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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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