| Even during the economic downturn, experts forecast a surge in U.S. orders for reconditioned hospital beds and stretchers. Even though health care is one of the best industries that resist economic recession, medical facilities are have been affected. As a result, hospital purchasing departments will consider spending money on reconditioned equipment more rather than new equipment, as it will help in cutting costs. At the same time trends in the stretchers for transport, recovery and minor procedures are indicative of a high-tech makeover. Today's stretchers include sophisticated technology such as specialized braking systems, easy glide casters, and even motorization.