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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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