We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Features of Intensive Care Beds?

By Jeri Sullivan
Updated Feb 11, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Intensive care units are sections of hospitals where the most critically ill or injured patients reside, and intensive care beds are used by those patients. The features of critical care beds include automatic lateral therapy, X-raying, automatic weighing, side rails, and temperature control. Unlike traditional hospital beds, intensive care beds continuously monitor the patient and can be programmed to perform procedures that often are handled by nurses or nursing assistants.

Automatic lateral therapy, or ATL, is a process of moving the patient in the bed by tilting the base of the bed up, down, or side to side. This feature helps reduce the chances the patient will experience respiratory issues from continuously lying flat. The bed can be programmed to move at pre-set intervals which helps cut down on the number of times the patient must be awakened by the nurse to physically move the bed.

X-ray capability is another feature of intensive care beds. Instead of having to lift the critical care patient from the bed and transport him to an X-ray room, ICU beds are equipped with X-ray units in their base. The images are taken by a machine mounted underneath the bed which allows the X-ray technician to position the X-ray film on a movable tray. When the tray is moved to the spot on the patient where the X-ray is needed, the technician simply operates the computer panel on the side of the bed and the image is captured.

Automatic weighing is another feature of intensive care beds designed to keep ICU patients from having to be moved. The bed contains scales in the base that can weigh the person while still lying in bed. This machine is initially programmed with the weight of the bed and mattress so when the patient is weighed, the machine accounts for the extra weight and calculates the actual weight of the patient.

Side rails are a common feature in all hospital beds but specialized rails are available for intensive care beds. Rails in ICU beds are typically taller and extend the full length of the bed on both sides instead of only in the center. This prevents the patient from accidentally rolling or falling out of the bed. The taller side rails are needed during automatic lateral therapy since the bed will be tilted side to side and without taller rails, the patient may slide out of bed.

Similar to automatic weighing, temperature control is an important feature of many intensive care beds. By continuously monitoring the ambient temperature of the room along with the temperature in the bed, the temperature can be regulated. The nursing staff may opt to set the temperature on the bed’s surface to aid in regulating the patient’s temperature. This is especially critical in patient’s suffering from hypothermia, as a slow “warming” is required to reduce injury to the patient’s extremities.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.