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How To Choose The Right Surgical Table For Your OR

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When it comes down to choosing the right surgical table for your facility’s operating room, there are several criteria to keep in mind. Patient comfort and safety are paramount, but you also have to work within the limitations of your purchasing budget.

Sourcing used Steris brand operating tables and equipment stands from Gumbo Medical, LLC is a smart, budget-conscious choice.

  • Patient Comfort & Safety
  • Stationary Vs. Mobile
  • Universal Vs. Specialized
  • Technical Criteria
  • Available Positions
  • Budgetary Concerns

Patient Comfort & Safety

Evaluating the safety of all surgical furniture is extremely important. Antibacterial and antifungal operating surfaces can help prevent infections from spreading. It’s also essential to choose equipment with anti-flammable surfaces.

For obese patients, the maximum weight capacity must not be overestimated; consider purchasing bariatric tables with width extenders to accommodate heavier weights and larger girths.

Stationary Vs. Mobile Medical Tables

Small facilities and outpatient surgery centers generally require mobile or portable operating equipment. More advanced, stationary versions may be more appropriate for hospital ORs. These can easily accommodate x-ray equipment and other medical equipment and offer more leg space for the surgical team.

Universal Vs. Specialized Surgery Tables

What types of surgery does your facility do? General surgery tables are less expensive than specialized versions and are still highly functional. General surgery, minor operations, gastroenterological, cardiovascular, and similar specialties do well with universal models.

Gynecological, orthopedic, and ophthalmic surgery generally require particular configurations and features not found on general surgical tables.

Keeping Technical Criteria In Mind

Some surgical tables are very basic; others have an array of features. Before making a purchasing decision, be sure to analyze the space available vs. the size of the equipment being considered. You can also check the model’s compatibility with accessories required by the surgical team.

Electric equipment will require an outlet close by, as opposed to pedal-operated hydraulic operating models. The surgeon’s height should also be taken into account vs. the height range of the unit.

Surgical Table Positions

The cheaper the operating room equipment, the fewer features are available. Most general surgery tables accommodate Trendelenburg and lateral positions, but depending on the surgery, you might need to place the patient in any of the acceptable surgical positions.

  • Supine
  • Prone
  • Lateral
  • Trendelenburg
  • Reverse Trendelenburg
  • Lithotomy
  • Sitting (Fowler’s)

Top Quality Used Surgical Tables

Purchasing refurbished operating room equipment can be a smart, cost-saving choice. It’s important to do your research and only purchase from a reputable company that is nationally recognized, like Gumbo Medical, LLC. For more information on our restoration process or to place an order for one or more used medical tables, contact us today.

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