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January 13th, 2010
Hospital furniture may seem like a rudimentary subject, but a great deal of engineering goes into a lot of the furniture in today's modern hospitals.
Even the mattress fabric is sophisticated. Silver antimicrobial nanotechnology helps protect surfaces, while just underneath, air is flowing through a complex system of air bladders further preventing skin breakdown. The acute care beds are also heavier and accommodate a lot more peripheral equipment - for instance, a C-Arm can slide underneath the bed for in-room imaging. "With this design you have less of the arm lifts and a lot of things are moved out of the way, which creates a unique architecture," says Butler.
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