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by Nancy Ryerson , Staff Writer
From the January 2014 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News magazine


Hospital bed innovations can be slow. Beds generally last a decade or more, so upgrades aren’t constant. And manufacturers want to ensure that the upgrade is worth something. “The medical market will follow on the heels of the consumer market,” says Westbrook. “But you can’t just stick a consumer mattress under a patient. There are so many key points, pulsation, alternation, pressure points — all of the medical therapies that come with existing mattresses, but those are the kinds of things that patients are going to increasingly need.”

The aging baby boomer population in particular will help drive hospital bed innovations, Westbrook says. So a time may come soon enough, when all patients rest their heads on Hollywood-worthy mattresses.
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