Why Should I get my Profiling Bed Serviced?
Profiling beds are crucial pieces of equipment in care environments. Care providers should regularly service and maintain their beds to ensure they are in peak condition and always working. There are several reasons you should get your profiling bed serviced, which we have highlighted below.
1. Adheres to Compliance
Two pieces of legislation govern profiling beds:
Profiling beds are subject to inspection and maintenance as laid out by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the UK Medical Devices Regulations 2002.
Both state that equipment provided for use at work must be “safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected regularly to ensure someone correctly installed it and it does not subsequently deteriorate”.
PUWER classes profile beds as ‘work equipment’, especially in care environments such as care homes, hospitals and hospices because workers use them while at work.
The PUWER Regulations require you to ensure that your equipment is:
- Suitable for use, and for the purpose and conditions in which it is to be used;
- Maintained in a safe condition for use so that the health and safety of others are not at risk; and
- Inspected, in certain circumstances, to ensure that it is and continues to be safe for use.
Learn more about the PUWER Regulations here
See how PUWER is different to the LOLER regulations here
2. Makes you Less Vulnerable to the Risk of Entrapment Incidents From Bed Rails
The health care sector uses bed safety rails extensively to protect vulnerable people from the risk of falling out of bed. However, if not used and maintained correctly, they also come with risks of entrapment, causing serious injury and even death.
The MHRA states in their government guidance that inadequate maintenance has caused some incidents with bed rails. So care facilities should include them in their PPM schedules.
By having your profiling beds serviced regularly, by qualified engineers who have experience and knowledge, you can ensure your profiling bed and bed rail set-up complies with the BS EN Dimensional requirements (BS EN 60601-2-52:2010).
To reduce risks of injury in between service visits, staff must understand how to carry out risk assessments for the safe use of bed rails and training on how to fit them and adjust them correctly.
For more information, check out the Health and Safety Executive article on the Safe Use of Bed Rails.
3. Reduce the Number of Emergency Breakdowns
Care staff commonly use profiling beds in the morning and evening when transferring users in and out of bed. Unfortunately, this is the most common time they break down. Not only will this cause distress for your service user, but it can also put them and your care staff at risk.
Having your profiling beds serviced regularly will keep your equipment in top condition throughout its lifespan and reduce the chances of it breaking down at critical moments of transfer. During a service inspection, engineers can find minor defects ahead of time, before they escalate to bigger problems if left unfixed.
For example, they will check the condition of the cables and wires for the control box and handset to make sure they aren’t likely to fail. This is a common problem for profiling beds because the cables come loose under the bed and mobile hoist legs can snag them. If this compromised the integrity of the cable, then engineers will recommend a replacement. This proactive maintenance will avoid it breaking when in use and avoid the need for a reactive emergency call out.
4. Reduce Costs of Emergency Call Outs
Do you know how much you spend on reactive call outs for profiling beds each year?
Different service and maintenance contracts have varying levels of cover for same-day and out-of-hours call-outs. This is one of the factors that influence how much you spend on emergency call-outs each year.
As mentioned above, your care staff usually use profiling beds in the morning and at night, which is when they are likely to break. Care environments rarely have spare profiling beds to use, so the bed becomes unusable until an engineer can fix it, which means they need an engineer to visit as soon as possible. This can end up costing your care facility a lot of money in emergency call outs.
You can reduce the amount you spend on emergency call-outs by having your profiling beds proactively serviced and maintained by your maintenance provider. This will also reduce equipment downtime.
5. Increase the Lifespan of Profiling Beds
Profiling beds will have different lifespans depending on the manufacturer. However, with all profiling beds, if you proactively service and maintain them, they will last longer.
Typically, a profiling bed will last around 3–5 years depending on the environment that care staff use them in and how they use them. You could increase the lifespan of your profiling bed to 7–10 years if you look after it well. You can do this by having it serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and replacing parts that could deteriorate and break.