monitoring these movements.
3. USING THE RIGHT MATTRESS
The whole point of an ICU bed is to provide intensive patient care, so why use an inferior mattress? The XPRT and PositionPro mattress that are recommended for the Stryker InTouch bed is designed to prevent pressure ulcers. Patients who require extended bed rest are at risk of bed sores and pressure ulcers precisely because they must remain immobile. Using the right mattress can help alleviate some of the problems by mitigating the pressure.
Stryker InTouch beds also come with an impressive iBed smart system, that not only can help caregivers communicate in multiple languages, but also provides sound features to play music and sounds of nature to reduce stress. It is also able to set protocol reminders for caregivers, which are great features to have for a tool they work with every day.
The downside is that there have been some product issues with the braking system, which has more to do with rough or improper usage. Most Stryker beds also come with a traditional 37 pin bed cable, which tend to break easily either because they are disconnected improperly, or because of a single bent pin. This jeopardizes the integrity of the nurse call connectivity with the InTouch bed. Until such time that wireless beds are ubiquitous, the best solution to this problem is our BlackJack Bed Cables.