Top 5 Reasons to Use Medical Bed Straps

August 29, 2023

medical bed strapsMedical bed straps are commonly used in healthcare settings to keep patients safe, secure, and properly positioned in bed. This can help reduce the risk of injuries, complications, and other adverse events that can occur in hospitals and nursing homes. While there are many reason to use medical bed straps for improved patient care, here are our top five: 

  1. Fall Prevention: Patient falls are all too common in hospitals and nursing homes, and these incidents can take their toll on both the facility and the patient. Falls are especially detrimental for those who are elderly or immobile. Properly secured bed straps keep patients in a stable position, reducing the risk of falls when they try to get out of bed or accidentally roll over. By keeping patients securely in place, fall-management bed straps can help reduce the risk of injuries and complications that can result from falls.
  2. Immobilization and Positioning: Bed straps allow healthcare providers to immobilize and safely position patients. This is crucial for patients who are recovering from surgery, have specific medical conditions, or are at risk of injuring themselves by moving too much. Straps, like the Universal Table Strap or Econo-Strap, help maintain the correct alignment of the patient's body, reducing the likelihood of complications and discomfort.  
  3. Pressure Injury Prevention: Pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are also a significant concern in healthcare settings. Bed straps can help to appropriately position patients to reduce or redistribute pressure on vulnerable areas of the body, such as heels, elbows, and sacral regions. Proper positioning with bed straps can reduce the risk of pressure ulcers developing. AliStrap® Soft is a skin-friendly solution, especially for patients with fragile of sensitive skin. 
  4. Aiding in Medical Procedures: During medical procedures, such as surgery, imaging, or diagnostic tests, patients may require specific positioning or immobilization. Improper positioning and unwanted movement can cause complications or compromise the success of the procedure. Bed straps hold the patient’s body or body part in place, assisting healthcare providers in achieving and maintaining the necessary patient positioning. This helps ensure the procedure is carried out accurately and safely.  
  5. Wandering Prevention: Patients with dementia or other cognitive impairments may try to get out of bed and wander around the hospital or nursing home, putting themselves at risk of injury or getting lost. Bed straps can help prevent these patients from wandering by keeping them securely in their beds.

Using medical bed straps in healthcare settings can significantly improve patient care by enhancing safety, comfort, and overall quality of care. To fully realize these benefits, however, healthcare professionals should be trained in their proper use in compliance with healthcare regulations and guidelines. Additionally, patients' individual needs and mental or physical conditions should be taken into account when using bed straps as part of their care plan. 

It is important to note that medical bed straps, while highly beneficial for patient care, do not provide a complete solution on their own and should always be utilized in a supervised setting adhering to facility protocols. Healthcare professionals should utilize additional tools—such has fall management tools, positioners, and wandering deterrents—to ensure patient safety and comfort.


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