Stryker, a medical technology company in Kalamazoo, has developed a low-cost, limited release emergency response bed to help health care providers with care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company anticipates it can produce 10,000 beds a week.
“People are at the heart of what we do, and COVID-19 hasn’t changed that,” says 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.”
The bed is designed for use in everything from hospitals to pop-up care areas and includes a 6-inch-thick foam surface. It offers a 30-degree angle at the head of the bed to accommodate patients who have respiratory problems, including patients using ventilators. It also features a low height and an attached IV pole.
Stryker is pursuing making the bed available in select markets around the world. The company offers products and services in orthopaedics, medical and surgical, neurotechnology, and spine.