refers to all
movable objects which may support the human body viz. seating furniture
and beds, provide storage, or hold objects on horizontal surfaces above
Hospital furniture comes in various shapes and sizes, it can be as
general as a chair for the waitng area at the reception or a
specialized product such as a delivery bed. It can be made from many
materials, including metal, plastic and wood. Furniture often entails a
variety of woodworking, metallic or plastic joints that lend
adjustability and flexibility to it. Storage furniture used in
hospitals often comprises doors, drawers, and shelves and is used to
contain smaller objects such as clothes, tools, instruments and other
Since hospitals are institutions providing health care treatment by
specialised staff and equipment, their needs for furniture are often
different from the household furniture users.
General hospital are a well-known type of health care institutions
dealing with a number of diseases and injuries and usually have an
emergency department to handle acute threats to health. General
hospitals are the most important health care institutions in their area
and typically house a large number of beds for both intensive as well
as long-term care. They also offer specialized facilities for
laboratories, surgery, plastic surgery, childbirth, etc. Consequently,
their requirements for medical furniture vary with their size and the
different types of health care services they offer.
Speicality medical care facilities include rehabilitation centers,
trauma centers, children's hospitals, geriatric hospitals, or
ones meant to treat specific medial problems viz. psychiatric hospital,
caner hospitals, etc.
In all, while genral hopitals need a variety of furniture, speciality hospitals require a variety of speciality furniture.
Types of Hospital Furniture
Though there exists a large variety of furniture that hospitals use, some basic types are outlined below.
Hospital beds are specifically designed to facilitate recovery, they
are the most common form of medical furniture for hospitals and nursing
facilities. However, they are increasingly becoming popular in other
settings too, such as homes. Hospital beds comprise wheels that help to
relocate the patients with ease. The wheels of a hospital bed are
firmly positioned in place. In addition, hospital beds are also
considered a unit of measurement for the capacity of any type of
inpatient medical facility.
A hospital cabinet is a box-shaped furniture, which is either a stand
alone piece or built into or attached to a wall. Cabinets were
traditionally made of wood, however now they are often made of
synthetic materials. Hospital cabinets are used for storage of
miscellaneous items viz. pharma drugs
. Cabinets commonly have
more one or more than one doors at the front that are affixed with door
hardware and a lock.
A chair is a furniture for sitting and comes in several types. Chairs
consist of a back, and at times arm rests and are meant for use by one
person. The ones without a back and
armrests are called stools. The
design of hospital chairs is dependent on their usage. For instance
various features such as ergonomics, size, weight, durability, stain
resistance, foldability, stack ability and esthethics are defined by
the use they would be put to. An example is that of a dental chair,
which are reclined by design.
A maneuverable hospital cart is similar to a shopping cart in the sense
that it has four swivel wheels installed at each of the four corners of
the bottom portion for allowing rolling and turning movements. However,
the designes are complex based on their usage. Above the cart frame top
portion, there's generally a horizontal load bearing portion comprising
feet ends with a mechanism for allowing the head and feet ends
to be raised and lowered with respect to the cart frame top. It my
house a number of drawers for carrying items such as medical
instruments or medicines.
A hospital table is a type of furniture that comprises a surface
supported by a base and generally has four legs. It may be equipped
with swivel wheels at the bottom or none. Further, the height too may
be adjustable to house objects or food at a convenient or comfortable
height when sitting. A common type of hospital table is the
or the bedside table designed to be placed beside a bed and meant to
hold items for patient's use viz. medicines, books, a glass of water,
Hospital Furniture Buying Tips
The quality of hospital furniture and supplies determines how effective
and safe these products are and this in turn affects the quality of
medical service rendered by a hospital. The importance of the quality
hospital furniture can’t be overstated.
The following are tips that would help you to procure quality hospital furniture and supplies.
1.Establish the integrity of the source prior placing the order.
2.Establish a list of approved suppliers.
3.Require that any alternative source of supply provides the following as a minimum:
a.A pedigree back to the previous source.
b.Certification that it is not a diverted product.
c.Certification that any actions by the alternative source will not alter any original manufacture warranties or guarantees.
4.Be wary if a product is being offered at an unusually cheap price.
5.Check for subtle changes in the product’s package (compare with
previously purchased products), notwithstanding legitimate parallel
Hospital furniture include desks, chairs, cabinets, etc, designed to
meet the needs of hospitals and medical institutions. The growth rate
of the furniture industry has been promising and it has grown at a rate
of over 10% during the latter part of the decade. In the US, the year
2007 saw consumption of furniture worth US$ 13.5 billion and this
figure is now expected to touch US$ 14.0 billion in 2008.
According to estimates by the Health Care Advisory Board for the demand
of hospital beds, hospitals constituting the medical industry
in the US would
need to add 40 percent more capacity between 2000 and 2010. Different
estimates report different figures though, other forcasts put the
figure at 46% based on the recent trends in hospital spending. Further,
from the years 2010 to 2012 about 136,000 will be needed by hospitals,
if they choose to increase their capacity by 18%.