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Types of Clinical Furniture

Tables

Tables in their simplest form are a plank or wood or metal resting on four legs usually made of the same material. Tables, in terms of clinical furniture, are an important part of the treatment and rehabilitation process. They come in various forms and types:

1. Treatment Tables - Treatment tables are simple tables specially designed to be used as treatment surfaces for patients as well as athletes in rehabilitation centers. They are sturdy, padded to increase comfort, made of breathable material, and are highly durable. There are six types of treatment tables:

  • Hi-Lo Treatment Tables
  • H-Brace Treatment Tables
  • Changing Treatment Tables
  • Bariatric Treatment Tables
  • Pediatric Treatment Tables
  • Adjustable Back Treatment Tables

2. Tilt Tables - Title tables are an integral part of the tilt table test. A tilt table is specially designed to help patients get back on their feet after undergoing treatment or surgery. It helps strengthen the extremities of the lower body. They can be adjusted to any angle between horizontal to 90°. There are four types of tilt tables:

  • Manual Tilt Table
  • Electric Tilt Table
  • Pediatric Tilt Table
  • Wheelchair Accessible Hi-Lo Tilt Table

3. Taping Tables - Taping tables are commonly used in sports, for speeding the process of taping and treating sportsperson. They are equipped with storage chambers, and a padded surface to enhance the experience of the user. They are available in flat, elevated, inclines, and height adjustable options. 


4. Work and Activity Tables - These tables are meant for use by the patient for rehabilitation and treatment therapies. They are commonly used for people who undergo rehab for motor disabilities and neurological disorders. They are not meant for the patient to rest on. .


5. Standing Tables - Basically designed for therapeutic needs, these tables are meant to support all weight bearing parts of the body. They are used to enhance posture control, gait, and perform a number of activities that enhance motor functions. 


6. Mat Treatment Tables - Shorted in height than treatment tables, mat treatment tables are meant for to give a comfortable surface for treatment and therapy. They are commonly used for massage, physiotherapy, and exercises. 


7. Traction Tables - These tables, as the name suggests, are used to allow the user to enter into a state of traction. Spinal decompression therapy or spinal traction is a treatment method to help correct the shape of the spine. The traction table is used to administer this therapy. Herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and other spine and back related conditions.

Chairs

With the basic concept of the chair in place, clinical furniture has its fair share of medically appropriate chairs with features that help a patient during or after the treatment process.  


1. Clinical Care Recliners or Geri Chairs - Specifically built while keeping the patient in mind, these clinical recliners or geri chairs are one of the most commonly used medical chairs in the world. The seat, the backrest, and the footrest, are all made to cater to people who are undergoing a treatment or have just come out of a condition. They have breathable material, padded surface, and a different range of reclining based on your preference.  


There are three types of clinical care recliners or geri chairs: 

  • 3-Position Recliners 

  • Drop Arm Recliners 

  • Preferred Care Recliners 

2. Phlebotomy or Blood Drawing Chair - The name though sounds like it comes from a horror movie, is not what it sounds like. A Phlebotomy chair or blood drawing chair is used by caregivers and medical professional to seat the patient while blood is either drawn from their body for test purposes, or is given to their body during blood transfusions.  


3. Pediatric Phlebotomy Chairs - Since the needle is a feared instrument among children, the table where it has to be used has to be friendly enough for the children. The pediatric phlebotomy chair has colorful and engaging designs for children, to distract them momentarily so that the necessary treatment can be given. 


4. Treatment Stools - Although they are not exactly chairs, but they are used for seating purposes, thus maintaining their spot among chairs. These stools can also be used as stepping platforms. They are small, sturdy, and durable. Then can easily support the weight of an average human being. They come in foldable, standard, and bariatric options. Some can also swivel and move around with the help of wheels.


5. Recovery Couches - Again, not technically chairs, recovery couches have now taken over the standard couches used in hospitals and care centers. They are also sometimes used in developing countries as treatment tables. They have a padded surface and are built to withstand heavy use.

Other Furniture

Other miscellaneous clinical furniture includes medical cabinets, medical carts, mirrors of different sizes and shapes, and privacy screens.