This Cheap Hospital Bed Prevents the Spread of Dangerous Infections

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 11, 2017
References: dh.umu.se & springwise
This cheap hospital bed is designed to stop the spread of contagious illness during an epidemic outbreak. The Ubuntu Containment Bed is a low cost design solution, making it a viable option in developing countries and communities affected by poverty. The Senegalese invention also keeps patients comfortable.

Made with a simple bamboo frame, it would only take one person an hour to put together the cheap hospital bed. The Tyvek fabric loops around the bamboo to form a mattress and bed cover. The material also has microbial barrier properties to prevent infections, can easily be replaced with a new sheet and is decorated with local artwork and traditional graphics.

During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, resources and capacity were enormous problems. An affordable bed like this could make a difference should a similar health crisis occur.