- An alternative to Bed Side Rails
- Soft for Patients, preventing bruising
- Legs, arms & head cannot be trapped
- Incorporates an Evacuation Sheet
- Adjustable for large or small patients
- Easy to clean
- Makes the bed look homely
About the Zip-a-Bed
The Zip-A-Bed consists of:
- A top sheet that looks like a bedspread
- A bottom sheet that is also an Emergency Evacuation Sheet
In use, the Top Sheet/Bedspread does not look like a piece of hospital equipment as it replaces bed side rails and provides a more normal look to the bed. It is available in a variety of patterns that look homely. Due to the different depths of mattresses and different sizes of patients, we have provided adjustable straps on both sides of the Top Sheet/Bedspread. If the Top Sheet/Bedspread is too loose across the patient’s chest, simply pull one or both of the straps for a better fit.
If necessary, you can use the Zip-A-Bed for fire evacuation. In an evacuation, undo the two straps that hold the Bottom Sheet to the bed frame and attach them over the top of the patient. Then lower the patient, cocooned inside the mattress, off the bed, and tow them to safety, including down stairs.
Please note that the pattern material changes depending on what is available from our suppliers.
This item may be of interest if you are wondering how to stop patients falling out of bed.
General Public Restraint Authorisation Letter: If this product is purchased for use in a private home, we require authorisation from a suitable person. This is to ensure it will be used correctly and safely by the family and/or carers, and that using it will not be dangerous. Examples of a suitable person who is able to sign the letter are: Occupational Therapist; Physiotherapist; Clinical Nurse Manager; Registered Nurse; Doctor; or another suitably qualified person. Click here to print the letter template, and please return a copy to us when ordering. Note: This letter is not required when we send restraints to aged care facilities or hospitals, because their staff are already trained in their safe use.
Note: We are unable to sell this product to the USA.
Item # 456 (Unisex Patterns)
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. We recommend using a Pelican Washing Bag to help contain the product.
Restraints are a prescribed item. Care Facilities such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Aged Care Facilities etc., may order this item. For private sales to a family member, written authorisation is needed from a qualified therapist or medical doctor, approving the use of the correct Restraint for the patient’s current condition. Remember if the patient’s condition changes, then a different type of Restraint may be required. It is necessary to ensure the family are aware of the proper use of Restraints, as these can be dangerous if not used correctly.
It is possible for patients to move themselves off the edge of the mattress and be trapped beside the mattress but they should be prevented from falling by the Zip-A-Bed. If this is a problem, sometimes the nursing staff may want to use bed side rails as well as the Zip-A-Bed. Be warned that using bed side rails provides something that the patient can hold on to, to pull themselves up and possibly climb over. Also they may hurt their arms and legs against the rails, unless Bed Rail Protectors are covering the side rails. Be careful not to damage the zip when raising or lowering the side rails.
Another method to prevent the patient moving off the mattress is to use Bed Side Wedges under the Zip-A-Bed. The advantage of the Bed Side Wedges is that there are no hard rails for the patient to hurt themselves or hold onto to climb over. Another alternative is the Bed Fall Mat.
General Manual Handling Warning: Manual Handling products are designed to assist carers to help patients. They will not make the carer stronger or fitter, but with correct training and use of the products, should make manual handling easier and safer for both staff and patients. When training, practise with an able-bodied colleague. If any procedure is not comfortable or is difficult and puts the carer or patient in a dangerous position, the participants should call out to stop the manoeuvre, recover and recommence. Never jeopardise your health by straining, twisting or being incorrectly positioned when manual handling. Always select the most appropriate equipment for the patient’s current condition and if in doubt, use mechanical equipment. Ask your Manual Handling adviser for individual guidance.
Correct Buckle Threading: Click here to view a video showing the correct way to thread a buckle onto the webbing. It is vital that the buckles on this product are correctly fitted. Contact us if you need to order a replacement buckle if one is broken.