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Stopping the Slide: How Hospital Bed Design Can Minimize Active and Passive Patient Migration

Davis, Kermit G. PhD, CPE; Kotowski, Susan E. PhD, CPE; Coombs, Matthew T. PhD

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000205
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Patient migration, or the amount of movement toward the foot of the bed, has been shown to significantly vary because of the mechanical design differences in hospital beds. Previously, the amount of migration was measured immediately following head-of-bed articulation in healthy subjects. This study not only evaluates how much migration occurs immediately after head-of-bed articulation but also measures additional migration during a standard 2-hour repositioning period in subjects with limited mobility.

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Low Back Biomechanics and Workplace Stress Laboratory, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Davis); Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Kotowski); and Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Coombs).

Correspondence: Susan E. Kotowski, PhD, CPE, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences, 3202 Eden Ave, 270 French East, Cincinnati, OH 45267 (susan.kotowski@uc.edu).

Funding for this study was partially supported by Hill-Rom, Inc. Funds were held by the university. This research was performed at the University of Cincinnati.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Accepted for publication: May 7, 2016

Published ahead of print: August 5, 2016

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