Knoxville Hospital & Clinics understands that the patient’s comfort is one of those most important satisfaction factors during their hospital stay. KHC recently purchased ten new Styker Secure II patient beds for the Medical/Surgical department … five of the ten beds were purchased with funds from the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation.

Secure II is a full-featured Med/Surg. bed that helps provide a patient surface that not only meets patient’s needs, but also the needs of the staff that care for them. Features of the bed such as – a retractable bed frame to help keep patients close to their belongs and intermediate siderail positions which effortlessly adjusts from full lower position for complete access, full upper position for patient security and intermediate positioning to assist with patient entry and exit – help deliver convenience, flexibility, and an unmatched level of safety for both patients and staff.
Patient falls are among the top concerns of hospitals today. The bed exit system on the new patient bed will accurately sense body positioning by constantly tracking the patient’s center of gravity. By basing its alert system on the patient’s weight distribution, the bed exit system is an effective, reliable tool to help prevent patient falls and reduce false alarms.

Another feature of the Stryker Secure II bed is the in-bed scale system that increases efficiencies by taking accurate repeatable weight readings with the patient in any position – without having to be removed from the bed.

In addition to the structure and features of the new bed, the mattresses on the beds are top of the line. The Isoflex mattress is used to reduce or relieve pressure that the weight of a patient’s body exerts on the skin as it presses against the surface of the bed. This type of mattress also helps prevent and treat skin ulcers caused by pressure. The Isoflex mattress is the only mattress with an anti-viral antimicrobial cover which helps prevent nosocomial infections.

The sloped heel section of the mattresses also reduces the risk of heel breakdown in patients. Heels are the second most common site for pressure ulcers in patients, second only to the sacrum. The sloped heel section significantly reduces the risk of heel breakdown for patients by sloping down to decrease load on the heels.

“In my rounding with the patients, many of them have commented how nice and comfortable the new beds are,” said Gloria Reed, Director of Nursing at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. “Patient comfort is very important to a patient during their hospital stay and I am happy that we are able to impact their stay in a positive way.”

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.