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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 latest addition to a full line of smart beds from Hill-Rom which now includes seven different models.

"Our customers' input was key as we designed this new bed," explained Kao. "They told us they were looking for an easy to use bed with patient-friendly features that would improve the experience for patients in the med-surg units, yet they also wanted all the safety features and therapy options that could be provided. The Advanta 2 bed provides an enviable combination of ease of use, safety and proven technology for the unique demands of the med-surg environment."

Many of the Advanta 2 bed features are designed to improve safety and at the same time enable caregivers to more easily complete their duties, giving them more time to care for patients. Some of these features include:

  • Point-of-Care® Controls located at the bedside in a large, easy to read format
  • One button Vascular foot positioning to facilitate improved circulation
  • Built-in battery backup for bed operation when unplugged from main power
  • Shearless Pivot® mechanism to protect the skin while the back and knees are raised
  • An "intelligent" bed exit system with multiple settings to allow normal patient movement without false alarms
  • A built-in bed extender to easily add length to the bed
  • SafeView(TM) visual alerts for bed exit, rails, brakes and bed height to permit easier monitoring of these critical settings
  • Customizable alerts and reminders through NaviCare® software freeing caregiver to provide more direct patient care
  • Visual and audible alerts provide local safety while feeding data into any nurse call system, wireless device or hospital network enabling improved documentation and monitoring of patient safety status
  • Data automatically provided to electronic health records.

"This bed is an excellent new smart option for our customers because it combines innovative new design features with proven features that deliver safety, ease of use, flexibility, and patient comfort," said Kao.

ABOUT HILL-ROM HOLDINGS, INC.

Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, including patient support systems, safe mobility and handling solutions, non-invasive therapeutic products for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, medical equipment rentals and information technology solutions. Hill-Rom's comprehensive product and service offerings are used by health care providers across the health care continuum and around the world in hospitals, extended care facilities and home care settings to enhance the safety and quality of patient care.

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