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Hill-Rom Introduces Innovative Smart Bed for Medical-Surgical Settings
Date:12/11/2009

BATESVILLE, Ind., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC) today announced the introduction of Hill-Rom's Advanta(TM) 2 Bed for use in medical-surgical areas of hospitals and care facilities. The new bed brings together ease of use with key safety features and the flexibility to use a variety of care surfaces as needed.

"Hill-Rom is pleased to offer this new solution to our customers. It combines the best features of Hill-Rom's long-time leader, the Advanta bed, with many of the more sophisticated features first introduced in the VersaCare® Bed system," said Jeff Kao, president of Hill-Rom's North America Acute Care division. "The Advanta 2 bed is built with a flat deck (open architecture) so it is compatible with a wide variety of therapy surfaces, making it highly flexible to meet the goals of a facility and also providing comfort to meet a patient's needs."

Because safety is the number one concern for every caregiver, the Advanta 2 bed offers key safety features, including an innovative siderail design to enhance the patient's ability to grasp the siderail when entering or exiting the bed. The bed also provides in-rail storage to reduce the need to reach out of bed along with a 4-corner brake and steering system and an alarm to alert caregivers when the brake is off. To help prevent falls, the Advanta 2 bed provides the lowest bed height on any bed equipped with power drive capability.

The Advanta 2 bed is a smart bed as it provides reliable connectivity to all nurse call systems by offering nurse call features and the ability to update electronic health records directly, easing the burden of documentation and helping improve safety protocol compliance. Local alerts built into the bed provide instant notification of unsafe events. The Advanta 2 bed is the la
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