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Assessing the indirect costs of HAIs Internal costs from $25,000 to $45,000 per incident are only the beginning

In Mexico, a call for sterilized, used pacemakers as implants in new study An alternative for those who cannot afford new pacemakers

A new threat tops ECRI's annual health tech hazards list Some familiar concerns did not make the cut this year

New textile material for hospital doors may reduce HAIs Eliminates 90 percent of bacteria

The unique challenges of keeping the MR environment clean Eliminating bacteria in the magnetically charged MR suite

Dr. Bradley J. Catalone TSO3 hires chief science officer

New study pinpoints most effective infection control practices Maintain a sterile operating field and track outcomes

Gene-editing technology may cure deadly diseases Assessing the game-changing potential of CRISPR

Four-step test can assess resistance of medical plastics to disinfectants Don't let the fight against HAIs compromise your capital equipment

Global medical device reprocessing market to surpass $1.8 billion by 2022 Cardiology is the largest segment

Hospital bed manufacturers put the focus on infection control

by Lisa Chamoff , Contributing Reporter
From the February 2015 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News magazine


Additionally, compliance with the two-hour turn schedule (the average time it takes for a nurse to complete a round) increased by 35 percent during the course of the study. Hanson says the study also adds to the body of knowledge, which is helping validate the standard two-hour turn schedule for patients who are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. In the past, an every two hour turn schedule wasn’t based on clinical evidence, but because it took two hours to do a round. Research is ongoing to identify optimal turn scheduling based on risk, surface, and other factors.

“The standard has been around in the medical community, but no one has been able to prove it because the technology wasn’t there,” Hanson says. Hanson says during the next study, they may look at whether two and a half or three hours is possible, “so patients can get enough rest and sleep.”
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“What we do now is provide out-of-the box metrics reports and trends and support those quality initiatives that are coming from CMS and those other organizations,” Hanson says. “That has been an important topic for our customer base.”

The bariatric market expands
The bariatric segment remains one of the fastest growing segments of the hospital bed market. Jeff Ambrose, president of hospital bed distributer DiaMedical USA, says he’s been getting more and more inquiries even from smaller hospitals, which are seeing the need to offer bariatric options.

Ambrose says he often recommends the Burke Triflex II, a true bariatric bed with a 1,000-pound capacity, which he sells for $7,800 to $8,500. While some hospitals may make a choice between new or reconditioned standard beds, because of the demand, it’s nearly impossible to find reconditioned bariatric beds. “People need them,” Ambrose says. “It’s a new area of health care that hasn’t seen turnover yet.”

Patient mobility and fall reduction
Beds that turn into chairs, to help with patient mobility, are also seeing a high demand, as are low beds. In fact, in January, Stryker announced that it was acquiring Canadian company CHG Hospital Beds, which specializes in low-height hospital beds and related accessories, specially designed to reduce the risk of patient falls. The company also recently launched its Spirit One bed, an expandable low-height bariatric bed for the acute care market.
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