How the LifeBed™ Patient Vigilance System Works

Track heart and respiratory rates without touching the patient

The Hoana LifeBed Patient Vigilance System provides a simple but highly effective solution for continuous observation of patient conditions. Unlike conventional monitoring systems that require attaching electrodes, cuffs, or sensors to the patient, no physical contact or connections are needed with the Hoana LifeBed system.
To use the system, the patient simply lies on the bed. Within seconds, sensors embedded under a mattress coverlet start capturing signals generated by the patient—even through bed linens and multiple layers of patient clothing. By tracking these signals, the system provides continuous vigilance, observing the patient when the nurse is away from the room. If the patient’s heart or respiratory rate strays outside of normal limits, the system will immediately alert the nurse via the hospital’s call system.

LifeBed alerts nurses of deteriorating patient conditions.
The Hoana LifeBed system alerts nurses of deteriorating patient conditions using hospital’s existing nurse call and paging systems.

Transform Ordinary Beds into Hoana LifeBed Systems

Any medical surgical hospital bed can be transformed into a LifeBed patient vigilance system. The system has two basic components—the LifeBed coverlet and LifeBed display.

LifeBed Coverlet

The LifeBed coverlet is a zip on mattress cover equipped with an embedded sensor array that collects complex waveforms generated by the patient. In addition to these sensors, the coverlet also has embedded pressure switches than can detect when the patient at risk for falls is attempting to get out of bed without assistance.

LifeBed Patient Vigilance System

LifeBed Display

Each coverlet is connected to a LifeBed display that continuously shows the patient’s heart rate and respiratory rate on a backlit screen. The display connects to any standard nurse call system and sends an alert if the patient’s heart rate or respiratory rate goes above or below the safe settings specified by the hospital or nurse. These settings are easily changed to accommodate the different physical characteristics of each patient.

The LifeBed display can also be set to alert nurses when patients at risk for falls are attempting to get out of bed without assistance, and will also play a recorded message reminding the patient to return to bed.

LifeBed Patient Vigilance System display screen

LifeBed System Features

Adjustable Heart Rate Alerts

Tracks patient heart rate from 35 to 200 beats per minute with user-adjustable upper and lower alert limits.

Adjustable Respiratory Rate Alerts

Tracks patient respiratory rate from 4 to 70 breaths per minute with user-adjustable upper and lower alert limits.

Fall Prevention Alerts

Sends alert through nurse call system if a patient at risk for falls attempts to get out of bed without assistance. An audible bedside message reminds patient to return to bed. Family members or staff can also record a customized bedside message using the patient’s own name and/or primary language.