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What are the standard measurements for an operating room table?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Since there are different models of operating room tables, there are some variations in the basic measurements. However, in general, most of the various operating room table measurements will range between 20 and 24 inches in width and up to 83 inches in length. Several of the various features that can be found on a specific operating table may make the overall length vary considerably with some tables only measuring 49 inches in length but then an additional 20 inches that can be added as an auxiliary tabletop or surface area by extensions to the leg section for the table. There are several advantageous to a smaller sized operating table. They can be easily positioned within an operating room or patient treatment area and take up much less space in the room, allowing for a greater opportunity for positioning of other equipment. With the option to remove the auxiliary piece or tabletop area, it only has to be used when necessary, allowing for easily movement and access to all sides of the operating room table. Is an operating room table only used specifically in operating theaters and for surgical procedures? With several of the new styles and models available, the typical operating room table or surgical table actually can be used for a wide variety of procedures. The stability as well as increased options such as backrests that can adjust to up to 45 degrees allows the physician to position a patient in the correct placement for several different uses of the chair. Often this type of operating room table is also used in OBGY and birthing units and patient care rooms. The split leg design of many of the tables further enhances its use as a multi-functional type of examination and operating table. Other new designs of operating room table models can also assist in specialized types of surgical procedures. Enhanced Trendelenburg positions prove to be a real asset in cardiovascular, chest, abdominal and urology types of procedures since the patient can be positioned to allow the operating room table to elevate the feet or head, allowing easier access and decreasing the difficulties of surgical procedures on a flat surface. What are some of the typical accessories that are included with the purchase of an operating room table? Although each company and even operating room table model will have slightly different standard accessories, most will have some type of head rest, shoulder supports and/or arm boards, lateral supports and some form of leg rests and stirrups. Additional features that may be found on some models include hand grips, clamps, anesthesia screen, and addition options for operation of the table and positioning. Although not a true accessory, the amount of movement or positioning possibilities of the table from the flat position will also vary from model to model, and may be an important consideration for specialized types of surgical procedures. The lateral tilt, kidney break position and the elevation of the table can all be important factors in choosing one model over another.

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