Several trips to hospitals and observing patients with tablets leaning on their laps and stomach inspired us to write this article about tablet mounts for hospital beds. A tablet with internet connection is important for someone who is spending an ample amount of time away from home. Downtime in a hospital is long and boring. Not only does a tablet help patients stay connected and see what’s going on in the world, it gives them a sense of control. Tablets give patients access to entertainment, meals, assistance, education, music, pain management, and communication. The multi-faceted functionality of tablets makes them one of the most useful tools a hospital could implement.
The problem is a tablet can be heavy and awkward to hold.
Not only did this predicament inspire us to write this article, it inspired us to create a solution to what we are about to talk about. But, more on that later. First, let's take a look at where tablets go during a hospital visit.
If you do a quick online search for tablets in a hospital, you will find patients holding the tablets, which is unrealistic. They quickly grow heavy and can be hard to hold for an extended amount of time -- especially if the patient is in recovery. If the tablet is being used to watch a movie, holding it for over two hours is impossible.
Some tablet mounts for hospitals use a wall arm. In our experiences, tablet mounts that attach to the wall end up clotheslining nurses. Not only that, but they require ample installation time. And, with a mount up to 7 feet long, it can be tough to articulate it into a tight spot -- such as a hospital room. Further, wall mounts are a large artifact that get in the way of the headwall and bead access.
Other tablet mounts use a rolling stand floor base. Tablet mounts with a floor base leave large footprints in cramped hospital rooms. And, a majority of the time, rolling stands come with a large eating tray. This results in nurses having to lower an entire table out of the way for patient care, which isn’t ideal in an emergency. Further, patients can’t adjust tablet proximity of a floor tablet mount.
Similar to a rolling stand, an overbed table is a large artifact in a small room. It is beneficial for meals but not ideal for long periods of time. If a nurse needs to access a patient in an emergency, an overbed table gets in the way. Overall, it is useful for certain activities but creates a barrier between patient and caregiver.
With all of that in mind, some important qualities of a good tablet mount are; they need to be accessible to patients, they need to protect the tablet from damage and theft, and they need to be convenient for nurses. That’s when we thought of the best place to put a tablet -- on the bed rail.
HatchMed’s Talon Tablet Mount puts tablets in the most convenient place for both patients and nurses -- on the bed rail. With Talon, tablets are in reach of patients and can be easily lowered with the bed rail. It is durable, cleanable, lockable, and easy to use. Further, it is universally compatible for any tablet. This allows patients to bring their own device. You can learn more about Talon here.
What is your opinion of what to do with tablets in hospitals? Can you think of anywhere else you would put them?