The medical exam table is the focal point of any healthcare facility. It’s the first thing patients notice and the only tool they will use themselves, so finding the right table is important.
Which exam table is right for a given practice varies depending on the medical office, but offices in the market for new exam tables should keep the following things in mind:
* Size matters. Adjustable tables will better meet the needs of patients of varying heights and weights. Tables that recline also allow for seated and prone examinations, and tables with a lower treatment height can negate the need for a step stool. Lastly, consider tables that offer accessible transfer height, making it easier to accommodate patients in wheelchairs.
* Store a little more. Exam tables with storage capabilities offer medical offices an easy way to store extra gowns and gloves while maintaining a clean, obstruction-free space. Push-through drawers give doctors access to the materials they need from either side of the table.
* Keep it clean. Cleanliness is paramount in a medical office and an exam table that can be properly cleaned quickly ensures that new patients can be brought into a sterile environment without delays. Tables with a laminate base offer easy cleanup, and some tables offer bacteria-fighting paint or even a microbial guard.
* The right options for the right office. An exam table should match the needs of the office it’s in. Tables with armrests or lower treatment heights are perfect for senior visitors, while tables with pull-out pads, pans or stirrups may be beneficial elsewhere. Purchasing a table with options that match the needs of the office will reduce future expenses down the road.
What does your office need from its medical exam tables?
In the current age of medical enlightenment, people around the globe have access to expert care at a moment’s notice. Patients can drive a few minutes to urgent care or the nearest hospital, or call an ambulance that’s sure to respond quickly. And when they arrive at the doctor’s office, we can be certain the latest medical advancements are at their disposal: Cutting-edge techniques to reduce pain, and precise instruments to make our visit efficient and effective.
Great doctors over the years have universally had premium patient care in mind, but they haven’t always had access to the medical devices needed to do the job. Take a look at a few:
- Tonsil Guillotine. Open wide! Before antibiotics, infections could often lead to death. This vintage medical device slipped down the patient’s throat, then speared and snipped the troublesome tonsils.
- Dental Key. Stress ball needed! Before dental equipment and data caught up with patient needs, this archaic device was used to clamp a painful molar and wrench it free, roots and all.
- Osteotome. Not exactly cutting edge! Used for trepanning, or relieving under-the-surface pressure after a cranial injury. Doctors of old used this mini chainsaw to treat brain trauma; today, the tool has been updated (to put it mildly) to help relieve pressure under a fingernail or toenail.
Thankfully, there’s no need for those scary tools nowadays. In fact, you can find every modern device you need for your office, from furniture and lighting to surgical instruments and AEDs at Medical Device Depot.
Creating the ideal office space requires more than just high-tech medical devices, monitors and equipment. In order to build a successful office, you need to focus on the basic medical office items as well. Stripping down your office to the most simple aspects will help you create a solid space that patients can appreciate.
It is important to really invest in quality items that will be used frequently. The items that get the most use during every visit are the furniture. No matter what the patient is visiting the office for, they will surely use either a chair, exam table or some sort of seat. Common cold, heart monitor check-up or a broken bone, each visit requires some sort of questioning and examination of the patient. If you don’t have furniture that makes patients feel relaxed and welcome, you will be off to a rocky start. In short, the backbone of any medical visit is the medical furniture.
Look for essential pieces that stand up to years of use, as these are the items that will be used day-in and day-out. From blood-drawing chairs in the lab to wall-mounted file holders, you will want to ensure that each item is made of sturdy, easy-to-clean materials. Attention to the small furnishings will help your patients feel more at ease and it will make work much more manageable for them, too. These details will truly set your office apart from the neighboring practice.
To find the perfect furnishing for your office, check out the selection of medical furniture available at Medical Device Depot
Having the latest and greatest medical equipment isn’t just a competition to keep up with the Joneses. Having the best technology available will help you to provide patients with the best care you can give them. While a solid medical practice doesn’t rely on the equipment alone, these tools will enable you to do your job more efficiently and allow your patients to feel more at ease.
One of the most standard pieces of medical equipment in a room is the exam table. It is often the first thing patients come into contact with and it can set the tone for the entire visit. If you have an outdated table, it is about time that you upgrade. A new exam table will:
- Give you the latest add-ons
- Extra storage space
- Adjustable heights for easily getting on and off
- An electric recline button
- Antibacterial materials
- Maintain a professional appearance
- Keep patients comfortable with resilient cushioning that isn’t worn out
- Refresh your practice
A simple revamp of a few staple items will help to give your practice the little boost it may need. Investing in quality items that are used frequently will keep the practice running smoothly overall. Focusing on the essentials like an exam table will help you build your practice from the ground up.
Exam tables are a staple of every medical office. In order to properly examine patients, medical professionals must be able to offer the patient a comfortable place to both sit and recline. A patient who is well supported will feel more comfortable throughout the visit and this will allow doctors, nurses and assistants to perform to the best of their abilities.
As with most medical devices, constant updates mean that it’s important to do plenty of research research to find the best version of a given product. Exam tables may not seem like they need constant updating, but from time to time, even these staples feature new innovations that medical professionals will want to have in their offices.
- Accessible transfer height – Making the table accessible to patients in wheelchairs is important, but the table will have to be adjustable back up to regular height for the exam.
- Bacteria-resistant surface – In medical offices every extra bit of sterilization helps, and some chairs and tables offer bacteria-fighting paint or a microbial guard.
- Chair to table recline – This keeps the patient comfortable.
- Extra storage space – There is never enough room for extra equipment, especially items that doctors typically need on hand during an exam, such as gowns and gloves. Having pass-through drawers allows access from either side of the table.
What features do you want in an exam table?
Patient comfort is a priority for your medical practice. From the moment they walk in the door they should feel at ease, but it is especially important when they are in the exam room. Whether they are in for a routine visit or something more pressing, the environment should make them feel welcome and safe.
This feeling should continue even as your patient sits down on the exam table. Feeling uncomfortable during an exam can make the process feel like it lasts a lifetime, so take every measure you can to ensure your patient is at ease. Starting with a comfortable exam table will make the visit easier.
Decide what your practice needs from a table: drawers, stirrups, reclining back, leg extension and/or step ladder. Once you have all the necessities, make sure the seat padding is comfortable and cushy for your patients.
If you are looking to expand your practice by building additional exam rooms or if you simply need to update your existing exam rooms, you will need to invest in new exam tables. Take a look at Medical Device Depot’s large selection of high-quality medical exam tables. An experienced representative will be able to discuss each product with you to help you find the table that will best fit your practice and best suit your patients.
Throughout 2013, Clinton Industries is supporting breast cancer research through their extensive line of medical tables. For every 8870 Family Practice Table with mulberry upholstery purchased in 2013, Clinton will donate $100 to cancer research organizations.
For more information on this offer or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Winco has increased standard weight capacities to 350 lbs. on several of their premier clinical recliners. Recliners featuring the increased weight capacity include the following models:
This change was brought about by customer demand for a recliner with increased weight capacity, yet without the increased size of the Winco XL models.
“We heard the voice of the customer stating that they needed a standard width chair at a higher weight capacity” stated Jim Ankoviak CEO of Winco in a recent press release. He added: “Our goal has and will be to continue to listen to customer needs and give them the best products, great customer service and an outstanding value. ”
For more information on Winco products, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.