News April 4, 2018

How going from analogue to digital can improve healthcare

When LINAK released the basic OpenBus™ system based on the control box CO41 and the control panel ACOM for adjustable healthcare applications, it opened the doors to a number of beneficial features in regard to efficiency, safety, and patient comfort.

Exchanging the analogue actuator solution on, for example, your adjustable hospital bed with a digital system based on OpenBus™, you will immediately discover several improvements to your bed. The most distinctive being the change from one movement at a time to highly coordinated movement patterns. 

Instead of moving the backrest to the desired position, then doing the same with the leg support and perhaps finally lowering the bed height, OpenBus™ allows you to press just one button and have the bed go from a horizontal position to a TV/Chair position. 

OpenBus™ also enables Hi/Lo movement in parallel drive of two actuators. This ensures a 100% horizontal movement of the healthcare bed. 

Intuitive control panels to make it easy for everyone
The ACOM has one-button-touch with clear and self-explanatory icons on the control panel interface. This makes changing position extremely easy – both for the care staff and for the patient. The lock-out function is distinctly marked with a ‘key’-icon and allows healthcare staff to lock one or more actuators, preventing the patient from accidently causing harmful movements, for example, in case of a broken leg.


OpenBus™ helps you improve safety
Several features – even with a basic digital system – will help improve safety around your adjustable medical application. For hospital beds LINAK OpenBus™ systems come with trend/anti-trend functions as well as a CPR-button – making it possible to go directly to an emergency position with a one-button-touch.

In addition to this, going digital with LINAK ensures that your actuators stop immediately in case of short circuits or squeezed cables, i.e., no unintended movement can occur when you use a LINAK OpenBus™ system – basic or advanced.

In other words, going from analogue to digital, and thereby accessing the numerous value-adding features, is no longer overwhelming. A system consisting of, for example, the CO41, ACOM, a linear actuator LA40 with a hand control HB70 is an ideal and affordable start for a digital era in hospitals.

 

CO41

CO41
The control box CO41 is part of a family of OpenBus™ control boxes, all enabling manufacturers of adjustable healthcare equipment to offer a variety of additional control, movement, service, and safety features. The CO41, however, is ideal for many manufacturers wishing to upgrade from an analogue system to digital. Read more about the CO41.

 

ACOM

ACOM
The attendant control unit ACOM is the obvious choice if you want easy and intuitive OpenBus™ control of your hospital or nursing home bed. It allows the user to optimize comfort with smooth and gentle movement, while at the same time keeping safety control with hospital staff. Read more about the ACOM.

 

LA40

LA40
With the LA40, LINAK offers a durable actuator with high speed/high performance and a mechanical endstop for First Failure Safety, making it the right choice for the market of the future. The LA40 versions are rated up to IPX6 Washable DURA™ and have a very smooth design, enlarging their field of application due to easy cleanability and mounting flexibility. Read more about the LA40.

 

HB70

HB70
The HB70 handset control unit for electric linear actuator systems. The control has up to ten soft-touch buttons and comes with protection class and optionally as IPX6 Washable. Read more about the HB70.

 

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