It’s been a while since I was in a hospital bed (knock on wood), but it seems they don’t make ‘em like they used to. A recent Medgadget article covered the latest release from Stryker, the Michigan-based hospital bed company. The product line is called The ProCuity, and it features a series of beds with varying technological capabilities intended to minimize patient falls, help clinicians monitor patients, and maintain connectivity as the beds move throughout the hospital.
Features include wireless connection to nurse call systems and streaming parameters like bed configuration such as rail position, exit alarms, and movement. The beds also feature USB ports and device cradles so that patients can enjoy their smart devices without the annoyance of battery monitoring. Perhaps the most interesting features, found on the higher end models, are a motorcycle-like throttle for intuitive navigation and electric brakes.