The biobed or Medical Sickbay Bed is the standard diagnostic facility available in a sickbay. Physicals, surgeries, and other medical procedures are all performed on biobeds.
|Caption:||Main surgical bed in the Galaxy-class sickbay.|
|Caption:||Galaxy class intensive care biobeds.|
The primary biobed in sickbay is designed for surgical purposes, although it is also the default bed for examinations conducted by the chief medical officer. It has various hookups for surgical equipment, and is typically covered by a large sensor cluster. Surgical beds usually have a large display for vital signs and other information adjacent to the bed. Serious surgeries usually require a larger biobed with more specialized sensors and surgical equipment.
Other biobeds line the perimeter of sickbay. These beds are generally used for patients under intensive care or in recovery. Information on a patients' medical status is typically displayed on a biofunction monitor at the head of the bed.
A biobed can be modified for stasis purposes. A patient too critically injured for a starship crew to care for at present can be placed in suspended animation. They can be revived once help arrives or a crisis situation is resolved. Stasis beds can be used for other purposes as well, such as supporting a holographic chamber or a biotemporal chamber.
Another type of biobed is designed for OB/GYN purposes. It is reclined and styled like a chair. It is generally used for deliveries. Not all starships have this type of bed available, however. The used a standard biobed for the two children born aboard that vessel.