Essential Features of a Good Critical Care Bed

Joe Silva of East Providence, Rhode Island is an Account Manager at Stryker Corporation, a prominent medical equipment firm. He represents the Medical Division portfolio. Joe Silva serves a large customer base in Rhode Island and Connecticut, handling sales of hospital and critical care beds.

Typically used in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), critical care beds are intended for patients with severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries. These beds not only have to be conducive to constant, careful patient monitoring but also need to be comfortable and versatile. Below are four essential qualities of a good critical care bed:

1. A good support surface: A high-quality critical care bed has a specialty support surface that minimizes skin irritation, thus reducing the risk of ulcers and sores. A quality surface is helpful for treating wounds and providing skin care, as well.

2. Good connectivity: Patients in critical care units are severely ill and require close monitoring. Critical care beds need to be compatible with a wide range of medical devices and monitors and need to have a good alarm system to transmit notifications reliably to caregivers.

3. Versatile bed-positioning capacity: A patient may need to be shifted into specific positions for medical reasons or may require assistance with mobility. The ability to transform the position of the bed—for example, to turn it into a chair or angle the headrest in order to help the patient sit upright—is useful under these circumstances.

4. General ease of use: Critical care beds should have electronic brakes and be easy to maneuver. They should accommodate patients of all sizes, including taller or larger patients. All controls should be clearly marked in order to help with ease of comprehension. Finally, alarms should be easy to disable and re-enable so that they do not sound unnecessarily when a patient is being repositioned.


Joseph Silva – The Early History of Stryker, a Medical Device Company

Based out of East Providence, Rhode Island, Joseph Silva has enjoyed an extensive career in sales. Currently, Joseph Silva serves as an account manager with the medical device manufacturer Stryker and takes care of a large customer base located throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut.

For over 70 years, Stryker has been responsible for remarkable innovations in medical technology. Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the company was founded by Dr. Homer Stryker. Born around the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Stryker earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan and focused on orthopedic surgery. While receiving his degree, he invented a turning frame and walking heel so that patients could move with greater ease.

Initially, Dr. Homer Stryker cared for patients at his private office in Kalamazoo and considered his devices a supplement to his practice, but that changed with the outbreak of World War II. The wounded recovering from orthopedic surgery brought increased need for his inventions, which now included a surgical traction device and a cast cutter, and he turned his attention exclusively to the devices, concentrating on design and production. In 1946, he founded the Orthopedic Frame Company, which later adopted the name Stryker in 1964.