Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cholera Bed

I posted a shot of the above bed previously, but at the time, I didn't know what it was. A bed, obviously, and one with a hole cut in the middle to allow non-ambulatory patients to go to the bathroom. And yes, that's true, but this bed is specifically designed for cholera sufferers, and is called a "cholera bed".

Refugees/IDPs (internally displaced people) are especially susceptible to cholera infection because the disease is transmitted when bacteria in feces comes into contact with the mouth, either via contaminated water, unwashed hands, flies, unhygienic latrines or some combination of the above.

In developed countries cholera is easily prevented and treated, but among refugees/IDPs it can and often does result in death, and not a pleasant one, if there is such a thing. Vomiting and diarrhea can result in fluid loss of up to one liter an hour, and left untreated, cholera can be fatal in up to 60 percent of cases.

Cholera trivia: American President James Polk died from cholera.


  1. where do I get this beds for haiti??

  2. This one is obviously homemade, dalantgn. It's a cot with a hole cut in it. And for most places on earth where cholera is a problem, that's the best (i.e. most practical and cost-effective) solution.

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  4. dalantgn: Hi, I came across this blog while doing research on cholera beds. If you are still interested in them specifically for Haiti: the specialized cholera beds are being produced at PROMESS Warehouse.
    and there are a number of medical supply producing companies currently producing them for emergency shelters (but they are quite expensive if they are not locally produced)

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