Hospital patients are encouraged to sit in a chair as opposed to the bed to assist with recovery; as such, patient chairs are used for around 2-8 hours a day, enhancing the risk of pressure sores, tissue damage and increasing the build up of bacteria in the frame and cushion. PearsonLloyd’s Patient Chair, part of the Design Bugs Out project, sets out to address these issues.
The chair comprises a streamlined plastic shell and the minimum number of joints and intersections to reduce the chair’s ability to harbour germs and make it easy to wash. The seat cushion is filled with a new gel material, which provides pressure relief and transports moisture away from the patient, and the wipe clean upholstery is secured to the shell thanks to integrated magnets. Extra cushions are covered with bed linen, so each patient gets a fresh chair.