Electric beds reduce hospital risk

Patients can get comfy with the first of 261 new hospital beds at Horowhenua Health Centre.

The 10 electric beds will increase staff and patient safety by reducing the risk of falls, with a lower mattress-to-floor height.

STAR 4 charge nurse Diane Hague said the new beds were an acknowledgement of the quality care provided by MidCentral Health. "The arrival of the beds . . . means [we are] providing the best care on the best equipment. It can't get any better than that."

MidCentral Health has committed to $1.2 million of bed upgrades over three years to replace outdated equipment that is past its 10-year lifespan.

Replacement of beds at Palmerston North Hospital is expected to begin in August.

Patient safety and clinical effectiveness director Muriel Hancock said this year the new beds would replace the hospital's 261 general use beds, purchased between 2000 and 2006. The hospital's current ECO model will soon be redundant, with 113 beds already beyond their 10-year lifespan.

Manawatu Standard