Leading pressure management solution innovator, Span-America Medical Systems Inc. has announced the introduction of the multi-featured Encore bed, a leading-edge bed design which is expected to make a significant contribution to caregiver ergonomics and resident safety in the long-term care sector. This development comes less than two years after Span-America’s acquisition of bed and furniture supplier, MC Healthcare Products in Beamsville, Ontario Canada.
The many years of bed engineering skill, research and clinical feedback represented in the current Span MC bed line-up – known as the Q-Series – have been taken to the next level in the design of the Encore. The company’s new, innovative technology addresses several key challenges in long-term care. Among the most welcome Encore features is GlideAlign which, during the head-of-bed elevation cycle, helps keep the resident safely in alignment with the bed environment. Similarly, by reducing sliding and repositioning, GlideAlign provides protection from shearing at the vulnerable sacrum, scapula, and heels. The Encore seat deck moves, so the resident doesn’t have to.
An in-depth understanding of the needs of this sector is evident in the Encore’s ReadyWide integrated expansion. Complementing the bed’s ability to extend to 84", ReadyWide allows effortless “two-click” expansion of the sleep surface to widths of 39" or 42". This simple, boltless and tool-less expansion feature supports the Encore’s safe working load (SWL) of 600 lb. With similar ease, the bed’s sleep surface can be narrowed when needed for passage through doorways.
Another key feature that improves low-bed safety and ergonomics is Smart Stop which automatically stops bed lowering when the deck reaches 12.5" from the floor – an ideal height for bed ingress and egress as well as safer, more ergonomically correct transfers.
To facilitate the launch, Span-America has provided an interactive, 3D portal site, where a virtual Encore bed can be operated in 3D and key features viewed in video clips. The company also features an interactive bed configurator portal, which enables selection of bed models and options for all beds in the Span MC product line-up.
Source: Span-America Medical Systems Inc.