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Table 3 Standout features of current medical beds

From: Smart medical beds in patient-care environments of the twenty-first century: a state-of-art survey

  Related to the device Related to the patient/caregiver Related to the environment
Description • Ergonomic • Low: controllable frame height, significantly lowering the frame to mitigate consequences of bed falls • Universal • Bariatric • Critical • Acute • Early Mobility • Hospital • Intensive Care • Long-Term • Residential • Medical-Surgical • Multiple
Aesthetic/design features • 5th castor for eased bed transportation • Robustness, removable panels for hygiene • Controllable height (including low-frame models) • Side-rail shock absorbers • Advanced mechanics • Frame extension (length-width) • Ergonomics for patient, caregiver • Movable, adaptable side-rail controls • Autoregression: the back section is moved towards the headboard when lifted, reducing applied pressure to the lower back • Optional panels, side-rails, colors and materials for environmental adaptation • Under-Bed Lighting • Chair position • Concealable controls • Customizable for medical or residential scenarios
Standout functions • Backup power • Accessory support • Mechanical/Digital head of bed angle indicators • Predefined, programmable positions (cardiac chair, Trendelenburg, etc.) • Usage History (positions, etc.) • Integrated accessories (i.e. active mattress) • Motion Programs • Lit Controls • Integrated scale • Braden Scale Calculation • Nursing staff reminders • Patient blocking functions • Translation for basic questions • Monitoring (i.e. bed-exit) • Eased CPR control • Motion Support • Treatment/Preventive therapies/systems • Patient exit alarm • Remote-local alarms • Obstacle detection • Communication functions