Hospital Bed

We used Human Centered Design to develop a smart bed that capitalizes on emerging technology systems.

The control panel on the footboard and controls on the headend are its defining characteristic. While intelligent, the design of this hospital bed epitomizes the user experience rather than the underlying technology. Patients disliked the cage feeling of bed rails—the translucent rails mitigated that claustrophobic feeling.

Clinicians are the primary “operators” of the bed, adjusting it in the room and moving it down the corridors. The bed weight was reduced by 200 lb. without sacrificing functionality. Pedals, side rails, and the nurse controls reflected the clinicians’ preferences. Prior to releasing the product for manufacturing, a clinician panel validated and affirmed the bed features and ease of use. Production is currently back-ordered due to high demand.


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