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A closeup of the touch screen that programs many of the specialized features on the new bariatric bed in Rice Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Foundation event scheduled to raise funding for high-tech hospital beds


WILLMAR -- With a touch on a keypad, Angie Beyerl, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Rice Memorial Hospital, can automatically tilt the mattress on the ICU's bariatric bed, allowing a patient to be turned safely and comfortably.

Another feature gently inflates the mattress with circulating air to reduce the patient's risk of pressure ulcers.

The bed is motorized too, making it easier to transport patients for procedures such as surgery or imaging scans.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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