The benefits of height-adjustable medical equipment in your practice

By: Yolanda Smith, MedicalSearch Writer
27 October, 2015

The equipment you use each day in your medical practice has a profound effect on the service you are able to offer to your patients.

Different features are able to offer benefits that can improve the running of your practice and the overall care.

Medical equipment that is height-adjustable has become the standard of care in many types of medical equipment due to the extensive benefits it offers.


Firstly, the ability to adjust the height of medical equipment offers flexibility for both the patient and health professional that is unparalleled with fixed-height equipment.

Different patients have individual characteristics of height and weight, thus some may be more comfortable in a bed that is lower or higher than other individuals. This is particularly important when the patient needs to get in or out of bed, as people of shorter stature can benefit from a lower height than is required by taller people.


Adjusting the height of the hospital bed also increases the ease of health professionals to access patients and allows them to provide an improved level of care.

A hospital bed can be heightened to view the patient more easily, which is often useful when viewing or operating on a particular part of the body. When the patient needs to move off the bed, it can easily be lowered to allow them to get out.


An often-overlooked benefit of height-adjustable medical equipment is the increased ease of storage, particularly if your medical practice has limited space available.

Hospital beds and examination tables can be lowered when not in use and take up less space than in the fully extended position. You may be able to place lowered tables or beds underneath a bench, or stack them in a storage room when unneeded, which is a simple way to save space.

Height-Adjustable Medical Equipment

Height-adjustable medical equipment goes beyond hospital beds and examination tables; there are many other types of medical equipment where the ability to adjust the height is beneficial.

For example, walkers that can adjust in height can be used for many patients of varying heights. This negates the need for multiple models with different sizes and the same walker can be used for several patients successively, adjusted in height for their personal requirements.

Trolleys, chairs and over-bed tables are other examples of medical equipment where height adjustability holds a significant advantage. Trolleys increase ease for health workers that use them and over-bed tables must be height-adjustable to accommodate for hospital beds that can vary in height.