Emergency Stretcher Beds explained – and what to look for

An emergency stretcher bed is a critical care bed specifically designed for use in emergency medical services, such as ambulances and hospital emergency departments. The main purpose of an emergency stretcher bed (also known as a gurney, trolley, stretcher or cart) is to provide a safe and secure platform for transporting injured or ill patients from one location to another.

What we look for in a stretcher bed is a bed that can perform in extremely demanding situations. Patient stabilisation is crucial along with the healthcare workers’ safety, these beds have been designed with these core functionalities in mind. The Sprint 200 is a fully adjustable bed, with newly enhanced features launched internationally in late 2022. We have sourced for the Sprint 200 for New Zealand healthcare industry based on the following reasons, based on what you should look for in an emergency stretcher:

  1. Durability: The Sprint 200 is built to withstand the rigors of transport, with a sturdy and durable construction that can withstand heavy use.
  2. Comfort: The bed is designed with patient comfort in mind, featuring a comfortable mattress and a smooth, easy-to-clean surface.
  3. Versatility: The bed can be adjusted to different positions, including a flat position for patient transport, a seated position for patient care, and a Trendelenburg position for medical procedures.
  4. Safety: The bed is equipped with safety features, such as a secure restraint system, to ensure that patients are secure and stable during transport.
  5. Ease of use: The bed is designed with the user in mind, featuring intuitive controls and a lightweight construction that makes it easy to maneuver and transport.

Please read further to learn more about what to look for and what you can expect from an emergency stretcher bed.

What to look for in an emergency stretcher bed?

Emergency stretcher beds need to be built to last, not just with a high safe working load, but beds should be thoroughly tested to meet the requirements of hospital operations efficiency. Replacing beds at regular intervals is costly, and the Sprint 200 is designed to go the distance.

They also need to have ergonomic braking that can occur immediately, as beds move quickly they can pick up momentum. It is important that healthcare teams feel in control, and they can with the EasyBrake system on the Sprint 200 bed.

What are the dangers of injuries from a stretcher bed?

Traditionally, stretcher beds have required manual operation, causing unnecessary injuries to healthcare workers. The most common injuries from using a stretcher bed are musculoskeletal injuries affecting healthcare teams, presenting most often as back pain from pushing heavy loads. The Sprint 200 has an optional motorised castor function, called i-Drive Power®, with a simple push of a button the bed can reduce 77% of the force required to push a bed. New technology senses when the hand is removed from the button and the bed will stop quickly to ensure patient safety. The extendable IV poles act as push poles, making it easy to push from any height – this avoids the healthcare worker from being bent over for pushing.

LINET has put together a Best Practice Guide for Patient Transfer.

Should I consider patient transfers?

Patient transfers are a key feature of any emergency bed, ensuring a patient is moved safely within the hospital environment. Simplifying the workload for caregivers is crucial, and every piece of equipment we offer provides support intended to reduce workplace strain. The Sprint 200 helps caregivers with daily procedures like weighing – with integrated weight scales it enables clinicians to instantly determine their patient’s weight without moving or touching the patient. With a number of mattress options including pressure care mattress, this bed support essential patient outcomes.

The Zerogap side raids with a SoftDrop function are made from a highly durable plastic and studies have proven is superior to other materials. This new safe siderail feature enhances the entire lateral transfer process by quickly dropping away without any injury caused by heavy steel side rails. The Sprint 200 is idea lfor moving patients in emergency situations, and lowers to a safe height for easy patient mobilisation.

In Summary

Overall, the LINET Sprint 200 bed is considered superior due to its unique features that make it a highly effective and reliable solution for emergency medical services and hospital emergency departments.

For the latest technology and for a bed that provides a reliable option that goes the distance, the Sprint 200 is your answer. The Sprint 200 replaces the Sprint 100 bed, and if you saw the Sprint 100 you will need to see the Sprint 200, as it has so many more features that are designed to impress.