What's the Difference Between the GE Giraffe Omnibed and the GE Giraffe? - Soma Technology, Inc.

What's the Difference Between the GE Giraffe Omnibed and the GE Giraffe? - Soma Technology, Inc.What’s the Difference Between the GE Giraffe Omnibed and the GE Giraffe?

Both the GE Giraffe OmniBed and the GE Giraffe are incubators, but what’s the difference? Both of these incubators are used to facilitate the neonate’s transition from the uterus to the external environment. Both Giraffe incubators can be used in two main operating modes:

  1. Air Control: The air temperature inside the incubator is set to a certain temperature for maintaining the desired patient temperature. The inside air of the incubator is read by a probe on the compartment wall.
  2. Patient Control: This setting allows the clinician to set the desired temperature of the patient. A skin temperature probe senses the patient temperature and feeds this information to the controller for the incubator. The controller then adjusts the heater output to maintain the patient temperature at the set value.

Both incubators have the same incubation operating modes, so what’s the difference? Keep reading learn the difference!

The main difference between the GE Giraffe OmniBed and the GE Giraffe is that the GE Giraffe Omnibed can also be converted into a conventional infant radiant warmer. The GE Giraffe is only an incubator. The GE Giraffe OmniBed can save you space in your delivery rooms and NICUs by only needing one unit for both needs. But, sometimes your facility doesn’t need the added 2 for 1 feature that the Giraffe OmniBed offers; this is where the Giraffe comes in. If you need help deciding whether your facility needs the Giraffe OmniBed or the Giraffe, please email [email protected] or call 1-800-GET-SOMA. Call to be connected to one of our dedicated sales representatives to help you make a decision.

The Importance of Incubators and Warmers

Incubators and infant warmers are necessary in pediatric hospitals, birthing centers, and neonatal intensive care units. They are used to provide a stable and safe environment for newborn infants. Neonates can’t regulate their body temperature as effectively as kids and adults and quickly lose their body heat. This is why incubators and infant warmers are important after delivering a baby from their heated area, to the outside world.


Incubators are more often used for infants who were born prematurely, with an illness, or disability. This makes babies more vulnerable during the first few months of life. They are fully enclosed in controllable environments that can be used to protect infants from a range of possible dangers. As stated above, incubators are fully temperature controlled and they also help insulate from the outside noise; making it easy to rest. Incubators help protect the neonates from germs and airborne irritants like dust and disease.

Infant Warmers

Once neonates are born, and no immediate illness’s or disabilities are known, they are usually placed in an infant warmer to get checked out by the physicians.

GE Giraffe OmniBed Features

The Giraffe OmniBed combines the features of both an incubator and a radiant warmer. When used as an incubator, a fan and heater beneath the bed circulate warm air through the closed infant compartment. The Infant can be accessed through little doors on the sides of the compartment. If more access to the baby is needed, the OmniBed’s canopy rises and the unit can convert into a radiant warmer while maintaining the baby’s temperature. The Giraffe OmniBed allows a full range of procedures without disrupting the baby.

Boost Air Curtain

Boost Air Curtain - Giraffe Omnibed - Soma Technology, Inc.

When the OmniBed is being operated as an incubator, and the doors will be open for an extended length of time, pushing the Boost Air Curtain button increases fan speed and improves open door thermal performance. While the Boost Air Curtain is activated the fan runs at a higher speed and raises the noise level in the compartment. This mode will automatically deactivate after 20 minutes.


Timer - Giraffe OmniBed - Soma Technology, Inc.

The Giraffe OmniBed has an integrated timer built into the menu screen.


Trend - Giraffe OmniBed - Soma Technology, Inc.

The OmniBed has a trending screen that will graph temperatures from two patient skin probes if they are installed in the jacks. The air temperature is read at the compartment probe, and the set temperature entered during the time period. The graph also shows what control modes and the heating power percentage. The OmniBed was on during the trended period.

Servo Control Oxygen System

Servo Control Oxygen System - Giraffe OmniBed - Soma Technology, Inc.

The servo control oxygen system is a fully integrated option available on the GE Giraffe OmniBed. During operation, noise levels in the infant compartment are unable to be heard. Remote oxygen sensors are mounted inside the unit under the bed. The oxygen concentration is set using the integrated display, and is easily calibrated with a push of a button. The servo control oxygen system allows the administration of oxygen with virtually no intrusion to the infant. The set percentage of oxygen by volume, ranging from 21 to 65%, is shown on the display.


Scale - GE Giraffe OmniBed - Soma Technology, Inc.

If the in-bed scale is installed, pressing the button will result in an audio prompt will sound and tell you to lift the baby from the bed while the scale zeros. Then will prompt you to replace the baby on the bed and calculates the infant’s weight. You can track the series of weights on the trend graph each time you weight the baby.

Servo Humidity

Servo Humidity - GE Giraffe OmniBed - Soma Technology, Inc.

The actual humidity is displayed on the display and allows you to select a set humidity for inside the compartment. The clinician can select the desired humidity level by pushing the knob to highlight the setting and turning the knob to increase or decrease the humidity setting.

Infant Warmer Operation

When operating the OmniBed as a radiant warmer, clinicians can select two modes: Baby Mode, and Manual Control Mode. Baby Mode is when the temperature is measured by a probe on the infant’s skin and adjusts the heat output to get the desired temperature. The OmniBed is also equipped with two patient temperature probe jacks for co-bedding of twins, or to monitor a single baby’s temperature from two anatomical sites. If the canopy is lowered while in Baby Mode, once the OmniBed converts into an incubator it will continue to run in Baby Mode. If the canopy is lowered while in Manual mode, the Giraffe OmniBed will operate in Air Mode as an incubator.

Refurbished GE Giraffe OmniBed Incubator

Like all of their products, Soma Technology, Inc. technically and cosmetically refurbishes GE Giraffe OmniBed Incubators and Infant Warmers. Soma Technology has a dedicated team of in-house biomedical engineers that are certified and trained to work on specific types of equipment. When a Giraffe Omnibed undergoes our refurbishment process, it first gets taken apart and all parts of the unit are tested. If needed, necessary parts are replaced and are tested. Then, the unit is calibrated back to the original manufacturer specifications before being cleaned and cosmetically refurbished. After the incubator is cleaned, it undergoes a special cosmetic restoration process where minor scrapes and dents are repaired before being re-painted for a nice clean and new finish. After the GE Giraffe OmniBed is looking and working like it did the way it originally left the manufacturer, it goes through a final quality control test before being labeled patient-ready. Soma Technology prides themselves on providing high-quality medical equipment at a fraction of the price from the manufacturer. We offer refurbished Giraffe OmniBeds at up to 50% below OEM prices while still offering the same service and warranty as the manufacturer. Purchasing medical equipment from Soma helps your facility save money and prolong your budget throughout the rest of the year.

Pre-Owned and Used GE Giraffe OmniBed Incubators

Not only does Soma Technology specialize in refurbishing GE Giraffe OmniBed incubators, but we also purchase used and pre-owned incubators too! The medical equipment has to come from somewhere, so if you have used Giraffe OmniBed incubators in your facility and you are trying to free up some floor space you can sell them directly to Soma Technology, Inc. Soma Technology will handle all of the logistics of purchasing your medical equipment without the need for a middle man. Our equipment purchasing process is headache and hassle-free with our experienced and dedicated procurement department. If you would like to sell our used or pre-owned medical equipment to Soma Technology send us a message here!

Final Thoughts

Did you know the difference between the GE Giraffe and the GE Giraffe OmniBed? Did you know that the Giraffe OmniBed can also be used as an infant warmer? Do you have used and pre-owned Giraffe OmniBeds that your facility is trying to sell? Drop us a comment below and let us know!

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