Interlude bed

Innova Care partners to launch bariatric care advancement

Yorkshire-based Innova Care Concepts has partnered with Canadian manufacturer, Rotec International, to bring to the UK hospital and care sectors the only bariatric bed on the market with a load capacity of 500kg and up to 21cm (8 inches) from the ground, reducing the risk of falls while making it easier for special needs patients to enter and exit the bed, improving their autonomy.

This new bariatric bed is equipped with an integrated scale and a bed exit detection system and is to the delight of nurses and users who will benefit from the unique advantages of our ultra-low profile bariatric bed.

If we look to the Lancet report, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, you can see that poor diet is one of the main global factors driving 1 in 5 deaths (11 million) in 2017.

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Bringing this closer to home, Britain is now the most obese nation in Europe. So many of the lifestyle-driven health problems we see today are still increasing at alarming levels. More than a third of adults in the UK will be obese by 2025, according to new analysis.

Around 27% of UK adults were defined as obese in 2014 but estimates from the World Obesity Federation (WOF) have predicted that this will rise to 34% by 2025. Meaning the need for bariatric healthcare equipment will be even more in demand than ever before. Recent years have proved that one-size-fits-all solutions are no good when public health challenges vary from one individual to the next.

So, with that in mind the new Interlude 500 outperforms all current bariatric beds on the market to ensure the widest possible range is on offer, adapting to individual patient needs as well as matching the weight capabilities of overhead hoist systems to aid with moving and handling.

Caring for bariatric patients is very much a growing necessary challenge for today’s healthcare providers.

This is especially so in the hospital environment, where the increasing population of larger patients places considerable pressure on available resources and often requires the help of additional staff to ensure care tasks are completed but without appropriate equipment. This can place caregivers and patients at increased risk of injury as well as impact in recovery.

These challenges can be addressed by providing caregivers with the right bariatric equipment like the Interlude 500 with its easily expandable options to accommodate different mattresses, emergency battery backup, quick connect components to ensure optimum efficiency on busy wards, remote control with built in nurse call, and an antimicrobial easy to clean powder coated steel structure.

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Richard Harris, Sales Director at Rotec International, said: “When caring for patients of size in an acute care setting, one of the greatest challenges is to ensure that the patient is treated like any other patient – with the dignity and respect they deserve, giving patients a greater sense of self-sufficiency.

“The Interlude 500 offers caregivers the ability to maintain dignity for patients of size, by providing a care setting with a bed designed to resemble a standard hospital bed.  Variable range of widths and lengths to provide flexibility to accommodate an extensive range of patients sizes.”

Joe Hulbert, Sales Director at Innova Care Concepts, added: “We are always looking for the latest innovations in healthcare. Currently, in hospitals and care settings the demand for bariatric equipment is ever increasing with more and more pressure placed on care givers to support a wider range of bariatric patients.

“We are very pleased to begin our partnership with Rotec International.

“The Interlude 500 is an advancement in bariatric care, with its industry-leading features like extra low patient positioning, which can significantly reduce the risk of injuries in case of falling out of the bed and compatibility with a 500kg overhead hoist lift.”

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