I was warned by Cambridge to avoid discussion of medical applications of the 2T concept as this might detract from it’s major office use.
There seem to be 3 areas :-
- Mass emergency. With the distressingly increasing frquency of international outrages which involve high volume of casualties which are tended while lying on the floor, a light emergency bed is required.
- Hospital special needs. A 2T bed has a perfect application in a resuscitation unit.
- For specific hospital requirments such as neck traction.
A lightweight bed for emergency use.
A design similar to the p/1 prototype monocoque version is suggested.
The 2T principle Prototype p/1 has to be modified to allow stable positions in the transitional mode, contrary to the 2T principle 8.
- Manufacture can be inexpensive.
- For storage and logistics it can be easily disassembled and stacked.
The patient can be effortlessly put in the Trendelenburg position, can lie comfortably supported when lying supine and can be in a sitting position.
Lying on side, prone or in the recovery position is possible. The slight ‘iliac’ support would be lying above the pelvic brim and limit slippage if the head end is lowered. The slightly elevated legs aids venous return. It can be addressed by increasing the seat/back-rest angle or having these components hinged (an added expense).
A similar model to the above but of more robust design. The ability to attend to the patient at a desired height and tilt is an advantage. Rapid position change, particularly the Trendelenberg position, needed quickly in acute episodes, is a major advantage.
Hospital special needs
Cervical traction. At present the patient lies supine and flat with traction from the skull to a weight attached over the end of the bed. This is prolonged and the position becomes uncomfortable, the constraint is a disadvantage and reading is difficult. With a 2T design the patient can be tilted to a more comfortable, less constrained, semi-reclined position without altering the traction.