Given current events, I wonder if needy facilities would accept a donated flat-pack hospital bed frame carved from plywood and coated in marine paint or something that could be wiped. I am not experienced in designing flat-pack furniture, but if this could turn into a usable donation and a collaborated design were to materialize, I would be all in on making beds for use in local emergency temporary hospitals.
I have asked a University of Washington Public Health staff member, who showed interest and is asking Washington state if this need will arise. Is there interest in the community to start putting together a design early, should this becomes a rapid need in the coming weeks?
Ideas and succinct features are welcome, but it’s got to be fast to build and fail-proof. Maslow is not exactly fast, so it should focus on laying down tab/slot/curve type cuts, and then leave strategic marks to indicate long rips and easily tolerant cuts for post-processing with a circular saw and jigsaw.
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- Parametric mattress dimensions
- Support patient in lying and sitting positions up to NNN kg
- Patient-facing surfaces should be smooth wherever possible for easier wiping
- Hinged upper section beneath mattress to lift up patient’s head and torso (manually, keep it simple)
- Can relocate with patient on bed, without requiring to install expensive or hard to find wheels
- Removable side rails (seems infeasible but we can try)
- Least amount of hardware possible
- Nurse feedback accommodations such as an equipment shelf/pocket or hanger slots for hoses/wires
- Minimal to zero tool head changes and stick to most widely used tools
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