Clinical Applications .................................................................... 3
Installation .................................................................................... 4
Operation ...................................................................................... 5
Cleaning ...................................................................................... 19
Accessories, Fitting and Operation .......................................... 23
Warranty and Service................................................................. 26
Dimensions and Data ................................................................. 27
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® 460 is an electrically actuated acute care bed with
multiple functions to aid the best nursing position for both patient and
The following features, dependent upon the bed configuration, are
available within the range:
• 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 retractable backrest facility.
• Height adjustment.
• Electrically actuated Trendelenburg tilt.
• Manually operated (gas assisted) calf elevation.
• Integral or detachable mattress platform extension.
• Integral or detachable ¾ length folding safety sides.
• Steel or plastic sheet mattress support surface.
• Ø125 mm or Ø150 mm castors with central operation for braking
• Choice of removable head and foot panel designs.
• Backrest X-Ray facility.
Contouraâ 460 with safety sides fitted
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 180 kg.
Connect the coiled electrical power cable to a
suitable socket outlet.
When not in use, or when moving the bed, wrap the
electrical power cable around the two hooks
provided at the head of the bed. They are located
beneath the mattress platform.
Electrical power cable shown in stored position
Make sure that the coiled electrical power cable is not
Make sure that handsets and electrical power cables cannot
become entangled with moving parts of the bed.
Disconnect the electrical power cable from the mains supply
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 Huntleigh Healthcare.
• 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 positioned
correctly 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 of the bed. When they
are pushed down from the horizontal free position they operate all
Steering brake castors simultaneously.
When the linked pedals are raised from the horizontal free position
they engage one head-end castor so that it cannot swivel. Push the
bed in the direction of travel so that the castors are all in-line and
trailing, then lift either pedal to engage the steering castor.
When moving the bed, push from the foot-end holding the foot panel.
Castors, brakes and steering
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
Single section safety side
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.
Other manufacturer’s safety sides are incompatible with the
CONTOURA 460 range of beds.
To raise the side: Lift the top rail until the
operating knob automatically clicks into its locked
position at maximum height.
The safety side release mechanism contains a yellow
band (1). When the operating knob is viewed from
above and the yellow band can be seen, it means
that the safety side is NOT securely locked in the
The yellow band should NEVER be visible from
above when the safety side is correctly in the locked
Safety side operating knob shown in unlocked and locked
Do not leave the safety rail in the upright position with the
yellow band showing.
Model MB-ACC01 safety sides can be added to the bed as an
accessory if they are not ordered as a factory-fitted option.
The safety sides are supplied in pairs, left and right hand, and
must be fitted in such a way that they fold down towards the foot
of the bed. They are attached to the side of the mattress platform
by means of integral clamps.
There are two metal spigots on each mattress platform sidemember. Use them to position the safety side brackets exactly.
Safety side bracket location spigot
Full user instructions are supplied with the MB-ACC01 safety side
accessory. Document reference number 746-276.
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 raise 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 can rest 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, which is used for resting clean linen on when
the bedsheets are being changed, is located at the foot of the
bed. Pull the bar away from the bed as far as it will go.
Bedstripper - extended
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 position the x-ray cassette
beneath its adjustable clamp. Use the spring loaded bracket (4) as
an additional support for large cassettes. Adjust the position of the
cassette as required and tighten the locking screw to secure it.
Lift the tray and secure it again with the latch at the top of
Always re-tighten the locking screw when the cassette is
The x-ray backrest cassette tray can also be accessed from
beneath the mattress platform.
The cassette tray stop-plate (1), which normally supports
the x-ray backrest cassette tray on the mattress platform,
can be turned to the side. Lower the cassette tray and then
insert x-ray cassette as before.
X-Ray backrest cassette tray shown lowered beneath the
Do not operate the backrest when the x-ray backrest cassette
tray is lowered above or below the mattress platform.
The Pro-contour retracting and raising backrest system
provides additional comfort for the patient by allowing
the mattress to expand. When operating the backrest or
auto-contour handset buttons, the base of the backrest
slides progressively towards the head-end of the bed and
at the same time, the complete backrest rises away from
the mattress platform.
Pro-contour backrest operation
The height, backrest angle, tilt angle and leg
elevation functions are all power driven.
The patient handset is accessible to either the patient
or the nursing attendant. From this handset the
patient can control all bed functions except tilt and
CPR. A second handset, for use by the attendant
only, is stored at the foot of the bed.
When a handset push-button is pressed the
appropriate bed function will operate until the pushbutton is released. The Auto-contour button operates
both backrest and leg elevation simultaneously.
If the bed is in the tilted position and the tilt button is
pressed and held, the mattress platform pauses for two
seconds on reaching the horizontal before continuing its
There is also a bracket at the foot of the bed that
supports the ACP. Use the ACP to prevent
unauthorised operation of all handset push-button
On the ACP there is a rotary lockout switch for each
bed function. Turn the appropriate lockout switch so
that its pointer is horizontal. In this condition the
selected push-buttons are disabled on both the
patient and attendant handsets.
The emergency back-up battery is automatically
switched on if the bed is disconnected from the
mains power supply. The batteries will enable
emergency power operation for short periods of
time. An example of this would be when the bed is
being moved between wards.
To ensure that batteries are kept fully charged, the
bed must be connected to the mains power supply at
all times during normal use.
Attendant handset & ACP
To lower the backrest (2) in an emergency, lift the
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 attendant 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 attendant handset, make
sure that all lockout switches on the ACP are in the vertical,
Disconnect the bed from the mains power supply before
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 soaked in a neutral detergent and hand hot
The head and foot end panels can be removed from the bed
for cleaning. If the bed has detachable mattress platform
sheets these can also be removed 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.
Rinse with clean water and dry with disposable paper towels.
Allow the cleaned parts to dry before replacing the mattress.
Disinfecting 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 available
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 Huntleigh Healthcare.
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
power 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 operation.
Make sure that the yellow band (1) on the operating knob
CANNOT be seen.
The yellow band should NEVER be visible from above
when the safety side is correctly in the locked position.
Safety side operating knob shown in unlocked and locked
If the yellow band is visible when the safety rail is in the
raised and locked position, contact Huntleigh Healthcare for
service advice. See Warranty and Service section.
If the safety sides accessory MB-ACC01 is fitted to the bed,
make sure that the integral clamps that attach the accessory
to the mattress platform side-member are fully secured.
7. Accessories, Fitting and Operation
A full range of accessories, including mattresses, is available from
Huntleigh Healthcare. 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
Pentaflex mattress squab
Nimbus 3 Mattress
Nimbus 3 Pump
Flexible Handset Holder
IV Pole 4-Hook
IV Rod Equipment Pole
Monitor Shelf with Cylinder Holder
Syringe Pump Holder
Angled IV Pole
Multi-Position Lifting Pole with Strap
Foot End Monitor Shelf
Lifting Pole with Strap