The Keckler team not only proudly sells Skytron surgical tables, it is also the factory authorized service center for them, providing expert advice about their care and maintenance.
A question that often comes up regarding surgical tables is how to safely move them out of an operating room – whether for maintenance or because a different table is needed for a specific procedure.
Bill Harrington, a senior technician at Keckler, offered these tips:
- It is recommended that two people work together to move tables.
- Unplug the power cord before moving a table. Running over the cord can damage it and risk safety problems.
- Always make sure the brakes are unlocked before trying to move a table.
- Never use the emergency brake release to move a table unless there is an actual emergency. If the emergency brake is used, it must be reset before it is operational again.
- Always push a table; don’t pull.
- Push tables so that the casters are in the front. Pushing in the wrong direction can damage the brake pads.
- Never pull a table by its power cord. Doing so can damage the cord, cause sparks or possibly an electrical shock.
- Never pull on the head section or the leg section of a table. They can come off and operators can lose control of the table.
- If a table starts to roll away out of control, let it go. Tables weigh between 600 and 700 pounds, depending on the model. They can injure operators who try to stop them.
- Once the table is properly positioned, lock the brakes.