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Stretchers, Mobile, Hospital

Definition : Mobile stretchers designed to permit one attendant (e.g., nurse, aide) to transport a recumbent patient within a healthcare facility. These stretchers typically consist of a patient platform (may be height adjustable) mounted on casters of at least 20 cm (8 in) diameter. Most hospital stretchers provide mattresses to improve patient comfort, adjustable siderails to prevent patient falls, straps to restrain patients, and provisions for attaching and/or storing accessories required for treatments (e.g., intravenous poles, oxygen tanks). Mobile hospital stretchers are also frequently used as treatment tables in emergency, recovery, and labor rooms; they are also used as beds in intensive and specialized care units and as hospital beds during disasters and other high patient census conditions.

Entry Terms : "Hospital Stretchers"

UMDC code : 16786

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