Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Nala Patient Chair

When given the opportunity to design a better chair for patients, Herman Miller spoke with caregivers, patients, and other support personnel to find out what works and what doesn’t. They also consulted with ergonomists, physical therapists, and gerontologists to understand the recovery process. The result? The Nala Patient Chair by Nemschoff.

Nala’s function and materials meet the specialized protocols of patient-care environments. Incorporating ergonomic principles and innovative technologies from groundbreaking Herman Miller work chairs, Nala chairs deliver superior comfort and support.

Less Effort and More Rest

The patient can move with little effort and can rest at any point through the generous recline range. The back and seat tilt motion of the Nala Harmonic Tilt chair mimics the natural movement of the patient’s body. The backrest and seat pan open up as the patient reclines and tilt around the pivot points at the ankle, knee, and hip. Correct body support is maintained in all positions, regardless of the weight of the patient.

Comfort is King

For extend periods of sitting – the firm, flexible suspension is enclosed in a soft outer foam layer for responsive and even support over the entire chair. A sacral support keeps the patient’s lower back area relaxed and prevents slumping.

The durable, fully extended arms and soft front seat edge help patients guide and stabilize themselves when they are moving into or out of the chair. A barrier-free foot area provides enough space for the patient to stabilize him- or herself when getting up.

Healthcare-Friendly Fabrics

Nala chairs offer durable, antimicrobial, moisture-repellent, and easily cleaned fabrics that meet the performance and durability standards of healthcare environments. Instead of an institutional look, the fabric choices bring a contemporary, residential look and feel to patient rooms. Designers have five choices for combining textiles and colors so the fabrics are appropriate for medical patient rooms, surgical patient rooms, and in-patient rehabilitation patient rooms. Seat and back upholstery are designed to be field replaceable.

Useful Choices

The Nala Fixed Back chair is also available. It provides a comfortable 15-degree back angle. An integral handle in the chair back, as well as rear casters, can be specified to make moving the chair easier. An optional headrest pillow adjusts up to 9 inches; the edges curve outward to hold and support the patient’s head. An ottoman supports up to 350 pounds and is sturdy enough to use as a seat for guests or family.

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