Hospital stretcher: how to choose the right model

A stretcher is the key piece of equipment for patient transfers in hospitals. However, their application varies greatly from one hospital ward to another. Therefore, before deciding for a model, consider carefully how it should be equipped so it allows a good workflow in your unit. Here are four points you should think about.

1. Use in different departments

The differences among stretcher models arise mostly from how stretchers are used in hospital departments. If you need a trolley primarily for transporting patients, it may be simple such as Stretcher SL: large castors, comfortable lying surface, sturdy safety rails, Trendelenburg position. But, when it comes to a stretcher used in the emergency department, it has to offer much more: mattresses of different thicknesses with or without handles, besides the Trendelenburg position, a seated position preferably with a knee angle, a high safe working load (320kg), X-ray permeability. In the Novak M’s range, you can find 4 models to suit the most demanding working conditions.

2. Patient safety and comfort

Ensuring patient safety and comfort must be the decisive factors when choosing a stretcher. The key to safety is the safety rail. Novak M’s safety rails feature a patented solution that makes it stronger, more durable and safer. A thick mattress and patient positions that support patient’s medical condition are crucial for patient comfort. Often, when a patient is settled on a stretcher, there is nowhere to put their personal stuff.  Choose a stretcher that features such space on its base.

3. Features for staff

Stretcher features that support medical staff are equally important. Especially in larger hospitals, where patient flow is higher, it is important to invest in equipment that helps improve the patient flow. A stretcher trolley should allow the staff to be faster and more efficient at their tasks in terms of ease of operation, maneuverability, height adjustment. The latest Stretcher X2 model has taken a step forward here. The castors can be operated from all 4 sides, the handles are lowered for easier access to the patient in critical situations, it features hydraulic height adjustment, an optional fifth wheel and it is 17 kg lighter than its predecessor.

4. Accessories

Stretchers are available with a wide range of accessories to facilitate easier care. Think about your department and what patients need most. An infusion stand, an oxygen bottle holder, space for devices under the head section, foldable push handles, fixation rails and many others can make all the difference.

Make the right choice

We hope the four points will help you choose a stretcher model that will take patient care and treatment to a higher level for both staff and patients. If you need expert advice, contact our sales team.

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