Choosing the Right Examination Table

An examination table allows healthcare professionals to position a patient in order to examine them.

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  • How do you choose the right type of examination table?

    Three main criteria need to be taken into account when choosing an examination table: the type of examination to be carried out, the type of patients it is intended for, and the place where it will be used.

    Favero gynecological examination table

    Favero gynecological examination table

  • Should you choose an examination table or an examination chair?

    Your choice between an examination chair or table depends on the patient’s position during the exam.

    • Supine or prone position: In this case, you should choose an examination table.
    • Sitting or reclined position: In this case, an examination chair is the ideal option.
    LEMI Group electric examination table

    LEMI Group electric examination table

  • What are the most important features of examination tables?

    Once you have selected the type of table best suited to the exams you want to carry out, several characteristics of the table need to be taken into account before making a purchasing decision, such as the adjustment options, the weight supported by the table, and its dimensions.

    • Adjustment options and ergonomics: Examination tables with adjustable backrests and adjustable height are in high demand, as healthcare professionals have to systematically adjust the table for the patients and procedures to be carried out. These models make it easier to observe the patient and offer greater comfort not only to the healthcare professional but also to the patient themselves. Tables with adjustable headrests are very practical for certain medical procedures and physiotherapy treatments. There are also models with adjustable armrests, which allow the patient to be more comfortable during long procedures.
    • Power: In addition to examination tables with manual adjustments, there are other types of power systems, such as electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, etc.
    • Height: In most models, the height of the table can be adjusted via a switch or a manual system (mechanical or pneumatic). Some have a very low minimum height so that elderly patients and/or those with mobility difficulties can get up and down the table more easily.
    • Capacity (maximum weight supported): You should choose an examination table suitable for patients of different weights, including obese patients. Most examination tables have a maximum capacity between 150 kg and 200 kg. Pediatric models often have a lower capacity. For offices that regularly see overweight patients, examination tables with a maximum capacity of up to 350 kg or 400 kg are recommended.
    • Table weight: Examination tables are usually relatively heavy, but there are portable examination tables. If you have to move the examination table frequently, it is better to choose a model with an aluminum frame or an examination table with wheels. Folding examination tables generally take up less space and are easy to store.
    • Dimensions of the table: It is important to pay attention to the table’s dimensions, especially if you have little space, such as in a narrow office.
  • What options and accessories are available for examination tables?

    There are several secondary features to consider, such as the upholstery and frame materials, as well as available storage compartments and accessories.

    • Upholstery, padding, and frame material:
      • Upholstery: There are various types of upholstery options, which can be synthetic or smooth, and easily sterilizable. One of the most common materials is vinyl because it is non-porous, resistant to fluid penetration, and easy to clean.
      • Padding: The quality and durability of the padding are essential for greater patient comfort.
      • Frame material: You should also pay attention to the materials used for the examination table’s frame, in particular the quality of the metal or wood (type of wood, solid or not, etc.). If you opt for metal, it is advisable to choose a table with a stainless steel frame or, for a portable examination table, a lighter aluminum frame. Wooden tables have a more classic style, easily blending in with all types of decor.
    • Available storage compartments: It can be very practical to have everything you need to carry out certain medical procedures at hand. Examination tables with storage compartments allow professionals to store small examination devices, gloves, bandages, gowns, or medical records, depending on the space available. In physiotherapy clinics, examination tables with shelves and/or drawers are common. Frequently used materials such as certain massage accessories, physical therapy tapes, towels, oils, or creams are placed here. For storing medicines or fragile or expensive equipment, it’s best to choose a model with lockable compartments.
    • Customizable examination tables can hold various accessories, depending on the medical specialties for which they are intended. For example, models for gynecology offices should have two specific leg supports. Offices that receive different types of patients and perform a variety of procedures must be equipped with versatile examination tables that are easy to adapt to a wide variety of needs. Some models include weighing systems, medical examination lamps for general practice, examination sheet roll holders, etc.
    Malvestio examination table

    Malvestio examination table

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