Beds are indispensable components required at healthcare facilities, as most of the patients are not in a mobile condition to receive the treatment, and rest is of utmost importance for them. With an evolution in the practice of medicine and technology, hospital beds have emerged as more sophisticated medical devices with a greater focus on safety and comfort of the patient. The hospital beds present in the market today have become stronger, lighter, durable, and effective with the increased use of high-quality synthetic casters and polymers.

In recent years, technological advancements in hospital beds have made them much more than a resting place for a patient. These advancements enabled the inclusion of graphical interfaces, sensors, communication systems, and more to provide highly advanced – smart beds. These beds contain sensors for body temperature, blood, heartbeat, oxygen, and pressure sensors. These sensors continuously transfer patient signals to the central system for physician review and play a vital role for patients requiring critical care. In addition, it allows sending alert messages in case of any sudden change in the status of the patient’s health. Some of the smart beds have a “percussion and vibration” feature which is very useful for patients susceptible to pneumonia, suffering from respiratory diseases or are on ventilators. Further, there is a growing need to address the issues associated with the high level of manual patient handling and Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) caused to caregivers by heavy patient lifting. Robotic beds are being increasingly researched as a promising tool that can offer efficient patient handling and reduce RSI. The robotic beds are being increasingly researched to address this issue and these researches are likely to be translated into commercialization providing high growth opportunities for bed suppliers.

Some beds are specifically designed for obese patients to offer caregivers the ability to effectively care these patients – by incorporating innovative features that promote efficiency, ease of use, and provide safe patient care. Moreover, for the treatment of wounded and disabled patients, air therapy beds have been designed that offers pressure distribution and reduces the pressure ulcer formation. In addition, air therapy beds provide an exchange of air between the skin and the bed to reduce infections. The medical beds market has witnessed constant innovations as key players are spending on R&D to bring novel products into the market. For instance, in May 2017, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (U.S.) launched Hill-Rom 900 Accella for patients in intensive and acute care settings. The bed features bed exit alarm, intelligent night light, brake-off indicator, low-height indicator, patient positioning systems, and less patient repositioning technology that make caring for patients easier and safer. Similarly, in October 2017, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (U.S.) launched new medical-surgical bed solution Hill-Rom Centrella Smart+ bed to help keep patients safe and simplify caregivers work in the long run. Also, in the same year, the company launched Envella air-fluidized therapy bed to provide the highest quality wound care for patients with advanced wounds.

Hence, constant innovation and resulting launch of technologically advanced beds are steadily propelling the medical/hospital beds market which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% to reach USD 3.1 billion by 2023, according to the Meticulous Research®.

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