Discover Germany, Issue 44, November 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | MEDICA & COMPAMED 2016

it can optionally be fitted with colourful fabric Softcovers to make it look less like a normal care bed. This design feature creates a more homelike atmosphere in the resident’s room and leads to an improved sense of well-being.

To give a few examples: Puro for instance is “more than just a bed” for hospitals. It combines usefulness with innovative technology. The hospital bed not only has an appealing design, but also many technical and functional details. Soft lowering MultiFlex+ safety sides can be used as a mobilisation support, the handset is easy to operate and the flat design with its concealed cables allows easy cleaning. The bed supports care staff during their work because the headboard and footboard are both easy to remove to allow quick access to patients. For care staff and residents in nursing or retirement homes, the Venta bed is the ideal support. While providing functional support

Considering that not only are people are getting older but that we live in an ageing society, technology like Stiegelmeyer’s will become even more important, for example to relieve nursing staff and family members caring for older relatives. One example here is the Vertica bed, which has a slightly different approach than the abovementioned Stiegelmeyer products. It is not only a bed but has features that allow the movement patients safely into an upright sitting and standing position following natural human movements in the process. This makes life for care staff and patients far easier. When patients have to be mobilised after being bedridden for some time, they need a lot of support. Something that is difficult to handle for patients and nurses supporting them, normally putting

a lot of strain on both their bodies. Vertica provides a safe alternative. “Nursing staff is exposed to a lot of work pressure and heavy loads on a daily basis. Our beds support them in the best way possible,” says Georgios Kampisiulis Kemmler. In this case the bed helps to mobilise people and creates a good balance between mobility and safety. Another important factor is the digitalisation. Stiegelmeyer’s affiliate company Burmeier for example has developed the CCS – the Care Communication System for care at home. A communication module installed directly at the bed and connected via smartphone app allows older or ill people to get in touch with people responsible for their care very easily. If necessary, the system also signals if a person leaves the bed. This new system creates greater security, especially when people are cared for at home when family members or nurses cannot and need not be around 24/7.

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