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Portable Chiropractic Tables Q & A

Thursday, July 28, 2011

What options and features are available with portable chiropractic tables?

Portable chiropractic tables can be essential for providing patient care in nursing homes, hospice settings, at sporting events, or for home health care providers. Since the portability factor prevents all the features of standard chiropractic tables, is it is important to carefully evaluate the feasibility of a portable model. Surprisingly, there are portable chiropractic table models that offer a range of features that make them a very practical and ease to use table. These tables can include a variety of features that include different heights, a face and head support that can be positioned in ten different variations, a foot and ankle extension for full body stretches and work, and padded hand rests for patient security and comfort.

How large are portable chiropractic tables and how easy are they to transport?

Depending on the specific size and type of portable chiropractic table, the portability factor will vary. There are models out there that offer a full 66 inch by 21 inch table surface with sold braced legs that fold up into an easily carried rectangular shape.  These models generally only weigh 32 pounds, but amazingly, have been live weight tested with 2,500 pounds and static weight tested to 10,000 pounds. This is an important consideration, since patients will be moving about and different amounts of pressure will be applied to different areas of the chiropractic therapy table during treatment. Since the table is so well balanced and supported there is no concern with buckling or giving, providing maximum support and comfort for the patient.

I work with a sports team and am putting together a recommendation for equipment. What options do I have for providing chiropractic services in a field house without the need for a costly adjustment table that cannot be moved when the team is on the road?

Many sports teams require the use of a portable chiropractic table to treat injuries, muscle spasms and aches, as well as joint problems while traveling on the road. However, many teams cannot afford both a stationary table as well as a portable chiropractic table. A good option is to purchase just the portable option, which can be left in the field house or in a storage area when not in use. The other advantage to a portable option is that it can also double on the sideline or in the visiting field house or locker room as a treatment table. These chiropractic tables are very versatile, and can double as taping tables as well. With strong construction and a lifetime warranty on many models, they are a great investment.

Portable tables are also easy to transport in most vehicles. They will certain fit into an equipment truck, team bus, or other mode of transportation. At less than 35 pounds, these tables are easy to move and locate as needed. Their small compact size when folded also makes them easy to store in equipment or locker rooms when they aren't required.

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Neck Traction Devices Q & A

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What is a good option for a highly portable neck traction device that can be used in a variety of settings with minimal down time for the patient?

Portable neck traction collars are a simple to use and easy to transport option that can be instrumental in pain relief and management for those with chronic spine issues. This device, which is like a donut, slips over the head to the neck and then is inflated with a hand pump like a blood pressure cuff. However, instead of increasing the pressure inward, the air inflates the ring that pushes up on the chin and down on the shoulders, slowly and gently extending the cervical spine. It can be used when the person is sitting or standing, there is no requirement for the user to be in the supine position as with some other types of neck traction devices.

How safe is the pneumatic cervical neck traction device to use for a patient?

These devices are extremely safe to use. However, they are not recommended for recent injuries or for use without doctor's recommendation. These neck traction devices have a quick release option that allows the pressure on the traction to be released if any pain occurs when the pneumatic pressure is building. In addition, the hand pump feature prevents sudden increases in traction that may cause injury to pain if applied quickly.

Patients need to report any pain, discomfort, or changes in movement or stiffness to their doctor when using any type of home traction device.

Are there different sizes in neck traction devices and is it important to have the correct size? Can they be adjusted?

The pneumatic cervical neck traction devices do come in different sizes, as do the portable neck traction models. The pneumatic models are available in standard, large and wide. Standard or regular and large fit approximately 95% of all patients. Most women will easily fit a standard or regular size, with men using the large size. The wide option has the ability to correctly align to correct the position of the spine and can be used with both men and women. These can be ideal for pain management and mild decompression and exert up to 25 pounds of continuous pressure to relieve pressure and stress on the spine.

Collar style portable neck traction models come in a variety of styles to fit different neck dimensions. The sizes include small which fits a neck of 10-12 inches through to 2XL which is suitable for a neck that is 20 to 22 inches. To find the appropriate size simply measure at the widest part of the neck, the base, and choose a size that reflects that measurement. If your measurement is right on the outside range of one size, consider going to the next size for maximum comfort.

Adjusting the sizing on these traction devices is not recommended. Selecting the correct size to begin with will provide the most safe application of traction, and will reduce the risk for the user.

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Back Inversion Tables Q & A

How do users stay securely in place when using back inversion tables?

The ankles clamps and foam supports on the foot of the back inversion table is what holds the user in place while in the inverted position. These can be straight, or molded for additional comfort and support. Some tables come complete with a tether strap that attaches the frame of the equipment to the back rest, allowing the user to preset the level of inversion that can be obtained prior to actually inverting. The frame also contains soft grip handles that can be used to support the individual through the inversion all the way to full inversion.

Are back inversion tables a good idea for all patients or are their individuals that should not use these devices for home use?

Most individuals can safely and effectively use high quality inversion tables. It is important to look for those that have a weight capacity that exceeds the weight of the user, have a warranty from the manufacturer, and that are made with a rugged frame that won't slip, bend or move when the equipment is in use. It is also important to look for commercial grade steels used in construction and ankle holders that are safe, non-slip and comfortable when in use.

Patients who have neurological conditions, respiratory conditions or cardiovascular conditions should not use a back inversion table until cleared by their doctor. People that are in recovery from surgical procedures, head or neck trauma, hip replacement surgery or any spinal injuries also should consult with their neurologist, orthopedic surgeon or primary care physician before using the equipment the first time. Any concerns with continued use should be reported to the doctor and the use of the equipment discontinued until cleared by a medical professional.

What are the suggested health benefits to using back inversion tables at home on a regular basis?

Individuals that use back inversion tables as part of a fitness or wellness program at home report a variety of possible benefits to including this equipment in their fitness routine. Since the inversion table allows all the weight of gravity and the body off of the spine and many patients report a greater range of motion for stretching and moving the shoulders and upper body. In addition the weight through the legs and hips allows better blood flow to the heart, improving circulation and providing relief for muscle and joint pain in the legs and hips.

Other users report that that the regular use of the table can provide increased pain relief due to decompression of the spine. People may use back inversion tables with tension and stress headaches and chronic types of pains and report improvement in some cases. Some models of inversion tables required the patient to rock in the inverted position, using their arms to create the rocking motion. This is reported to increase energy levels, oxygen levels in the blood, and even improve mental clarity and functioning.

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Chiropractic Tables Q & A

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What features are offered on different models of chiropractic tables, particularly adjustment tables?

Depending on the specific type of chiropractic table you are considering, there are a wide range of possible options and features. Most come with several different choices of upholstery colors, typically with a neutral colored base or frame. Some of the stationary types of chiropractic adjustment tables also include hardwood legs instead of the traditional steel and powder coat frame options.

Most chiropractic tables will include armrests as part of the standard table features, although the shape and position of the armrests can vary from design to design. Paper roll holders, cutters and options of thickness in padding and foam on the table are also common features that vary between tables. Some tables also offer tilt or articulating headpieces that are idea for patient comfort and easy positioning.

Adjustment tables can vary in length, width and height with some offering the option to adjust the table up and down while some come built at a standard height, usually 22 inches. Other differences between tables can include the manufacturers warranty which, in some chiropractic or traction table models, can include a limited warranty of up to five years. Despite the various options and features between tables the price range is fairly consistent for these basic chiropractic tables. Shopping online can help in reducing the cost of the equipment and getting the best possible deal.

Are there portable chiropractic tables that are lightweight and easy to move from room to room?

Portable chiropractic tables are designed to be easily folded and moved by just one person. These tables are great for use in a variety of patient rooms or for those that work out of their office at hospices, nursing homes or community based medical programs. These tables are designed to be sturdy and long lasting, even if they are routinely moved from location to location. The features for portable tables are similar to standard tables, allowing the chiropractor to have the same support when working with patients regardless of the location.

I know there are a variety of different models of chiropractic tables that offer both flexion and decompression. What are some of the features of these types of tables?

As with most types of medical equipment, there are different features offered in chiropractic and traction tables that offer both decompression as well as flexion possibilities for patient treatment. Some tables offer tables that are designed to accommodate for both manual flexion and distraction as well as automatic flexion and decompression. These tables typically include the features such as a tilting headpiece that provides options for a wide range of head and neck positions. A thoracic release will also be an important consideration with this style of table as is an optional auto-flex feature. The ankle extension feature provides additional support for the patient as well as allows for greater stretch options. These types of tables also have all the additional features you expect. This includes arm rests, foot controls for height and positioning as well as a choice of upholstery colors to match your décor and color scheme.

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Traction Table Q & A

Friday, July 22, 2011

What are the basic differences in the styles of tables on the market today?
With a large range of models and options available in traction tables the features that make each model unique and different tend to vary greatly. Most of the tables offer similar strength and stability, but some provide the option of customizing the table at the time of purchase for a cervical traction seating adjustment. In addition, some models offer universal rails for connecting traction units to the tables with ease.

Other features include a bar type control that is used to lower and raise the table for easy access to the table. This bar takes the place of a foot or hand control, and because it wraps around the entire table, can be accessed easily from any point without cords on the floor or around the table area. Flexion stools and traction brackets may also come standard with some models while not with others.

The number of sections to traction tables that can be independently positioned is also a variable. Some tables offer a two section option while others may include as many as seven. The more sections that can be independently positioned the greater the range of positions possible for the patient.

Can traction tables be raised and lowered as needed and how stable are they at the top range of extension?

A high quality traction table will be equally stable in all positions from the base low position to the level of full extension. For different tables the possible range in heights can be more or less, however a low of 18 inches with a high point of up to 38 inches from the floor to the top of the table cushion offers most therapist a comfort zone based on their own height. The head section, if it raises, can increase the height off the floor of the head, shoulders and upper body. Likewise, a multi-section table that allows for elevation of the feet and lower or upper legs can do the same.

What options are available in traction tables and is there one feature that is most essential?

The key features for most traction therapists and doctors when it comes to selecting a traction table is versatility and strength. Versatility is important so that a patient can be positioned on the table as required with the least amount of effort on the part of either the therapists or the patient. Traction tables that only allow one position without additional pillows, wedges, or other devices are much more challenging to work with and don't provide the patient with the same levels of comfort and support as those with multiple option positioning.

Another important consideration for the rehabilitation therapist is how rigid and strong the table is all positions. If the table is unstable, wobbly or feels unsecured to the patient he or she is not going to be comfortable and relaxed, creating muscle tension that will hinder the traction session.

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Cervical Traction Units Q & A

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I have patients that travel frequently and need a simple, lightweight option. What cervical traction options are good recommendations to make to these types of patients?

Business men and women, retired people, and those that just enjoy traveling don't have to give up this aspect of their lives just because they use cervical traction units. Most of these devices for home use are designed with portability, durability and safety in mind so they are easy to take with you. Depending on the type of cervical traction units you select, there is a range of features that make them convenient for people on the go.

The least portable option is the over-door cervical traction unit. This is because the attachment over the door has to be adjusted and clamped and unclamped each time the device is moved. While this doesn't make it heavy or awkward to pack, it does mean that there can be difficulty in reaching the top of an interior door to located the frame for the headrest and weight.

Patients may prefer a simple head harness, neck roll and weighted bag option, although in these cases the bags are pre-set with weight. They are light, however, only weighing either three or five pounds, very easy to pack and transport. Pneumatic devices are also lightweight and use air pressure, meaning there are no additional weights to carry and move.

What is the average cost of cervical traction units for home use?

Cervical traction units have a wide range of prices, depending on the style, model, and technology included in the specific type of traction device selected. Simple models that are sold as three or five pound traction systems are less than one hundred dollars, and in fact they can often found under sixty dollars on online medical supply websites. With replacement parts readily available for these simple systems they are extremely low cost options.

Pneumatic collar type cervical traction units tend to be moderately priced with most ranging between four and six hundred dollars. They can exert more traction force and have several built in features that make them easy to use and very comfortable for the patient. The most expensive options in cervical traction units are the therapy quality traction devices that are very similar to those used in therapeutic treatment. These units are usually priced at between five hundred to a thousand dollars, with discounts available through online medical companies.

What is the biggest benefit to a patient to purchase a home cervical traction unit?

Patients using home cervical traction units are able to replicate the same types of stretch and pressure relief options available through therapy. This means greater opportunities for pain management without medications, fewer trips to physical therapy as well as the possibility of avoiding neck surgery until a full assessment or recovery period can be completed. Since these devices are low cost, very safe to use, and highly practical, they are a benefit to anyone needing regular traction for injury treatment and chronic neck and back pain problems.

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C-Arm Tables Q & A

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What types of material are C-Arm tables made of to allow such as wide range of imaging space on the table's surface?

The C-Arm table can have a variety of materials used in construction to create the large imaging spaces possible with the table. Most are made with a carbon fiber without any metal, although there is also the possibility of a fiber resin top. It is not uncommon for a high quality table to have up to 56 inches of metal free imaging surface on a table that is 22 by 84 inches. These tables will also be able to support patients up to 500 pounds, perfect for use in virtually any general medical setting or specialization office or clinic.

Are all C-Arm tables adjustable when it comes to height and is there a difference in price between fixed and adjustable options?

There are both fixed height and adjustable C-Arm tables available. Adjustable tables are controlled with lift motors as well as tilting motors for easy adjustments. Foot and hand controls can both be included with most models, plus these tables also come with a power kill switch which can be activated as required. Most of these tables will weigh approximately 375 pounds.

Fixed height tables may be a good option for use in both pain management settings as well as for imaging. These tables are a standard 31 inches in height and are a good option for use with most C-Arm equipment as well as ceiling mounted medical equipment that has been installed with the use of these tables in mind. Often, fixed height tables are rated for higher weights than the adjustable models. Adjustable tables can be rated for weights of up to 500 pounds whereas fixed height models are often suitable for weights of up to 650 pounds. The fixed height models don't require any electric motors and are therefore less costly than the adjustable options.

What accessories are available for C-Arm tables?

There are a wide range of options and accessories available for C-Arm tables which are one of the major reasons these tables are so popular and so common in all types of medical imaging, pain management, and multidisciplinary practices. Basic accessories for the table include a table extender, which can allow up to twelve additional inches to the head of the table, perfect for neck imaging and cervical spine treatments. A butterfly pillow option is anther commonly used accessory that inflates to form a soft encompassing cushion for the neck, lumbar region or any other part of the body. They are inflated with hand pumps that allow customization for each patient.

Arm boards are another accessory that comes in handy in imaging and multi-use settings with C-Arm tables. Flouro-extenders are another example of a removable radiolucent device that provides additional surface imaging space only where it is needed. Side rails for the table provide patient security, protection and comfort, especially when the table is use to transport the patient on the table.

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Hi Lo Tables Q & A

What options are available to fully customize a hi lo table?

Customization options for hi lo tables will vary based on the specific model, manufacturer, and the needs and requirements of the doctor and medical staff. Common customization options include the upholstery color and style, which can vary from a solid color to more of a patterned or textured appearance. There is a wide range of colors with most companies, many having 10 or more possible color selections.

Other options include the location of rails, drawers, and controls which can be to the right or left side of the table. This allows easy access to materials stored in the drawers or cabinets based on the room orientation and set-up. Some hi lo tables also provide the option of having the table on casters for easy mobility or on standard non-skid feet for secure and permanent positioning.

Is there storage space under most hi low tables or what options do I have for keeping equipment close to where I need it most?

There are many different storage options in hi lo tables. Some models offer one or two drawers that are located under the central portion of the table. These drawers can be designed to be opened from the left or right side of the table or they can be adjusted to open to either side. There are some tables that are designed with cabinet space under the table, typically these are the flat table designs. These cabinets will usually have adjustable shelves and may also include drawers above the cabinets or on one side of the base.

Storage space in any hi low table will be limited as the power motor or the hydraulic pump needs to be located within the unit for safety. The scissor type hand crank tables will have no storage as well the medical lift type tables that are open frame design.

What are the typical measurements for a standard or bariatric hi low table and is there a great difference between models?

Depending on the particular style of table there can be differences in measurements and specifications. Typically, most of these hi lo tables will raise and lower between 19 and 35 inches but some models will drop down to 17 inches. The width of the tables will vary with 27 to 30 inches a typical measurement with the bariatric chairs often wider.

Some models of hi low tables are designed to be used more as a chair while others are literally a table. The table lengths vary between 68 and 74 inches with some models up to 80 inches in length with the footrest fully extended and the back in the full horizontal position. Most are not shorter than 54 inches in the complete upright position.

Typically, most tables have a weight rate of 350 pounds, with bariatric tables constructed and tested for weights of up to 800 pounds. It is essential to carefully check the weight range of the table before using with bariatric patients for patient and staff safety.

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Portable Treatment Tables Q & A

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Can one person easily move and set up portable treatment tables, or does the process require more than one individual?

Portable treatment tables are designed to be easily taken down, carried and put up by just one person. Most of these tables are made from lightweight aluminum that is strong and durable, yet also manageable when it comes to actual weight. Most of the popular models, especially for sports teams or mobile medical treatment centers will weight less than 40 pounds, some as light as 29 pounds.

The legs of the table fold up and the bracing that provides the support and security for the table also folds up under the table top, creating flat surface. Many exam tables also fold in half and are easily carried using a shoulder carry strap in their own specialized soft case. This does depend on the particular model and the type of padding that is used on the top of the table. These treatment tables are all fully adjustable with regards to height when set-up. This is accomplished by the use of telescoping legs that also slide up and in when the table is in the storage position.

What options are there for customizing portable treatment tables?

Most medical supply manufacturers provide doctors, team managers, or equipment supply managers a choice of colors in the upholstery or material that covers the portable treatment table. Typically, colors range from blues through to black, greens and grays as well as reds. Some companies and some tables also offer the option of a team stripe color that goes across one corner of the table provided by some manufacturers. Other options that teams or medical staff can choose is the overall possible height of the table. This can range from 17 inches to up to 31 inches with options for various lengths also possible between models and brands. The frames of some portable treatment tables may also be different in design, providing options for customized painting to include team colors.

I have to use the portable treatment table in all types of weather. What are the best types of legs to consider or what can I use to prevent the table from shifting and sinking into soft soil or mud?

One of the most important features for outdoor use is stability of the portable treatment tables in all types of weather. This is doubly important as athletes or patients move on and off the table when weight is not evenly distributed across the entire surface.

Field feet are one option to stabilize the table on all types of surfaces. These are very wide saucer type of feet that distribute weight over a wide area of the ground, preventing any problems with sinking. Anther option are the bar type feet that spread the patient's weight over the entire width of the table. These tables are also good for a variety of surface condition. All tables will be less stable on very wet or muddy conditions where the surface of the ground is soft.

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Portable Exam Tables Q & A

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What is the most common use for portable exam tables?

Portable exam tables are most commonly seen at sporting events including community functions, marathon races, games, and virtually anywhere athletic events are held. These tables are also common at school sporting events and tournaments, especially once competitive levels are reached. Often at major community events such as concerns, parades or festivals, it is now common to have a medical tent or designated area and these exam tables are ideal for those types of events. Since they fold down for easy storage when not in use they are far less cumbersome to deal with than traditional types of tables, plus they can be easily transported in any type of vehicle.

There are also many other common uses for these medical exam tables. Mobile medical clinics, blood drives, emergency medical assistance programs and community crisis response teams often use these portable exam tables to set up crisis response centers in times of emergencies and disasters. Hospitals and clinics may also have a supply of exam tables to deal with crisis responses where there is a higher than average number of patients in emergency rooms or requiring emergency medical services in smaller facilities or hospitals.

Can portable exam tables be used indoors as patient exam tables?

Many schools use portable exam tables in their nurse's examination room or their team locker rooms. These exam tables may be permanent deployed and used as taping tables or sideline tables during a game or event, then positioned back into the locker room or equipment room for use as required between sporting events. Portable tables can also be used in smaller clinics or specialized offices where regular patient examinations are not common. Since they can be used when necessary and stored when not in use this a great option for those with smaller spaces that don't want a full permanent examination table.

How strong and durable is the covering on movable exam tables and what is it made of?

Portable exam tables are designed to be used in all types of situations and environmental conditions. This includes being in the rain or damp weather as well as outside in the extreme heat of the summer. With this in mind manufacturers of these lightweight and very durable examination tables have selected materials that are strong, light yet also incredible resistant to wear and tear.

Many tables use a marine grade polymer material that is literally designed for use on ships and boats. This material is extremely tough, and resists water, tears, punctures, mars, scuffs and other types of damage. In addition the material doesn't stretch or sag, ensuring that the table will stay looking great for seasons to come. Another common material is tufflex, also designed to be used outdoors without any signs of damage in typical environmental conditions. The material can be easily cleaned with soapy water and a cloth and can also tolerate most cleaners and disinfectants as recommended by the manufacturer.

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Operating Tables Q & A

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Manual Hydraulic Surgical Table

What are the average specifications and measurements of operating tables, and is there any variation?
Various models and styles of operating tables will have different overall specifications and measurements. Typically most tables will be between 79 and 83 inches in length with widths of 19 to 20 inches or wider with specific types of surgical needs. Surgical tables can also range in specifications as to how high or low they can be elevated. Most will range between 31 and 41 inches, which provides enough range for most doctors and medical staff to be very comfortable even when performing longer duration surgical procedures.

Other specifications will also vary from table model to model. Some offer more or less range of motion in the Trendelenburg features, the lateral tilt, the back rest adjustment and the head section adjustment. Since there is a variation it is essential to consider the specifications of each table model as they related to your specific requirements for surgical procedures.

Are there a range of accessories that are standard with operating tables and does this vary by model and price?

As a general statement, the more expensive and state of the art that the operating table is, the more accessories are built in and come with the specific model. In addition there may also be a greater range of additional accessories that can be purchased separately. Typically, most operating tables will include a head rest, shoulder and arm supports, arm boards, stirrups and leg rests. Additional accessories on the more deluxe models can include clamps, lateral supports and anesthesia screens. Choosing an operating table that has the accessories that you need is a time and cost saving factor and also allows you to have all the equipment you need.

What are the typical features that are essential to consider when choosing operating tables for a general surgical theater?
Most medical facilities have several features that they have to consider when choosing surgical tables. The most important feature is usually the flexibility of the table to allow surgeons to complete a variety of procedures. This means that the table has a range of positioning and movement possibilities that don't limit the types of procedures that can be done using the table. The other major consideration for most facilities is the overall cost of the table. This is always a factor that is viewed in combination with the overall versatility of the table. A hospital or clinic may be able to get more for their budget by choosing a more expensive state of the art table that will allow a greater number of surgical procedures.

The specific operation of the table may also be an essential consideration. Some medical staff may prefer a manual hydraulic table over a electric table since the movement for the patient can be smoother and more easily controlled. Split leg design or single leg rest component is also an important factor if the table is to be used for a variety of different types of operations and medical procedures.

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Hi Low Table Q & A

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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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Power Examination Tables Q & A

Friday, July 08, 2011

Do power examination tables take up a lot of room in the examination room and how can this be handled in smaller clinics?

Power examination tables take up less room than standard examination tables since they can be kept in the upright seat or chair position when not in use. This also allows patients to feel comfortable in stepping into and out of the power table since there is no step up or stool that is required to get on and off of the table. The measurements of the table when in the upright position will vary slightly depending on the model but it is typically less than 60 inches, which extends to 70 inches or more when the foot rest is extended and the table is in the supine position.

This makes storing and using the power exam table easier than a traditional medical table in any size setting or examination room. For specializations such as podiatry, OB/GYN, orthopedics or geriatrics these tables are a great addition to any patient exam or consultation room. 

What is the typical range of motion and positions on power examination tables?

Most power examination tables will provide for a range of options in positioning of the backrest and the leg rest independent of each other. This allows the medical staff to place the patient exactly as needed for ease of examination or treatment. Height of the table can range from 19 inches up to 35 inches for patient safety and comfort getting on and off. The leg section can positioned to allow the patient's legs to sit at a 90 degree angle over the edge, or the leg rest can actually be elevated up to 10 degrees on some models. The backrest typically can be positioned between 0 and 75 degrees, with some variation in the elevation based on the specific model. The additional stirrups will extend out from the lower sides of the table frame providing a full range of positioning of the patient's legs as required.

What additional features come on most types of models of power examination tables?

Depending on the specific model of power exam table that you select there will be different features offered. Usually the more deluxe models offer the greatest range of features and surprisingly these tables are usually not much more than the middle range tables in price. You can also shop around and find many of the deluxe models on sale at some of the best medical supply companies online, which really helps to stretch your medical equipment budget.

Some of the features that are found on the more deluxe models of chairs include specialized foot controls that allow hands-free movement of the chair up and down. The backrest may also be fully pneumonic to provide a very smooth, natural movement to raise and lower the table backrest up to 75 degrees and back down to horizontal. Features on a power examination table may also include built in storage drawers, concealed stirrups and the option of drawers and controls on either the right or left hand side, depending on the doctor's preference and room set-up.

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Pediatric Tables Q & A

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

What is the major advantage to using pediatric tables rather than standard treatment or examination tables for children?

Pediatric tables are designed to be child friendly, and much safer for smaller children than a standard treatment or examination table. Kids often find that the size of an adult examination table makes the experience much more stressful since they are so small in comparison to the equipment. Of course the safety ledge that is always on pediatric tables with scales is also not present on a standard adult examination table. Having that additional ledge provides safety for children, particularly infants, and is usually found on all three external sides of the table's top.

Pediatric tables are also designed to be practical, and they have drawers, shelving units and other equipment storage combinations that can be adjusted as needed. There is also the option for an open bench type of design that makes the table look more like furniture rather than medical equipment, which can help decrease stress and anxiety in children of all ages.

I want to make my examination rooms really child friendly, are there any tables that are popular with both boys and girls?

All the favorite themes found with pediatric tables are great for both girls and boys. While cars and trucks may have once been associated with boys, that is certainly no longer the case. Girls will also love climbing into the cab of the truck styled table and pretending to drive while Mom and Dad and the Doctor all talk. In addition favorite themes of rainforests, pets, safari animals, under the sea murals and outer space is great to get conversation going with any child. Other favorites include a variety of animal themes from penguins through to Dalmatian dogs that are doubling as firefights in a cute fire truck themed treatment table. Parents will also appreciate the extra touch that helps put their children at ease while at the doctor's office.

Colors are very important with children so the laminated designs on tables are great for adding that dazzle and light to the room. This also allows you to color coordinate with your favorite colors with ease since there are so many different colors in the designs on the front of the tables.

What other types of specialized equipment would you recommend that could be coordinated with pediatric tables to keep exam rooms in a particular theme?

Themed medical equipment that matches with pediatric tables makes staying to a décor style easy and stress free. You can also choose to go with a brightly colored table or scale and then use the alternate big furniture item in the room in the theme. In addition nurses, technicians, and even the doctor can all color coordinate scrubs and coats to match the themes in the rooms, perfect for staying professional while also adding a touch of fun to everyone's day.

It is important to ensure that all paint used on the products, including the tables, scales and other equipment, is child safe. Laminated surfaces are also important in providing durability to the surface.

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Treatment Tables Q & A

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

What types of treatment tables are best suited for a clinic or doctor's office examination room with a high patient appointment rate?

When there are high volumes of patients per treatment room, having tables that are low maintenance and easy to clean is very important. You should also look for one that is easy to prepare, and has everything self contained in the table. The standard, or traditional type of treatment table that is constructed of steel with durable vinyl upholstery is often the best option. These tables have a variety of features that make them both practical, as well as cost efficient. They include drawers that can open from either the right or left side, depending on your preference, as well as a slide out shelf that can be used for writing or additional working space for doctors, nurses and technicians. These tables also have a built in steel footstep that allows patients to have easy access to getting on and off of the table without the need for an additional step stool in the office.

Are there any options for "green" treatment tables that will allow my clinic to be recognized as being as environmentally conscious as possible?

Wooden treatment tables made with hardwood frames are considered to be very ecologically friendly plus they give a warmer, less institutional look to your patient treatment rooms. These tables come a variety of different finishes and styles with open storage, shelving and drawers, all based upon your preference. Designed to be very solid and sturdy, tables with a wood frame are always popular as an alternative to traditional metal or steel frame styles.

I need a treatment table, but don't want it to always be taking up space in my consultation room. Are there any options out there or do I need to continue using a standard table?

There are several options for saving space, and still having a full sized treatment table in your consulting room or patient examination room. One option is to consider a foldable treatment table. This is a unique design of table that mounts to your examination room wall with a floor supported wall mounting plate. This plate connects the top of the table to the wall. When not in use, the table top folds up against the wall and the legs fold in, creating an open space in the room. These types of tables are standard sized, 72 inches long by 24 inches wide and 32 inches high, but they are not adjustable. They hold up to 350 pounds and are a great option for a field house, doctor's office or consultation room.

Another option is a folding table that has the leg rest fold down or slide into the cabinet, shortening the table length by 16 inches when not in use. This type of examination table may also have a manually adjustable headrest as well as cabinet space under the table to serve as additional storage area. The leg rest can be retracted or folded down when not in use, greatly decreasing the amount of space required for the equipment.

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Procedure Tables Q & A

Friday, July 01, 2011

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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