Friday, July 01, 2011

Procedure Tables Q & A

What are the key features to look for in procedure tables for a general practice?

The very versatility of procedure tables make them ideally suited for use in all types of practices. They are often used predominantly in specialized settings such as podiatry offices as well as for treating patients with limited mobility. Features to look for in these types of specializations as well as for general practice using include the ability to raise and lower the table for easy access on and off of the seat. Other features should include the option for a wide range of positions for the patient, which allows better access for doctors and medical staff. This additional ability to place the patient securely in any required position with the back rest, head rest and leg rest all working independently provides a very secure feeling for the patient. This is just not possible using pillows, wedges or other types of support devices that may slip and move on the table's surface.

What features are available with tables for treating elderly or low mobility patients?

Elderly patients and those patients of any age with low mobility have considerable anxiety about getting up on traditional types of exam tables. The more chair like aspect of procedure tables combined with the ability to raise and lower the position of the table in relation to the patient's comfort level is critical for these populations. This not only prevents slips and accidents but it also saves staff from difficult transfers and possibly having to assist with lifts of a patient. Most of the models of tables can be lowered to 19 inches from the floor and then raised to a maximum height of up to 40 inches. Different styles of power tables will have different functions and ranges when it comes to lifting and lowering.

What options, if any, do I have for customizing the look of procedure tables?

With a range of different options for styles, there are still several different choices to customize procedure tables. The most common customization option is the color of the upholstery which will include basic solid colors as well as some patterned options that will match with any type of office or examination room color scheme. Different models may also have a variety of colors of frames. While the most common is a beige or cream color there are darker and lighter options available as well.

Stirrups, additional can also be included to convert a procedure table into a table for OB/GYN examinations. Patient guards, which are idea for adding security and safety features to the table, are an accessory that is not only functional but also very practical for use with a wide range of patients. Mobility of the table itself may be an important consideration in some facilities and customizing with casters as opposed to flat surface on the base of the procedure chair may be a feature that makes positioning the table a snap for staff.

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