Need new exam tables for your healthcare facility? From keeping patients and caregivers safe to meeting health codes and sticking to your budget, choosing the right tables for your hospital or private practice can be challenging. We’re breaking down the different types of exam tables along with their benefits so you can have a comprehensive look at what to expect before you start shopping.
Treatment tables are the simplest form of exam table, and they are commonly found in physical therapy facilities and other medical areas where similar treatments are performed. These tables are padded for comfort and upholstered in healthcare-grade vinyl for easy cleaning. Some have a shelf or storage drawers underneath the seated area, but treatment tables are generally quite simple and meant only to provide basic functions needed in an exam area.
Standard box tables are found in most exam rooms. These feature the same padded vinyl seats as treatment tables, but the backrest of the chair moves up and down either pneumatically or electrically so you can easily reposition the patient as needed. Box tables typically include a heavy-duty step to assist patients in getting onto the table, which is raised high off the ground so that the exam can take place. Storage is often included within this type of healthcare table so you can keep that hospital gowns and paper rolls nearby.
Tip: Choose a box table with dual access drawers when outfitting a small exam room. This ensures that healthcare providers can get to the contents of the drawers easily, no matter the location of the exam table.
ADA Exam Tables
If your facility sees many patients that might have trouble getting up into a box table (including the elderly and individuals with disabilities), then consider equipping your exam rooms with ADA exam tables. These tables have an electric lift that the patient can simply step or be placed onto that then rises and brings them up to the seat. Not only does this make doctor visits easier and safer for patients and caregivers, but it also provides a more dignified experience for the patient, ensuring they will always feel comfortable during their appointments.
Tip: If you’re considering adding ADA exam tables to your healthcare facility but are deterred by the high cost, know that tax credits are often available to lower the cost of ADA tables closer to that of the average box table.
Procedure tables are designed for use while medical professionals perform minor procedures. Most of these have an adjustable height feature and preset positions to make performing these procedures easier. Like treatment and box tables, they often include storage and are upholstered in easy-to-clean, antimicrobial vinyl.
Specialty Exam Tables
Specialty tables are used in specialty medical exam areas such as radiology or imaging rooms. Accessories and special features like stirrups and drop windows help healthcare providers provide the best care in these settings.
Mobile Exam Tables
Mobile exam tables are movable via integrated lockable casters. This feature allows caretakers and cleaning crews to easily move the tables to clean or rearrange the room as needed.
Pediatric Exam Tables
If you work in a pediatric care facility, then these tables are just what you and your patients need. Pediatric tables are smaller than standard treatment tables, typically sized appropriately for children of various ages. Most importantly, they’re designed with fun art and bright colors that help make children feel more at ease when visiting the doctor—an experience that can be scary for young ones.
Exam Table Accessories
Most exam room tables are compatible with a multitude of accessories which you can usually order along with your table. These accessories include but are not limited to stirrups with or without warming capabilities, drainage trays, and movable armrests.