If you work in the medical profession, then you know that there are some items that can be very heavy to transport. It could be a bed with a patient or a machine used for x-rays. Medical casters make it easier to maneuver all of the pieces of equipment throughout the hospital or doctor’s office without a lot of effort.Casters are often seen on hospital beds as they make it easier to wheel patients to various areas of the hospital for testing. There are usually brakes on the casters to make it easier to lock the bed in place so that the bed won’t move with the patient. The casters allow you to easily move patients by elevator. It’s also easier to move patients who might not be awake or who are medicated and can’t get out of bed but still need to have scans done or other medical services.
IV poles often have one or two small casters on the bottom. They allow the poles to be moved while the IV is still attached to the patient. This is a convenience for patients who are able to go outside while in the hospital so that they can still receive the fluids and medications that they need. Casters on IV poles are also a benefit for those who are in surgery or who are going to surgery. You can easily move the pole beside the bed so that the patient gets the medications to be put to sleep without getting another IV line placed.
Wheelchairs sometimes have small casters on the front to make it easier to turn the chair. You will also find casters on the large pieces of equipment, such as x-ray machines. This allows staff members to take the machine into a patient’s room instead of moving the patient and disrupting the patient’s comfort. Casters are easy to add to any piece of equipment, but they should always be kept clean so that they function properly. You also need to make sure the caster is the right size for the piece of equipment as small ones can break under the pressure of a large machine.
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