While you’re in a hospital, you might hear the sound of wheels as equipment is pushed along the halls. Medical casters make it possible to maneuver large pieces of equipment and patient beds from one area of the building to another. There are various sizes of casters that will coincide with the size of the equipment. Most casters have brakes on them to make it easier to stop the item being moved. Many of them also swivel to make it easier to get items around corners.
Most of the latest medical equipment has become smaller, which can save hospitals money. It also allows for the equipment to be taken to the patient’s room instead of disrupting the patient and taking the bed to another area of the hospital. X-ray machines and others that perform tests and allow for treatments can easily be taken to the bedside of the patient with the help of casters on the bottom of the machine. This is a benefit for patients who might be too ill to get out of bed or to handle the movement of the bed.
Many casters will support the weight of about 1,200 pounds. You will often see them on food carts that carry trays for the patients. Most hospitals aren’t set up to offer a lot of recreation of a change of scenery during the day. Casters on the bottom of patient’s bed or a chair that is easy to maneuver in the hospital will make it easier to take the patient to an area where the patient can see outside. If the patient is in a chair, then it’s possible to go outside instead of staying indoors. A caster can also be placed on an IV pole or a vital statistics machine, which can make it easier for the patient to take these items with them when they need to have a procedure completed or if they want to get out of the room. If patients and doctors are able to move equipment as easily as possible, it often makes treatment and recovery faster, increasing the morale of everyone in the building.