Method and apparatus for moving a medical exam table.The table support member extends upwardly from chassis to support structural parts of the exam table. When the table is lower to rest on the support member, it can be supported by the support member.The base can be moved so that it is supported by the cart's weight.The cart can then be moved to move the table.The base of the table is lifted to place it at the desired location.These devices will be called "tables" herein for simplicity. However, the invention can also be used to refer to chairs and medical examination tables.
A conventional examination table typically has a seat section and back section that are supported by a base unit.To place patients in the desired positions, the back and seat sections can be moved relative to each other and relative to their base.Motors, hydraulic cylinders, pneumatic or hydraulic actuators or other devices can be used to move the back and seat sections between positions and adjust the height relative to the base.For example, most tables have a back section that can be moved from an inclined orientation relative to the chair section for supporting a patient while he or she is seated. A horizontal orientation relative to the seat section allows for support of a patient when he or she is in a supine posture.
Most medical examination tables can be found in the operating room or examination room of a doctor's clinic.These examination tables cannot be moved often due to their weight and size.However, if a table needs to be moved, it is best to hire someone who is trained to do so.The traditional method of moving a medical exam table is to lift it from the ground (usually, this requires at least two people) and place the table on a platform-shaped dolly.The table is lifted onto the dolly so that its base rests on the platform.This method and the dollies used to move medical exam tables have some drawbacks.The traditional method of moving tables requires at least two people to lift them and place them on a dolly.There is a chance that the table could be damaged or dropped while being lifted onto the dolly.These drawbacks and others are overcome by a special cart and method for moving a medical exam table.