Choosing the Right Treatment Couch for Your Clinic

Choosing the Right Treatment Couch for Your Clinic

 If you're running a clinic or a healthcare facility, you know that every piece of equipment matters and influences the service you can offer. But let's talk about the treatment couch. It's not just a place where patients lie down; it's the cornerstone of comfort, efficiency, and effectiveness in your practice. So, buckle up as we dive into the nitty-gritty of choosing the right treatment couch for your clinic.

First off, let's talk about the basics. There are different types of treatment couches out there, but the most common ones you'll come across are hydraulic and electric couches. What's the difference? Well, it's all about how they move.

Hydraulic couches: These work on hydraulic power, meaning they use fluid pressure to adjust the height of the couch by using a manual foot pump to raise the couch. Think of it like a hydraulic jack but way comfier. They're robust, reliable, and don't need electricity to function, which can be a plus if you're worried about power outages or costs. Things to consider with a hydraulic couch: There are a lot less components on a hydraulic couch to fail vs electric. A hydraulic couch generally only has one hydraulic pump that generally lasts the lifetime of the couch although if these do fail they are expensive to replace.

Electric couches: These couches are powered by electricity, hence the name. They are raised by actuators (motors) that smoothly adjust the height and position with just the push of a button either by a hand controller or foot control. They're sleek, modern, and offer precise control over adjustments. Things to consider with an electric couch are: Do you have a 3 pin plug near where you would like your couch to be situated? As it may not be ideal for safety and aesthetic reasons for a wire to be strung across your clinical room! There are also more components on an electric couch that can fail - such as the Actuator, control box and hand controller / foot controller. Whilst these components are relatively cost effective to replace many makes & models can be discontinued thus making them harder to source.

If you ever have any issues with your treatment couch please feel free to give ourselves a call on 0115 906300 and a member of our team can supply you with the best options to get your couch up and running whether this be supplying you with the replacement parts or we can facilitate a visit one of our skilled nationwide engineers to supply and fit the part for you.

Now that you know the basics, let's talk about the number of sections. Treatment couches typically come in two, three, or even more sections. What's the deal with that?

Two-section couches: These are your no-fuss, straightforward couches. They usually have a backrest and a main section, perfect for basic examinations and treatments. If you're on a budget or have limited space, these could be your go-to option.

Three-section couches: Ah, now we're talking versatility. These couches have a backrest, a seat section, and a leg section. This extra section opens a whole world of possibilities. Need to perform more complex procedures or examinations? Three sections give you more flexibility and make it easier to position patients comfortably.

So, how do you choose? It all boils down to your specific needs. Here are a few things to consider:

1. Patient Comfort: Your patients should feel comfortable on your treatment couch. Look for features like cushioning, adjustable headrests, and armrests to keep them cosy during their visit.
2. Durability: You want a couch that can handle whatever you throw at it (figuratively, of course). Check the build quality, weight capacity, and warranty to ensure your investment lasts.
3. Ease of Use: Time is precious in a clinic, so you want a couch that's easy to operate. Whether it's manual controls on a hydraulic couch or a fancy controller on an electric one, make sure it's user-friendly for you and your staff.
4. Space and Portability: Consider the layout of your clinic and how much space you have. Some couches come with wheels for easy manoeuvrability, while others might be more compact for smaller rooms.
5. Budget: Finally, you must think about the price. Set a budget and stick to it but remember that quality often comes with a price tag. It's all about finding the right balance for your clinic.

At the end of the day, choosing the right treatment couch is like choosing the right partner – it’s got to be a perfect fit. So, take your time, do your research, and don't be afraid to ask questions before making your decision. Here at Seal Medical our expert sales team is always happy to help and make these decisions as easy as possible, if you need a hand feel free to contact us on or give us a call on 0115 906 3000

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