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The history of the medical beds

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The history of the medical beds

The hospital medical beds are very common in daily treatment process. The invention of the medical beds not only makes the patient more comfortable, but also makes the person who takes care of the patient more convenient. The design of the hospital medical bed seems simple, but also after several changes to today's appearance.


For many patients, the hospital bed is a vital tool that acts as a headquarters for healing. Care providers understand the importance of the hospital medical bed in promoting a high quality of care: it is the most immediate and impactful instrument for serving patient needs. But the hospital beds weren't like this at first. Do you know the history of the medical beds?


Beds with adjustable side rails first appeared in England sometime between 1815 and 1825. This is the prototype of the emergency beds. In 1874 the mattress company Andrew Wuest and Son, Cincinnati, Ohio, registered a patent for a type of mattress frame with a hinged head that could be elevated, a predecessor of the modern day hospital bed. The modern 3-segment adjustable first aid bed was invented by Willis Dew Gatch, chair of the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine, in the early 20th century. This type of emergency bed is sometimes referred to as the Gatch Bed. The modern push-button hospital medical bed was invented in 1945, and it originally included a built-in toilet in hopes of eliminating the bedpan.


Nowadays, the hospital beds have special features both for the comfort and well-being of the patient and for the convenience of health care workers. Common features of the hospital medical beds include adjustable height for the entire medical bed, the head, and the feet, adjustable side rails, and electronic buttons to operate both the bed and other nearby electronic devices.

And hospital medical beds and other similar types of medical beds are used not only in hospitals, but in other health care facilities and settings, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, outpatient clinics, and in home health care.


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