Medical equipment for blood collection centers
Blood collection centers
Blood collection centers are units in hospitals and medical clinics where blood and other samples are drawn. Patients come to the center with a prescription from a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, pharmacist, or dentist.
During a blood draw, the doctor, nurse, or medical technologist takes a small amount of blood, usually from a vein in the patient’s forearm for laboratory analysis. There are a few side effects from the blood tests.
Occasionally, the patient may feel pain when the needle is inserted. Occasionally, the patient may experience vagal discomfort, sometimes with a short-lived loss of consciousness.
To ensure patient safety, especially in the event of vagal shock, and to prevent occupational injuries to medical staff, it is recommended that blood collection centers have ergonomically designed medical equipment.
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The importance of using ergonomic medical equipment in blood collection centers
When healthcare professionals use medical equipment that is not ergonomically designed and adapted to their task, they are forced to adopt inadequate posture or use excessive force. This puts them at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders or occupational injuries. For example, a patient may experience vagal shock following a blood draw in a blood collection center. The caregiver should place the patient in a supine position with their legs elevated. If the patient is sitting in a fixed chair when blood is drawn, rather than in an ergonomic treatment chair, the patient may fall and injure himself. In addition, medical staff must move the patient on a stretcher, which requires significant physical effort and increases the risk of injury. All of these risks, for both the patient and the medical staff, are significantly reduced, if not eliminated, when using an ergonomic treatment chair, which can be quickly reclined manually or using electric mechanisms controlled by a hand-wired remote.
In blood collection centers, it is common for several healthcare professionals to share the same collection station from one shift to the next. Fixed blood collection stations, which cannot be adjusted to accommodate each worker’s height, are another example of poorly ergonomic medical equipment that increases the risk of healthcare professionals developing a musculoskeletal disorder, such as back pain, shoulder pain, tendonitis, or the like. With a height-adjustable worktable, healthcare professionals can easily work at the height they need and adopt a comfortable and ergonomic posture. This feature reduces the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder or chronic pain.
Ergonomic medical equipment, such as reclining blood collection chairs or height-adjustable workstations, effectively reduces the risk of occupational injuries and musculoskeletal disorders among healthcare professionals. The benefits include reducing the high cost of lost time due to occupational injuries and improving the quality of work life and efficiency of medical staff.
Medical equipment for blood collection centers: treatment chairs
One of the best treatment chairs recommended for blood collection centers is the HEMA+ chair. The HEMA+ is an excellent choice of ergonomic treatment chair for blood collection centers, as it was created specifically for these facilities. This chair offers several features that focus on ergonomics, safety, and comfort. For example, if a patient goes into vagal shock, the HEMA+ chair can be quickly placed in the horizontal or Trendelenburg position using electric mechanisms controlled by a hand-wired remote. An emergency handle for manual reclining is also available as an option.
To facilitate the work of medical staff and ensure patient comfort, the armrests of the HEMA+ chair are swivel, height adjustable, and even removable. Finally, the HEMA+ also offers features that focus on infection control and prevention. For example, the cushion fabric has been treated with an antimicrobial and tested to ensure it is resistant to cleaning products commonly used in hospitals and medical clinics.
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Medical equipment for blood collection centers: adjustable workstations
Height-adjustable workstations are recommended ergonomic medical equipment for blood collection centers, as they allow each healthcare professional to work at an appropriate position according to their height. These workstations are equipped with electric mechanisms, making height adjustment very simple and quick and requiring no physical effort. The height-adjustable worktables also offer several other ergonomic features specifically designed for blood collection centers. For example, the tabletop is made of a coating resistant to hospital cleaning products, and it is possible to add an opening for a biohazard container.
The height-adjustable collection tables also come with various ergonomic accessories, including monitor and keyboard stands, adjustable shelves with tube rims, and silicone collection armrests. The 325M armrest is an interesting addition to blood collection centers as it allows patients to easily place their arms in the right position for blood sampling while ensuring their comfort. Finally, it is worth noting that the collection stations can be custom designed to fit the space constraints of each collection center.
Other medical equipment for blood collection centers
An ergonomic medical chair can be an attractive option in combination with a height-adjustable workstation. Several models are suitable for blood collection centers, including the Capisco 8016 chair and its simplified version, the Capisco 8105 chair. Sitting in a static position for long periods impairs blood flow, leaving muscles vulnerable to injury and premature fatigue. The Capisco line of medical chairs addresses this problem by ensuring that healthcare professionals maintain an active sitting position. The chairs feature a uniquely shaped seat and backrest designed to allow healthcare professionals to adopt multiple ergonomic sitting positions throughout the day.
By allowing for variation in position, these medical chairs help healthcare professionals stay on the move, even while seated. The Capisco chairs are also height adjustable and suitable for standing work. This makes them ideal for height-adjustable workstations. Ergonomic office chairs are also an excellent option for blood collection centers given their comfort and ergonomic qualities.