Clinical Applications ............................................................ 4
Maintenance ........................................................................ 21
Accessories, Fitting and Operation .................................. 23
Warranty and Service ......................................................... 26
Dimensions and Data ......................................................... 27
10. Transportation and Storage............................................... 29
Warnings, Cautions and Notes
Warnings given in this manual identify possible hazards in procedures
or conditions, which if not correctly followed, could result in death,
injury or other serious adverse reactions.
Cautions given in this manual identify possible hazards in procedures or
conditions, which if not correctly followed, could result in equipment
damage or failure.
Notes given in this manual (indicated by ) are used to explain or
amplify a procedure or condition.
Do not use accessories that have not been designed or
approved for use with the bed.
Electrical equipment can be hazardous if misused.
Do not use electrically powered beds in the presence of
flammable gases such as anaesthetic agents.
Do not use electrically powered beds in operating theatres.
The CONTOURA® 480 is an electrically-actuated acute care bed with
multiple functions to provide the best nursing position for both patient
• Four section electrically-operated profiling mattress platform with
independent adjustment of backrest angle, thigh section angle and
calf section angle.
• Auto-Contour of backrest and thigh sections by pressing one
• Pro-Contour profiling system, incorporating five simultaneous
movements of the mattress platform.
• Electrically-actuated bed height adjustment.
• Electrically actuated Trendelenberg and reverse Trendelenberg tilt.
• Manually operated (gas spring assisted) calf elevation.
• Integral mattress platform extension.
• Integral or detachable ¾ length folding safety sides.
• Steel or plastic sheet mattress support surface.
• 125mm or 150mm diameter castors.
• Choice of removable head and foot panel designs.
• Backrest X-ray facility.
2. Clinical Applications
Area of use
General medicine; general and specialist surgery;
care of the elderly; HDU; ITU; coronary care and
The bed is appropriate for high dependency patients
who pose a movement and handling risk and / or
whose clinical condition requires that they are
positioned with minimal physical handling.
Patients with a moderate amount of independence
can, at the carer’s discretion, use the controls to
adjust their own position.
The total safe working
load of the bed is 267 kg.
Connect the bed to a suitable mains electricity
When not in use, or when moving the bed, store the
electrical supply cable using the two hooks provided
at the head of the bed beneath the mattress platform.
Electrical power cable shown in stored position
Make sure that the electrical supply cable is not stretched
Make sure that handset cables and electrical supply cables
cannot become entangled with moving parts of the bed.
Disconnect the electrical supply cable from the mains and
store before transporting the bed.
An equipotential terminal is provided on the
mattress platform frame at the head-end of the bed.
When other electrical equipment is within patient / user reach,
the potential difference between this equipment can be
equalised by interconnecting the equipotential terminals of
each piece of equipment.
• Always use a mattress of the correct size and type. A range of
suitable pressure reducing and pressure relieving mattresses is
available from ArjoHuntleigh.
• When the bed is operated, make sure that obstacles such as
bedside furniture do not restrict movement.
• Before operating the bed, make sure that the patient is safely
positioned to avoid entrapment or imbalance.
• Always apply the brakes when the bed is stationary.
• Lower the bed to minimum height when the patient is left
The clinically qualified person responsible should consider the
age, size and condition of the patient before using safety sides.
• Keep these instructions handy for reference.
There are two coupled brake pedals at the foot end of the bed.
• With the pedals in the Down position, the brakes are applied and
the bed is immobilised.
• With the pedals in the Horizontal position, all the brakes are
released and the bed can be moved in any direction.
• With the pedals in the Up position, a steering castor is engaged at
one end of the bed to provide better control when pushing the bed
in a straight line.
When moving the bed, push from the opposite end of the bed to where the
steering castor is fitted.
Safety sides must only be used with a mattress of the correct
size and which is approved for use with the bed.
Maximum mattress thickness should be 180 mm.
The clinically qualified person responsible should consider
the age, size and condition of the patient before using safety
Contoura® 480 bed with safety sides fitted
Safety side contact points are identified by this symbol.
Care should be taken to keep hands and fingers away from
To lower the side: Hold the top rail near the footend just in front of the joint (3). Pull the operating
knob (1) and lower the side towards the foot of the
bed (2). As the side begins to lower, release the
operating knob (1).
Safety side operation
Do NOT use the safety sides to lift or move the bed.
Only use safety sides which are specified for use with the
CONTOURA® 480 range of beds.
To raise the side: Hold the top rail and pull
upwards, lifting the safety side to its maximum
height. The locking mechanism engages
Check that the safety side locking mechanism is
correctly engaged. The yellow band (1) on the
operating knob must not be visible when the safety
side is at maximum height.
Safety side operating knob shown in unlocked and locked
Do not leave the safety rail in the upright position with the
yellow band showing.
The accessory safety sides (see Section 7 for details) can be fitted
to any bed supplied without factory-fitted safety sides.
The safety sides are supplied in pairs, left and right hand, and
must be fitted such that they fold down towards the foot of the
Safety side clamp location spigot
Locate each safety side clamp on the spigots fixed to the
mattress platform. Fully tighten the integral clamp screws.
Full instructions for fitting and use are supplied with all safety sides
To extend the bed: Apply the brakes. Squeeze the
latch lever (1) and handle (2) together and pull out
the foot-end of the mattress platform (3). The footend of the mattress platform automatically locks
when fully extended and the latch lever is released.
Extending or retracting the bed
Hold the calf extension bow (4) and lift the calf
section extension sheet (5) up and away from the
calf section deck sheet (6).
Extending or retracting the mattress deck extension
Pull the bow (4) and calf section extension sheet (5)
towards the foot of the bed. When the bow is fully
extended, the calf section extension sheet rests back
into position on the calf section deck sheet (6).
To retract the bed and mattress deck extension:
Reverse the above procedure.
The kneebreak angle can be manually adjusted whenever the
thigh section of the mattress platform is raised.
Hold the side of the calf section (6) at the foot-end of the bed.
Lift the release lever (7) and push the calf section downwards
(against the action of the gas spring). Release the lever to lock
the calf section at any angle.
Adjusting the kneebreak angle
There is a release lever (7) located on either side of the
calf section (6).
The bedstripper is located at the foot of the bed. Pull the bar
away from the bed until the bedstripper engages in the fully
Bedstripper - extended
The bedstripper load should not exceed 20kg.
The backrest X-ray cassette tray, if fitted, provides the
facility for chest X-ray photography. This can be achieved
at any point between the horizontal and sitting position.
X-Ray backrest cassette tray - In raised and locked position
With the backrest raised, press button (1) whilst holding
knob (2) and support the X-ray cassette tray as it lowers.
The tray is hinged at the bottom of the backrest.
X-Ray backrest cassette tray - In lowered position
Loosen the locking screw (3) and locate the X-ray cassette on the
spring loaded bracket (4). Adjust the position of the cassette as
required and tighten the locking screw to secure it.
Lift the tray and secure it in position with the latch at the
top of the backrest.
After taking an X-ray photograph, always re-tighten the
locking screw (3) when the cassette is removed from the
Do not operate the backrest when the X-ray backrest cassette
tray is lowered.
The bed height, backrest angle, Trendelenberg tilt
angle and leg elevation functions are all electrically
operated using two control handsets. To operate a
function, press and hold the appropriate pushbutton
until the desired position is achieved.
The patient handset controls bed functions as
The nurse handset controls bed functions as
1. Leg Elevation
2. Bed Height &
3. Backrest Angle
4. Battery Charge
Individual bed functions can be disabled using the
Attendant Control Panel. The ACP is located on the
patient’s right-hand side of the bed below the
In normal operation, all three lockout switches
should be in the vertical (unlocked) position as
To disable a bed function, rotate the appropriate
switch 90° anticlockwise to the horizontal (locked)
If the bed is in the tilted position and the Trendelenberg
tilt button is pressed and held, the mattress platform
pauses for two seconds on reaching the horizontal
before continuing its movement.
The bed is fitted with a back-up battery which
allows the electrically-operated functions to be used
for short periods while the bed is disconnected from
the mains power supply, e.g. when the bed is being
moved between wards. Switching between mains
and battery power is fully automatic.
To ensure that batteries are kept fully charged, the
bed must be connected to the mains power supply at
all times during normal use.
Both Trendelenberg and reverse Trendelenberg tilt
functions are achievable with the Contoura® 480
Press the nurse handset Trendelenberg tilt button to
adjust the bed to the required angle.
The mattress platform may rise initially before tilting.
This is to ensure that there is sufficient clearance
between the mattress platform and the floor.
Maximum Tilt Angles
Reverse Trendelenberg Tilt
To lower the backrest (2) in an emergency, lift the
red CPR release handle (1) at the side of the bed.
Some downward force may be required at maximum
elevation, after that the backrest will lower under the
The backrest can fall quickly. Keep hands clear to avoid
CPR emergency release handle
In addition to the CPR lever, there is also a CPR
button on the nurse handset. Press and hold this
button to automatically return the bed to a flat,
horizontal, low height position.
Before using the CPR button on the nurse handset, make sure
that all lockout switches on the ACP are in the vertical,
Disconnect the bed from the electricity supply before carrying
out decontamination procedures.
These instructions also apply to accessories but not to
mattresses or safety side pads.
Wearing suitable protective clothing, clean all surfaces
with a disposable cloth moistened in hand hot water and a
The head and foot end panels, and mattress platform
sheets, can be removed from the bed for cleaning.
Start by cleaning the upper sections of the bed and work
along all horizontal surfaces. Work methodically towards
the lower sections of the bed and clean the wheels last.
Take extra care to clean areas that may trap dust or dirt.
Wipe over with a new disposable cloth moistened in clean
water, and dry with disposable paper towels.
Allow the cleaned parts to dry before replacing the
After cleaning the bed as described above, wipe all
surfaces with sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) at a
concentration of 1,000 parts per million (0.1%) of
In the case of pooling body fluids, e.g. blood, the
concentration of NaDCC should be increased to 10,000
parts per million (1%) of available chlorine.
Do not use abrasive compounds or pads.
Do not use phenol-based disinfectant solutions.
The following preventive maintenance procedures should be carried out
at intervals of 12 months.
All service or repair activities must only be performed by properly
qualified and trained persons who are approved by ArjoHuntleigh.
Disposal of product and components should be compliant with local
Disconnect the bed from the mains power supply before
starting any maintenance activity.
The bed will still operate on battery backup power if handset
buttons are pressed and lockout switches have not been set.
Avoid skin contact with lubricants.
Set the rotary lockout switches on the Attendant
Control Panel (ACP) to the locked position. Refer to
Attendant Control Panel instructions in Section 4 of
Examine the bed for obvious signs of damage. All
aspects of the equipment should operate as intended.
Make sure that all nuts, bolts and other fastenings
are tight and are not missing.
Examine flexible cables for cuts, abrasions, kinking
or other deterioration. Make sure that the electrical
supply cable plug is not damaged.
If either the plug or cable is damaged then both the
plug and cable must be replaced as a complete
assembly by an approved service agent.
Apply the brakes and push the bed forwards. If any
of the three braking castors rotate, the brake is not
Check the steering lock for efficient operation.
If either the brakes or the steering lock are not
working as they should, contact an approved service
If a beeping sound is heard when operating the bed it
means that the battery is at low charge. Reconnect
the bed to a mains power supply for a minimum of
24 hours so that the batteries can recharge.
Check the battery condition every six months using
the following procedure:
1. Make sure that the bed has been connected to the
mains power supply for an uninterrupted 24 hour
2. Disconnect the bed from the mains supply.
3. Apply a load of 80kg to the mattress platform.
4. Raise and lower the mattress platform, from
minimum to maximum height, three times.
5. If the bed does not operate satisfactorily in step 4,
perform steps 1 to 4 again.
If the bed continues to operate unsatisfactorily, it
may indicate that the batteries need replacing. In this
situation, consult an approved service agent.
Examine the handle and strap for signs of damage,
fraying or loose stitching. Replace the strap and
handle if either are faulty.
Raise the safety side to the upright position until the
operating knob clicks into place at maximum height.
Refer to section 4 of this manual for safety side
If the safety side does not lock securely at the
maximum height position, contact an approved
7. Accessories, Fitting and Operation
A full range of accessories, including mattresses, is available from
ArjoHuntleigh. Details are available on request.
Accessories currently available for this bed consist of:
Standard Mattress Proof Nylon
Standard Mattress Penn-Nyla or Elite
Standard Mattress Squab
Nimbus 3 Mattress
Nimbus 3 Pump
Flexible Handset Holder
IV Pole 4-Hook
IV Rod Equipment Pole
Monitor Shelf with Cylinder Holder
Monitor Shelf with Cylinder Holder
Syringe Pump Holder
Angled IV Pole
Multi-Position Lifting Pole
Foot End Monitor Shelf
Head Tilt Switch
Small Traction Assembly
Clamp-on Safety Sides
Side Rail Height Ext.
Urine Bag Rail, 4 Hook (Foot End)
Urine Bag Rail, No Hook (Foot End)
Urine Bag Rail, 4 Hook (Head End)
Urine Bag Rail, No Hook (Head End)
Urine Bottle Holder (Double)
Urine Bottle Holder (Triple)
IV Rod Storage (for C800/ACC11)
Nurse Handset Holder
Nimbus Mains Socket Assembly 230V
Power Outlets, Foot End
Oxygen Cylinder Holder
Wall Stop (2 Position)
Drainage Jar Holder
Extra Height Safety Sides
Child’s Safety Sides
Safety Side Pads
Lifting Pole Mounted Bag Rail
E-Size Oxygen Cylinder Holder
Head End Drainage Bag Rail
DIN Rail Head End
DIN Rail Foot End
IV Rod Storage (for MB-ACC32)
IV Rod (Modular)