What should you look for in an examination table: 5 must considerations

Finding the right examination table for your private practice, a clinic or a hospital can make all the difference for your patients and your everyday work. Specific features can ease care delivery and improve patients’ comfort. But you need to know what to look for. Here are five must considerations.

1.      Adjustability

An examination table with adjustable head section will work for most practices. But before the purchase, think about your medical field and carefully consider all examinations and treatments that happen in your practice. Choose a model that allows all the different positions you need to place your patient in and that ensures maximum patient comfort. Height adjustable examination table will support your patients, those with impaired mobility in particular, allowing for easy access.

2.      Padding

Besides patient comfort which is essential so the patients feel more relaxed and at ease, the padding needs to be durable and easy to clean. Novak M examination tables, for example, feature a sealed padding that prevents penetration of fluids. Make sure you can add accessories to help you maintain hygiene such as a paper roll holder or a PVC cover.

3.      Customize!

An examination table has to support your tasks perfectly, so make sure you have an option to customize it. Specific accessories will allow for the most efficient use and ensure comfort during assessment of your patients. Accessories attached to fixation rails such as an infusion stand, an arm rest, a side table etc. can be right at hand and help you optimize your workflow.

doctor examines a boy sitting on an examination table

4.      Simple to use

Adjusting a table shouldn’t take much of your physical effort or time. Don’t be afraid to choose an electric examination table. For height adjustment, the circular switch is the most simple and comfortable as it is accessible from all sides of the table and activated by foot. If the table-sections are electrically operated too, make sure that the buttons on the hand switch are easy to understand and use.

5.      Weight capacity

If your patients are children, you don’t need to worry about weight capacity, but all of those who work with adults need to make sure that their examination table will withstand also some of their obese patients. Choose a construction that is sturdy and with a weight capacity at least between 200 – 250 kg.


It is important to know what to look for in examination table since this is a long-term investment and your comfort as well as your patients comfort depend on it. We hope these five considerations will help you choose a model for your medical office that will provide perfect support during examinations and treatments.

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