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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


• 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