Gumbo Medical LLC offers a range of patient-friendly, used medical exam tables from brand-name companies such as Ritter and Midmark. When shopping for refurbished hospital equipment, it is essential to keep provider & patient safety as well as comfort in mind.
If you’re in the market for good-quality used medical exam tables, here are five features to look for.
- High-Low Features
- Adjustable Backrests
- Bariatric Capacity
- Safety Switches
- Power Controls
1. High-Low Features
ADA compliance is vital for any medical practice. Transferring individuals from wheelchairs is a risky business that can cause falls and injuries to patients and caregivers alike. An ADA-friendly exam table should feature the lowest seat height of around 18 inches and include power features enabling the table to be lowered and raised at the touch of a button.
Aside from individuals who use wheelchairs, children, the elderly, and maternity patients also benefit from high-low exam features.
2. Adjustable Backrests
Not everyone can sit upright comfortably without assistance. Adjustable pneumatic backrests add to patient comfort and help set them at ease. These can also help the provider put the patient in an optimal position, depending on the examination type.
3. Bariatric Capacity
Being able to support individuals of all sizes is a crucial aspect of any medical practice. While many standard exam tables can hold patients weighing up to 400 pounds, this might not be enough.
Instead of turning away heavier patients, borrowing special equipment from another facility, or calling in a lift team, consider sourcing exam tables with bariatric features that can lift up to 700 pounds.
4. Safety Switches
A “smart” exam table knows when something is wrong and can shut itself off to prevent injury to staff and patients. Think of electrical switches with ground fault interrupts that cut off immediately to prevent electrocution. Similarly, the best power exam tables have safety switches built right in.
5. Power Controls
A patient-friendly exam table is also provider-friendly. After all, you can’t provide optimal care if you get injured yourself. Power exam tables should include touch controls that minimize the physical lifting of patients and allow the provider to easily transition the patient’s position, whether you need to place them in Trendelenburg, Supine, Lithotomy, or another position.
Looking For Used Medical Tables?
At Gumbo Medical, LLC, we carry a variety of refurbished Ritter and Midmark exam and treatment tables, including the popular Ritter 222 model. Buying used medical equipment saves money without sacrificing patient comfort or safety, so call us today for more information or to place an order.