Stryker rolls out low-cost hospital bed for COVID-19 patients

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Stryker's Emergency Relief Bed, a limited-release medical bed, supports critical needs during COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy Stryker

Stryker developed a low-cost, limited-release emergency response bed to aid health care providers in caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kalamazoo-based maker of medical devices and technology said last week it is rolling out the Emergency Relief Bed, which is designed to provide the movement and positioning most needed for patients in respiratory distress.

“People are at the heart of what we do, and COVID-19 hasn’t changed that,” said Brad Saar, president of Stryker’s medical division. “It has amplified our mission of making health care better. We’re focused on meeting the supply needs of our customers so they can focus on taking care of patients right now. That’s why we raced to develop our Emergency Relief Bed, which will help emergency responders and caregivers move and position patients efficiently during this critical time.”

Stryker anticipates producing 10,000 beds a week to meet increased needs.

Stryker’s Emergency Relief Bed is a low-cost solution intended for use on the front lines, from hospital emergency departments to triage and pop-up areas of care.

It includes a 6-inch-thick foam surface and a 30-degree head of bed angle to accommodate patients in respiratory distress, including ventilated patients. It also features low height and an attached IV pole.

The bed is intended for use in the COVID-19 pandemic to support increased patient numbers in health care facilities. Stryker is pursuing making the bed available in select markets around the world.

More information about the new bed is available here.

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