Footrest Bed Cradle
The Footrest / Bed Cradle is made from foam, cut into a triangular wedge shape with three different angles. When positioning as a footrest, determine which of the three angles is most suitable for the patient and note the colour of the loops that are next to the heels. The Director of Nursing can then instruct staff as to the correct angle for the feet to rest against, by referring to the coloured loops.
In use, the weight of the blankets will be taken by the foam, thus relieving the feet of extra pressure. However the bedclothes may still touch the feet, so the feet should keep warm, as they will not be in a ‘void’ that is created by some other bed cradles. The weight of the bedclothes may be sufficient to hold the cradles in place, but if necessary it can be tied into position using the coloured loops.
The Footrest / Bed Cradle can also be used further up the bed when the patient is sitting up in bed as it could stop them from slipping down the bed. Other uses could be for general posture as a back rest, pillow or side support. This product is to help with the prevention of pressure sores. Sometimes, due to the patient deteriorating, this product may become unsuitable. Continuous monitoring is necessary and alternative products may be recommended.
Item # 125
Remove cover and wash up to 80°C (176°F). Air or tumble dry on a cool setting, ensuring the drum is cool. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing.
Which way should the Footrest / Bed Cradle be used?
You can use this on any of the 3 angles. It really depends on what the patient feels most comfortable with.