UAB Health System Opts for Posey Beds

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University hospital uses enclosed beds for improved patient safety and comfort; brain and head injury unit cites impact on fall reduction.

Universal Hospital Services is committed to helping healthcare facilities achieve their primary goals--high quality patient care and operational efficiency

The Posey Company, a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative and reliable patient safety solutions, announced the acquisition, via distributor rental agreement, of 18 Model 8070 Posey Beds by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System. The beds will be used primarily in the facility's brain and head injury unit.

Unassisted bed exit remains a cause of patient in-hospital injuries. However, efforts to restrain patients often are met with controversy and monitoring patients with one-to-one sitters is both costly and subject to human error. Enclosed beds deliver safety, while allowing patients to retain freedom of movement. As a result, the beds increasingly are a vital component in fall management protocols around the world.

Effective May 1, 2009, the UAB Health System is renting 18 beds from medical equipment lifecycle services company Universal Hospital Services (UHS). UHS distributes the Posey Bed Model 8070, which incorporates new end-user-driven features in flexibility, access, and security. The UAB brain/head injury unit uses an average of 14 beds daily in efforts to reduce patient falls. The hospital stroke and surgical rehabs also rely on the beds.

UAB's Deborah Walker, RN, uses the beds regularly to help achieve patient safety goals in the brain/head injury unit. "With higher usage, we definitely have seen a correlating decline in falls," Walker said. "An enclosed bed is a form of restriction, but it is the least restrictive. With the enclosure, a patient is safer. Without an enclosure, even with a sitter, a patient can still get up and fall. The bed really protects a patient from a fall. And, the patient also feels safe. The beds conform to and comfort the patient."

"Universal Hospital Services is committed to helping healthcare facilities achieve their primary goals--high quality patient care and operational efficiency," said Gary Blackford, Chairman and CEO of UHS. "When UHS delivers a Posey 8070 enclosed bed, we can take away the existing bed and store it, therefore providing a hassle-free fall prevention solution."

Posey Company CEO Ernie Posey said, "At Posey Company, we've dedicated ourselves to improved patient care since my father founded the company in 1937. Enclosed beds, which provide a secure environment for patients, are our newest product offering in the fall management area. Patient alarms, floor mats, and other fall management products also contribute to reductions in fall rates. That is what our mission is all about."

About Posey Company
Posey Company delivers innovative patient safety solutions--including products and in-service support for fall management, bed safety, wound prevention, wheelchair seating, and restraint--to hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and in-home care providers. Our offerings create care advantages for a wide variety of patients from pediatrics to adults, for brain injury, stroke, and even dementia patients. The company is headquartered in California and operates globally. Visit for more information.

About the UAB Health System
The UAB Health System includes all of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's patient care activities, including UAB Hospital, the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital and The Kirklin Clinic. UAB is the state of Alabama's largest employer and an internationally renowned research university and academic health center whose professional schools and specialty patient care programs are consistently ranked as among the nation's top 50; find more information at and

About Universal Hospital Services
Universal Hospital Services, Inc. is a leading medical equipment lifecycle services company. UHS offers comprehensive solutions that maximize utilization, increase productivity and support optimal patient care resulting in capital and operational efficiencies. UHS currently operates through more than 75 offices, serving customers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at

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