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A modular hospital bed and method of patient handling which permits a patient to remain on a single hospital bed from admittance to and through discharge from a hospital, thereby reducing the number of patient bed surface-to-surface transfers and the number of hospital beds. The method comprises providing a plurality of rollable modular beds, assigning a patient to one of the modular beds upon admittance to a hospital emergency room, providing a plurality of retrofittable modules for selective removable securement to the modular beds, with at least one module being provided from each of a patient transport module group, critical care module group and ambulatory/rehabilitation module group, and transforming the one modular bed as the patient is treated in and transferred from the emergency room and transferred to, treated in, and transferred from the surgery room, the critical care unit and the med/surg unit, and finally discharged, by securing to and removing from the one bed selected ones of the retrofittable modules thereby tailoring the one bed to the needs of the patient at any point from admittance to through discharge from the hospital.

Title
Modular hospital bed and method of patient handling
Application Number
8/230061
Publication Number
5513406
Application Date
April 21, 1994
Publication Date
May 7, 1996
Inventor
John D Vogel
Columbus
IN, US
John W Ruehl
Shelbyville
IN, US
Ryan A Reeder
Brookville
IN, US
L Dale Foster
Brookville
IN, US
Agent
Barnes & Thornburg
Assignee
Hill Rom Company
IN, US
IPC
A61G 7/00
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