Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hi Low Table Q & A

I work with bariatric patients. Are hi low tables suitable for this patient population?

Specialized bariatric hi low tables are available that are stronger, rated for weights of up to 800 pounds, and with longer leg extensions of up to 80 inches total length. These tables are also wider than standard hi low tables with base widths of 30 inches for additional patient comfort and security. With fully motorized power backrests and power positioning features, this table is very stress free for the patient and also much easier for the staff to manage than a manual backrest or crank type of option to the table.

What features are available on hi lo tables to help patients transfer from wheelchairs and mobility devices to the chair with minimal staff assistance?

Some models of hi low tables provide optional or standard grab bars that mount to the center part of the table, which is the seat of the chair position when the back is raised. These grab bars are permanently mounted to the table and allow the patients to complete transfers with security and without the need for gait belts or additional staff support. Patients are also more secure in using the bars while moving about on the table as necessary during an exam or procedure. These bars are ideal for turning and shifting with the patient having greater control over his or her movements.

The lower the table goes in relation to the wheelchair or assisted mobility device, the more comfortable the patient will be. Most tables will lower to at least 19 inches from the floor, which is the correct position for a transfer from a wheelchair. The table can then be raised to a comfortable examination position for the doctor or medical staff.

Is there a low cost option to a hi low tables and what options do I have for a smaller medical equipment budget?

Motorized tables are relatively low cost when compared to traditional types of medical examination tables, especially the more deluxe models with all the accessories and features. However, even for those medical clinics with limited budgets there are still options for treatment tables that can be raised and lowered to help patients in getting on and off the table in comfort and with greater safety. One option is a crank hydraulic table that is manually raised and lowered using a simple crank system. This unique type of table is a flat table without additional back or leg rest adjustments, but it is very simple to operate and is highly practical and functional.

Other options include a one piece hi lo table that uses and electric motor to raise and lower the entire table these exam tables can be lowered to 18 inches and raised to 35. These tables use a scissor type mechanism that is open, allowing the motor to sit under the table for added convenience. These tables don't offer any additional storage space because of their design but they are very low cost and can be fitted with a variety of optional accessories.

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