We are creating an Adjustable Wedge Pillow and Convertible Bed-frame. When our products are used jointly, they offer an integrated solution to reduce incidences of common complications of hospital stays – thus rates of injury, morbidity and mortality. We are offering a cost-effective and improved alternative to existing hospital bed models to minimise patient suffering, maximise patient comfort and shorten hospital stays. Ultimately, we seek to diminish the burden encumbering hospitals worldwide – costing millions of lives and billions of dollars – through the scaled adoption of our products.
The Problem; Common complications affecting vulnerable populations take HUNDREDS of thousands of lives, and cost BILLIONS of dollars.
Falls are a complication that seriously injure nearly 10% of patients >65 in hospital (2% of this demographic will be admitted per anum!). They alone cost NSW, a single state in Australia of 7million people $558 million1, and the US upwards of $30billion2 every year!
DVTs (clots) affect up to 17% of immobile patients3 and kill 15% who have them dislodge4 – costing the US $27.3 billion a year5.
Pressure sores affect many in acute situations and in post-surgical recovery (or those with skin conditions). These last months to years and cost $129 000 per patient to treat, totaling a low end estimate of $11billion/year to the US6.
And pneumonias are the 3nd largest cause of hospitalisation after pregnancy and falls7,. They take over 950,000 children8, as well as many elderly, immunosuppressed and bed-bound patients disproportionately, every year.
And the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, cancers, other serious illnesses and disabilities are disproportionately affected – although ANYONE can suffer these fates in hospital!
The Adjustable Wedge Pillow:
A large number of people around the world suffer from conditions that a slant would solve, or at least mitigate.
This includes 70,000 Cystic fibrosis patients, 26 million heart failure patients, 42 million sleep apnoea patients, and a combined 718 million COPD and asthma patients with lung conditions. A flat position, particularly at night, not only receives the minimal assistance from gravity compared to a slant, but also means greatest force due to muscle mass is placed on breathing. Sitting up mitigates this. This sensation, and the wedge pillow’s impact, is actually what inspired our founder to go out and start Get To Sleep Easy.
Also, 7% of the world’s population – nearly 1/4 people in the developed world14 and up to 80% of expectant mothers15, suffer from acid reflux regularly! A slanted position decreases the angle of the esophagus (food pipe) entering the stomach, and makes it more difficult for stomach acid to travel up the esophagus too.
And finally, between 3 and 10% of the entire population suffer from chronic lower back pain. Over 25% of the elderly population, in fact16! The wedge pillow helps in this too!
Our wedge pillow not only adjusts to reach the optimal level required for comfort for these patients, but can also serve as an alternative to those $2000 – 5000 hospital beds, that comes in at less than a tenth of that price! Weight sensors map users’ movements and will alert caretakers when someone’s likely fallen or when they’re likely developing pressure sores. Breath sensors will alert carers or loved ones when people with Sleep Apnoea stop breathing. And the voice box not only guides patients through exercises, and allows them to communicate with nurses or loved ones, but it will also read to you. It produces white noise to minimise tinnitus.
Making this comfortable, and something people can turn to for comfort falls right into our mission at Get To Sleep Easy – to make life safer, easier AND more bearable for people when they’re most vulnerable.
This could make life easier and safer for millions in nursing homes, or those being cared for at home. NGOs in developing worlds are already interested in this cheap, portable hospital bed! And plus, it’s super comfortable for regular people too!
The Robotic Walking Frame
A key member of our team has done extensive research on walking frame designs.
And we’re utilising his knowledge to design a walking frame which collapses with patients to reduce the severity of falls, features a seat to allow them to rest, but most importantly, will be the FIRST EVER walking frame which COMES TO YOU. It will interact with your devices, or your voice, or to when you’re sitting on the edge of our Adjustable Wedge Pillow, and combat falls where they occur most.
And finally; our ultimate goal…
The Convertible Hospital Bed Frame:
Our bed’s sliding rails, chair feature, charging ports, weight sensors, bed pan chamber and intuitive IV pole placement reduce fall rates.
Massage prongs and air compressors situated by the legs (where the vast majority occur) reduce clot formation. Our contouring system, guided by weight sensors and timed to change, will reduce tissue pressure to normal levels in areas it detects patient inactivity.
Pneumonias are the 2nd largest cause of hospitalisation after pregnancy7,. It takes over 950,000 children8, as well as many elderly, immunosuppressed and bed-bound patients disproportionately, every year. The seated position, unique to this bed, allows patients be moved akin to in a wheelchair. This encourages patients to sit up which is recommended by surgical/physician guidelines around the world, and reduces time spent in hospital by 35%, equivalent to 2 days!
Additional features e.g. CPR board (increases survival in crisis situations) and inbuilt exercise/resistance bearing implements encourage patient movement, reducing muscle wastage.
So there you have it. Our Convertible Hospital Bed Frame, Robotic Walking Frame, and the Adjustable Wedge Pillow. We’re also creating a version of the hospital bed that’ll reduce rates of these illnesses in developing world settings.
Grab yourself a Wedgie, or some cool merch and other products that will help YOU Get To Sleep Easy today, or donate here! Or share us up with the hashtag #GiveMeAWedgie – and help make our vision a reality!
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