New Progressa Bed System from Hill-Rom Helps Treat and Prevent Complications for ICU Patients, Eases Caregiving for Critical Care Staff

BATESVILLE, Ind., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This week Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC)
is featuring the Progressa® bed system, the next generation of intensive care
unit (ICU) bed systems, at the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The Progressa bed system is a therapeutic system
designed to treat and prevent complications of immobility. It features a
state-of-the-art design that supports treatment goals and was engineered to help
address patient migration via its StayInPlace(TM) technology.

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“Addressing mobility needs and protecting patients from adverse events, such as
pressure ulcers, are major challenges for critical care nurses,” says Melissa
Fitzpatrick, RN, MSN, FAAN, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at
Hill-Rom. “We’ve worked closely with nursing experts to pioneer clinical
practices, programs and products like the Progressa bed system that leverage
technology to enable therapy delivery while easing the lifting and repositioning
burden that can cause harm to nurses.”

Patients at Risk of Complications, Caregivers at Risk for Injuries

The Progressa bed system’s exclusive StayInPlace technology is a major advance
in addressing the needs of a patient’s body when seated or partially seated.
When moving from lying down to an upright position, a patient’s body naturally
elongates. In a traditional bed, the result is increased pressure on the lower
back and a tendency to “migrate” toward the foot of the bed. The Progressa bed
system is the first and only bed to actually extend along with the patient when
moving from lying to sitting. As the patient sits up, the bed extends, providing
continuous support and addressing migration.

“We’ve all seen patients who slide down to the foot of the bed, and then you
have to get two or three staff members to help pull the patient up,” says Bette
Idemoto, PhD, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist in the surgical intensive care unit
at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. “The StayInPlace
technology is one of the features that is helpful both for the patient and
particularly for the nursing staff because they don’t constantly have to move
the patient back up in the bed.”

A nurse lifts an average of 1.8 tons over the course of a single shift, which
creates a risk for career-limiting and debilitating injuries that are costly to
treat. The injuries sustained by nurses contribute to billions in preventable
costs for the health care system.

Addressing a Paradox: The Need for Mobility While Immobile

More than five million patients spend time in the ICU each year and virtually
all are at risk for potentially life-threatening complications. These
complications range from skin pressure ulcers, to ventilator-associated
pneumonia, to muscle loss, with patients losing as much as five percent of their
muscle mass every seven days. Research shows that early and progressive mobility
helps mitigate these risks.

Using advanced technology and design, the Progressa bed system helps prevent and
treat some of the most serious skin and lung complications. The system has
features that help actively support evidence-based early mobility protocols.

— Therapeutic Surfaces: The Progressa bed system can be customized with
different therapeutic surfaces. All surfaces help treat and protect skin
breakdown. The Therapy Surface helps prevent pressure ulcers via
weight-based pressure redistribution and Advanced Microclimate®
technology eliminates excess heat and moisture. The Pulmonary Surface
helps prevent ventilator-associated complications with continuous
lateral rotation therapy (CLRT).
— Data Connectivity: The Progressa bed system gathers information on the
patient and the bed and sends that information to a status board at the
nurses’ station, via the nurse call system, and also integrates with the
patient’s electronic medical records. This connectivity helps further
integrate the bed into clinical workflow and maximize efficiency.
— Mobility Support: The Progressa bed system’s frame allows for multiple
configurations ranging from a flat bed to a full chair position.
Patients have multiple ways to exit the bed, providing caregivers with a
wide range of options for easily and safely moving patients through the
stages of early mobility.
“The mobility features on the bed may help us improve the patient’s outcome by
moving them around in the bed,” says Idemoto. “We can sit them up in a chair
position. We can also actually put the chair position down to the floor. All we
have to do is take the foot of the bed off and the patient can put their feet on
the floor and maintain some balance and weight on their own and begin to
strengthen their whole body. When they’re ready, they can stand right up and
walk out of the bed with some support and assistance.”

The Progressa bed system is available worldwide. For more information on the
Progressa bed system, please visit

Nurse executives attending the AONE annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, can
visit booth #701 to learn more about the Progressa bed system and other Hill-Rom
products and services.

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, surgical products 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.

Hill-Rom…enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers.

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