CHG was a Canadian based company that was acquired by Stryker Medical in 2015. The CHG Spirit Select is the lowest acute care hospital bed on the market, with the ability to lower its height down to a mere 10 inches. This is one of its most important features for the very simple fact that patient falls are a major source of stress for hospitals. The Joint Commission established several National Patient Safety Goals, and among them are preventing patient injury through falls. To that end, low beds in general have been touted as a tool that helps meet that goal over time.
Like most hospital beds, the CHG Spirit Select is well constructed and built to last. It is equipped with most of the standard features that come with most other beds, from bed exit alarms, weight monitoring, to power steering and patient transfers. It's simply that in addition to the standard features, the low bed also lowers down to 10 inches from the ground.
Why does this matter? These are a few reasons:
1. THE CHG LOW BED IS A MULTI-PURPOSE, FLEXIBLE BED
Just because the bed lowers down to 10 inches from the ground, does not mean that it must be used in its lowest setting all 0f the time. This feature is meant to provide more patient and caregiver flexibility. The CHG Low Bed can be used like any other hospital bed, at the same height as any other hospital bed. It simply offers a greater range of options in its ability to control height.
2. LOW BEDS ARE IDEAL FOR ELDERLY PATIENTS AND MEDICATED PATIENTS
Medicated patients might react to their medication with dizziness and disorientation, which make them a greater danger for falling out of bed. Similarly, they might be confused and unaware of their surroundings in their medicated state. Elderly patients also experience similar risks because some experience mobility problems and cognitive disorders. Low beds reduce the risk of injury in these cases, and they also allow more autonomy for patients to get into and out of bed safely.
3. PATIENT FALLS ARE HARMFUL AND EXPENSIVE
The average cost of care for a patient fall injury is around $24,962, which is a cost absorbed by the hospital, not Medicaid or Medicare. Inpatient falls are now entirely the responsibility of a hospital, and the cost can add up over time. While accidents happen, there are ways to mitigate the opportunities for them to occur. Some hospitals have reported a 9% decrease in falls within 5 months of introducing low beds.