MRI Safe Step Stools: What to Consider to Maintain Patient Safety

Working in the imaging industry is one that poses a lot of unique challenges for both technicians and patients. Bringing safety to both is essential to avoid future health problems and possible legal repercussions as a result of carelessness. While wearing protective clothing, eyewear, and using peripheral equipment helps your staff stay safe, don’t neglect protecting your patients.

Magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI’s) aren’t always a simple process for patients since it’s a more exacting imaging process. Sometimes it involves lying down inside the MRI tube, though other times requires standing up to properly capture an image.

Using MRI safe step stools is occasionally necessary to accommodate the above situation. Since some patients might have physical mobility problems, you shouldn’t assume any stepping stool available in your medical office is safe.

What’s important is to find certified stepping stools designed with the best materials and designs meant for MRI patients. This means finding specific stools meant to help patients with various physical issues.

At Phillips Safety Products, we take this seriously like we do with all MRI-safe products we offer. While you may have leaded barriers, safety eyewear, and other accessories in place for MRI’s, we’ll help you find a stepping stool ideal for all patient needs.

Considering Height of the Patient

Your MRI equipment perhaps isn’t convenient enough to capture imaging on overly short patients. It’s worth remembering that height challenges don’t always relate to adults. In your practice, you likely do MRI’s on children just as often, and you’ll need a stool bringing the right angle for accurate imaging.

Stools with steps are some of the most popular for this situation. Double step stools work well with accommodating shorter patients without causing any sturdiness issues. It’s essential to find a stepping stool with dependable and durable qualities like this so it doesn’t have risk of collapse.

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More so, you want to find a stool capable of holding any body shape. The double-step stool above is 36 inches long, 24 inches deep, and 8 inches high. This is enough to help many patients of any body shape or foot size stand in place for long periods without feeling uncomfortable.

Regardless, it’s far from the only important aspect to using MRI stepping stools. Making sure they’re fully designed to help those with disabilities is a must, including guaranteeing durability.

Using Hand Rails on Your Stepping Stools

Not all MRI stepping stools come with hand rails, though we offer several that are very important toward keeping patients safe. You already know many patients receiving MRI’s have physical ailments, which could make it extremely difficult for them standing on a stool for extended periods.

Some patients may need a taller handrail to hold on to when the MRI takes longer than expected. We offer a reliable one enabling a physically disabled patient to hold on sturdily without fear of falling. These have superior engineering prowess behind them with reinforcements around all stress-related areas.

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It means when your patient has to exert more pressure on the handrail to stay steady, there isn’t any risk of collapse. Thanks to the handrail measuring at 41 inches, it accommodates anyone of any height. The foot space on the stool is wide as well, so those with overly large feet won’t feel unsure about stepping on.

Considering Patient Weight

Some patients needing MRI’s are overweight, and you need to find a stepping stool that helps provide durability and safety. All our stools hold up to 200 lbs. weight capacity, which helps most patients.

Many other stepping stools on the market don’t do a good job of keeping sturdy for those a little overweight. When your patients have to stand for long periods, you don’t want any dangers of a step collapse, especially with a stool containing double steps.

The same goes when a patient has to lean heavily on the handrail above. Don’t take any risks with stepping stools not containing proper weight limits or you could face a major disaster. Anyone being injured from falling off a stool could end up placing you in financial jeopardy from litigation, or ruining your reputation.

Always check the stats on the MRI stepping stools you buy, including finding one other major element: What the materials are.

Buying a Stepping Stool with PVC Materials

We can’t overestimate how important using PVC materials are in something like a MRI stepping stool. It’s already a standard in countless products we and others offer.

PVC is abrasion resistant, lightweight, extremely strong, as well as tough. It’s why all stools used for your MRI’s should list PVC as a major material to ensure durability for years to come.

Our stools use healthcare grade PVC framing to guarantee it holds up through any conditions. No matter how many times you use your step stools, they’re going to keep going without having to invest in new ones once every year.

Storage

Your medical imaging practice may have space limitations to store extra equipment. The stepping stools you’ll find through us are very portable, including finding smaller ones for easier storage.

A 16″ by 12″ model helps in basic imaging situations, including patients with average height or weight. It’s easy to take this stool and store it under a table without worrying about finding an extra room to store it in.

Contact us at Phillips Safety Products to learn more about our MRI step stools and why quality matters in an industry increasingly requiring as much safety for patients as staff.

 

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