3 Ways Furniture Enhances Medical Care

Vitals Chair by Vecna. Copyright (c) Vecna

Medical professionals have industry partners intensely focused on helping them heal patients and keep them safe while doing so. Each year there are new medical supply inventions that improve the quality of people's lives, improve the caliber of their medical care, and better enable healing and chronic condition management.

Furniture is no exception and can no longer be overlooked when planning a healing environment.

Here are six surprising ways that furniture enhances medical care.

#1 Height-Adjustable Standing Desks

Nearly 47 studies have been published at the time of this writing that have linked sitting, as in all day at your desk, to an earlier death by all causes, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Do you have a desk job, working in front of a computer all day? Did you think carpal tunnel syndrome and perhaps a little back pain were all you had to worry about? We now know that's no longer the case. The stakes are much higher.

Obesity researchers are using the term "sitting disease" now because of the direct links they've found between sitting for several hours each day and some of the leading causes of death. Major media outlets have flashed headlines such as, "Sitting is the new smoking."

Sitting at work all day has even been shown to reverse and negate most of the benefits gained in a daily gym workout or a daily run.

Sitting is serious business.

So how does furniture help?

The height-adjustable, sit-to-stand desks are designed to get people up during work. Early advice was to simply "take a break from your desk" and "go for a walk" every so often, perhaps once an hour, while at work. But that isn't realistic for most employees, and especially not the companies who are paying them to be productive.

Enter the height-adjustable desk. Imagine commuting to work, where you must sit, and then when you arrive at your desk, turn on your computer, press a button, and your desk raises so you can read and type email, talk on the phone, and review spreadsheets while you stand.

When you get tired, you simply press a button, and you can sit back down in your chair to work. After lunch, raise it up again to remain alert and fight off that afternoon, post-lunch fatigue. (Yes, it happens to all of us, not just you.)

# 2 The Vitals Chair

The Vitals Chair, invented by Vecna Technologies of Cambridge, MA, is a lounge chair designed to record patient vital signs while they wait for their medical appointment to begin. Sit in the chair, intended to be placed in a semi-private corner in the waiting room, and it will record your blood pressure, pulse oxygen levels, body temperature, height, and weight.  

The Vitals Chair has two primary benefits. One, it makes health care more efficient, simply by keeping things moving and minimizing waiting.

Second, it gets the patient a little more engaged in their health by making them more active in the recording of vital signs. More engagement usually leads to better compliance to prescribed therapy.

# 3 Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces

EOS Surfaces and Cupron, Inc. have joined technologies to combine EOS's solid surface fabrication with Cupron's antimicrobial copper capability to create a solid surface that kills germs 24/7. Health care acquired infections are a major cause of death in the United States. By installing more countertops, desk tops, transaction surfaces, bedside tables and cabinets, and overbed tables with Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces, germs left behind will have a greater chance of dying before a new person touches the surface and picks up a new disease-causing microbe.

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