Medescon, which has helped hospitals with their bed storage issues since 2015, was awarded the ‘Best Furniture & Fixtures Product 2022’ award at December’s Building Better Healthcare Awards 2022.
Rachael Pickering, Medescon’s head of Operations, said: “I hoped my entry would grab the judges’ attention, as I know just how valuable the bed lift solution is. There is no other product that can save floor space and protect hospital beds and staff like the Vidir Bedlift Stacker. It was a proud moment to go and collect the award.”
Medescon is the exclusive UK distributor for Vidir Inc, a global manufacturer of automated storage solutions. The Vidir vertical stacking solution was originally designed to store all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. Vidir recognised issues that hospital engineers face daily: particularly the need to ensure that hospital corridors are clutter-free, and to be able to store hospital beds in a safe, robust, and reliable central storage area. The prevention of injuries to hospital porters, and fast, efficient access to clean, well-maintained beds, are additional benefits.
Medescon said: “Hospital bed storage facilities are often not given the required space, or indeed designed with winter surges, or the number of hospital beds a Trust owns and rents in mind, resulting in numerous broken and forgotten-about beds standing in corridors. Having a central area where these beds can be safely and efficiently maintained and stored is a considerable benefit.”
The bed stackers are designed to vertically store three, four, or five beds in the footprint of one, with optional charging to ensure readiness for immediate use. The available headroom and room shape determine the configuration of the bed lift installable. Both end and side-entry models are available for standard or bariatric beds and trolleys. A single five-bed high end-entry unit can save up to 9.4 m2 of floorspace (equating to approx. £36,000-£45,000 in construction costs).
Medescon added: “Not only can using a bed stacker see premium floorspace claimed back, but up to one hour of porters’ time can be saved. Equally, increases in the space available to Estates or Maintenance teams, improved workflow, potentially reduced patient waiting times, and fewer manual handling injuries, plus more space for clinical care, are all key benefits.
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