Transporting patients in hospitals, rehab centers or other medical facilities can be challenging if the patient is immobile and can’t move on their own. In situations like this, a dependable, efficient and safe mode of transport is needed to take patients to and from appointments within the facility. This is why hospitals have so many wheelchairs because they need to cater to a wide variety of physical needs of patients.
There are many wheelchair choices for the disabled person from the standard manual chair, electric powered wheelchair and all terrain wheelchairs. All of these chairs have been useful for disabled persons, but in a hospital or medical facility setting, only one type of wheelchair is actually needed, the transport type.
Purchasing transport wheelchairs for hospital setting can be challenging due to the vast selection at the medical supply stores. For a hospital setting, you don’t need all the bells and whistles and some of the accessories are unnecessary. Before you make a final purchase, really think about what you need. It will save you money in the end.
Understand Your Needs
The required wheelchairs have to be stable and safe. They should be able to comfortably fit in the spaces of the facility and can be folded for easy storage.
Safety for Everyone
The standard kind of wheelchairs is not the most convenient for the patient. If the brakes are not properly applied, the wheelchair can slip out from under the patient and can result in serious injuries to the user.
Transferring the patients into and out of a wheelchair requires bending and carrying the patient, which can be a taxing task for nurses or attendants.
Ideally, a transport chair should be equipped with an automatic brake system. Once the attendant lets go of the handlebar, the automatic safety locking feature kicks in, locking the chair in position. This makes transferring the patient much easier and safer.
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