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Local Hospital Testing 'Stand-up' Beds

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Carolinas Specialty Hospital has given bed rest a whole new meaning. They're in the midst of a pilot project that is testing 'stand-up' beds and the effect they have on patients.

Many of the patients at CSH are on ventilators or have breathing problems, and these beds are thought to alleviate some of those problems.

"In terms of lung capacity, breathing function, and cardiac functioning... We were just meant to be upright people, so lying down is really not a great position for patients to be in long term," says CSH's Rehabilitation Manager Janet Combs.

The bed also gives caregivers the ability to gradually increase patients' weight bearing activities which can help patients improve their strength more rapidly.

Mary Pettis underwent surgery in May, and when she was transferred to CSH she was put in one of these Total Lift Beds. The bed allowed her to stand up: something she wouldn't have been able to to do on her own. Being in an upright position for periods of the day also helped alleviate some of her breathing problems.

Pettis did so well on the stand-up bed that she was transferred back to a regular bed and is now on schedule to leave the hospital and go home sooner than expected.

The project will finish in July, and the hospital hopes to have results by early Fall.

Combs says it's hard to tell right now what exactly being in these beds will do for patients, but for Pettis is was clearly beneficial.

 

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