Sizewise Launches “Intuitive” Acute Care Bed
Posted on May 24, 2012 @ 01:58 pm
After years of minimal technological advances, the hospital bed has a fancy new family member. Sizewise, a Kansas City, Mo.-based medical equipment manufacturer, has revealed an “intuitive” hospital bed.
Called the Navigator, the acute care bed has a capacity of 600 pounds safe working load. It has a particularly low deck at 11 inches for safe patient access and fall prevention. The bed also elevates to a 33-inch-high deck height for a safe working height of care providers.
The Navigator has built-in self-diagnostic technology and SW Safe features that are designed to assist in addressing readmission rates, reducing staff injuries, potentially increasing the safety and satisfaction of patients and facility staff and, most importantly, lining up to address specific Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-outlined adverse events. The integrated motion bed movement alarm has multiple tones or can be custom recorded by a family member or in the language of the patient.
Safety lighting is positioned at the side of the foot-end for a quick-glance status check as a nurse walks by the room. Four points of control make the bed functions easily accessible to the patient and care provider, the company claims. If needed, the Navigator has an optional power drive system to enable ease of bed movement and transfer.
Clinicians also are able to track historic data including weight, body mass index, Braden Scale (a measurement of the risk of pressure sores), head and side rail up/down data, visual wound-staging photos and more.
The bed is manufactured in the United States.
Trever Frickey, chief operating officer at Sizewise, said, "It was important to build a bed that would fit into the long-term equipment buying strategy of acute care hospitals today while still providing them with technology and functions that will take them into the future of patient care."
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