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What is the benefit of having a multi-section traction table?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Traction tables come in a variety of styles, with a great deal of variation on the number of sections on the table. The basic styles of tables often have two sections, while others may have standard three or four sections. There are some traction tables that offer up to seven sections, and these are often used in hospital settings as well as rehabilitation clinics and offices.
In general the more sections that are on the table the greater the range of movement of the table, allowing for easy positioning of the patient. This also may provide a much easier way for staff to correctly position the patient without the need to add additional portable types of supports to the standard types of traction tables.
A multi-section traction table may also allow for greater range of actual height of the table, providing the staff with easier access to the patient than a standard height or a fixed height traction table can provide. Since many of the standard two and three section tables also have lifting and lowering capacity this may or may not be as critical of a concern. Most tables will adjust between 21 and 41 inches, allowing for perfect positioning for use with any style of traction system.
What are some features to consider when selecting a traction table?
When considering a traction table there are several features that may be more or less important in specific clinics, rehabilitation or patient care environments. One option is to consider tables that have the option of a rolling lumbar section to the table that allows the patient to easily move into position without adding additional friction to the back. Another option with many of these tables is the option to remove the center pad or part of the center pad to add heating pads or cooling pads that can be a great way to provide additional care to the patient.
Of course finding a traction table that is compatible with the traction unit is essential. Most standard tables will work with standard traction units, however some tables are also designed to allow for angular pulls. Often these types of tables offer a turret mount for the traction unit which provides the option for this type of traction.
Control of the traction table may also be a huge consideration with different types of practices. Manual and foot controls a can provide very specific positioning from either side of the table, perfect for most general types of practices.
What is the typical warrantee on a traction table?
Knowing the warranty offered with a specific type of traction table is an important consideration for those buying medical equipment. Many tables offer a standard warranty of the table, which is considered to be the frame, then a separate warranty time for the upholstery. Depending on the model and style of the table this can often be up to six years on the frame and one to three years on the upholstery. Each table and manufacture will have a different warranty so it is important to verify the terms.

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How versatile is a C-Arm table for a smaller clinic, hospital or healthcare facility?

Monday, January 18, 2010

A C-Arm table is perhaps one of the most versatile pieces if equipment for any size of hospital, healthcare facility or patient treatment clinic. The optional C-Arm equipment that can easily mount over or on any C-Arm table means that this particular piece of equipment can be used in a variety of types of imaging, surgical, diagnostic and treatment ways. The many different positioning options on C-Arm tables easy adjust the table's position and height, perfect for working with stationary or ceiling mounted equipment.
In general a C-Arm table will have a higher than average weight capacity, with many models rated to suit patients up to 500 pounds. his means that these tables are ideal for bariatric facilities or healthcare services with bariatric patients.
What are some of the unique functions found on different models and styles of C-Arm tables?
Depending on the model, make and manufacturer, a C-Arm table can come with a variety of different options that make operating and using the table very easy and convenient. Some models come with a digital LED display that is mounted on the side of the table. This allows for immediate and real time viewing of the specific position of the table on all axes and also allows for pre-programming several different table positions which can be selected with the simple push of a button.
Carbon-fiber C-Arm table models may also offer several additional functions or features that make these styles of table ideal for pain management and imaging work. The table is extremely durable and also offers a maximum range of positioning for ease of staff access to the patient. These tables can be raised and lowered to between 25 and 43 inches, ideal for any requirements.
The metal free imagining space is also an important feature or function to be considered when selecting a C-Arm table. Some models offer a standard metal free area for imaging while others offer extended surfaces of up to 56 or more inches. These tables all work with standard C-Arm imaging systems, making them very versatile.
What accessories can be purchased for a C-Arm table?
There are several different additional items or accessories that will work with many of the standard types of C-Arm tables. A very practical and space efficient type of accessory is a carbon fiber arm board. This device, which folds in two for easy storage, simply slides under the pad on a C-Arm table to allow the arm or the leg to be positioned for imaging. The carbon surface provides a metal free environment for imaging, without bulky arm rests that are permanently in place on the C-Arm table.
A butterfly pillow is a great option for providing additional patient comfort while they are positioned on the C-Arm table. This inflatable pillow can be adjusted for each patient, ensuring that the neck and back is kept in a comfortable and correct position for imagining or treatment.

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