Many sports teams, even amateur ones, now have medical staff available throughout the game. An athletic organization that uses the same medical staff on an ongoing basis may provide opportunities for input as to what equipment they need to purchase. If you have the option to lobby for a particular piece of medical equipment, one of your first requests should be for a portable exam table.
Portable exam tables make treating the athletes much easier for all involved. These medical tables, which come in a variety of styles, sizes and types, are essential in allowing proper examination of any and all injuries right when they occur. Having portable exam tables at the side of the field or the sporting event means that the athlete doesn't have to walk or be transported great distances for a chance to get an examination. Unlike older models of tables and basic benches, the portable exam table offers a comfortable, secure surface for the patient at the right height that you need to make the most effective first examination. They can also double as taping tables before and during the game, giving even more practical uses to these very versatile pieces of equipment.
Portable exam tables can range in size from 48 to 73 inches in length, and typically measure either 29 or 31 inches in width. Telescoping legs allow for adjustment to the height of the table from 24 inches to 34 inches with most models and styles. Different options for height adjustment may be possible, especially with the deluxe exam tables. The weight bearing capacity of the tables will also vary, but most are approved for a dynamic load of at least 500 pounds and some have been tested with a live weight of 2500 pounds. It is important to remember that athletes will be jumping on and off these tables as well, which can lead to additional stress on the frame and surface area. By testing and verifying these tables at much higher weight levels than normal safety is assured.
Durability is a key feature in all types of portable tables. They have to be able to withstand the elements, including rain and sun. Materials such as Tufflex and marine-grade polymer are used to prevent the surface from being punctured, torn or cut by typical use. The surface is also very easy to clean and sterilize between patients and with a water resistant finish there is no concern with the padding becoming wet even in rain and wet conditions. Some treatment table models even offer the option of type of padding ranging from firm to semi-firm. The weight and storage size of the portable exam table is another consideration to keep in mind. The lighter and smaller the table is the easier it will be to transport and carry to and from games and events. It will also take up much less space in the equipment or locker room when not in use. Balancing the features and the size and weight of portable exam tables is a personal choice. In addition, it is important to consider the types of injuries you expect to treat, which can also be influential in choosing the right model for your needs.
MSEC remains dedicated to providing the very best and the very latest in medical supplies and equipment. We never cease to be on the lookout for the latest innovation that will benefit both our many clients and the patients they dedicate their lives to caring for. If you have any difficulty finding your choices in our vast inventory, call our customer service at 1-877-706-4480 to speed up your order or to make a special request. We are always happy to help you.