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My name is Ralph. I’m with Meditek. Here today I would like to share with you the QA3 patient transport stretcher. This particular version has the x ray tops. This unit is available without these also.
So Brad, as the product expert, why don’t you tell us a little bit about the stretcher and why it’s so unique. I see that it’s very different looking to many others on the market. So tell us about it.
Yeah you’re right it does look quite different from the typical stretcher design, and that’s specifically because with the single pedestal that you’ll notice, we can get a lot more manoeuvrability and flexibility for some of the positioning, such as like the trendelenburg. And you’ll see that the side rails, they’re a fixed, kind of a one piece unit, and that was specifically so there’s no pinch points. There’s no spots for your fingers to get trapped in that. And they also tuck underneath the deck so that there’s no transfer gap.
Excellent. And so with a centre of column does that mean it’s more likely to tip up.
So it does look like it could. And why don’t we see. It’s a very well balanced design, and the weight is very evenly distributed. So if we push down here, and you can see that it’s not (certainly a very very solid) it’s going anywhere.
You told me once, I think, that is used by the British army. Is that correct?
Yeah. Very interesting actually. The British army standardized on this unit for their field operations. They found it to be very robust, and it held up super well to rigorous conditions and…Brilliant.
Excellent. So let’s go through some of the key features.
So Ralph, why don’t you hop on the stretcher, and we’ll show everyone how the backrest works. And also that trendelenburg feature from any height. I’ll just (does it go lower) put it down here for you.
Oh wow, that sure does goes down low.
How high is this? Do you know?
It’s about 18 or 19 inches it’s actually the lowest available on the market. You’ll notice it’s very easy to get onto (very comfortable). Backrest is operated here. The whole back section comes up and there’s a lever. It’s a gas-assisted raising and lowering. So it’s very straightforward there. Over on this side here we have a handle for the trendelenburg. So, from any height you can put the patient into a trendelenburg position, which is a very unique special feature to only this stretcher. That means that you can, if there’s a cardiac emergency or something like that, you don’t have to worry about pumping up the stretcher. You can just immediately from any height put them down from the from the head end. So totally designed for the caregiver. Yeah, everything really can be operated from right around the patient’s head end of the stretcher.
Very good. Tell us about some of these other bars and pedals down here.
Ok. So it comes standard with six inch casters. You can upgrade to eight inch, if you want. These Tonte casters are very easy rolling. And so from any point around the stretcher, there’s sort of this one piece bar here that you can release or engage the brakes. So stepping on this from any point along there, on either side of the stretcher, is your braking mechanism. This one pedal here in the middle, there’s one on either side, and that’s for raising and lowering. So you’ll notice it’s a very smooth easy pedal-pumping action. And then you just raise it up to lower it down. Very simple to use. So once we’re ready to go we’ll release the brakes and that goes into all four casters. They’re just sitting on four casters, so it’s very manoeuvrable. If we want to go now take the patient down the hall, we would engage the fifth wheel. So this is a pedal that puts down the centre wheel that it’s now riding on. We lift up the back section, there are some handles here. So you’re very close to the patient, and you can see how it rides nice and straight and smooth. It’s not going to drift across the hallways and that.
Got it. So very good for the caregiver.
Yeah, exactly. And then with regards to the siderails, as you’ll notice, it’s just a simple click into place. It’s just a one handed pull.
For releasing the siderail, there just you know drops into place. There’s no pinch points, won’t catch your fingers. You just release the handle, it drops down. Tuck it under. Very nice and nice and straight here for the patient to get up. Exactly. So there’s very little or no gap. Got your I.V. pole. A quick release just wherever you are let go of the release it locks into place. Tucked right into the siderail so it’s out of the way, but it’s always there.
So Brad, today infection prevention is a big word out there. Why don’t you tell us how this unit fits that need.
So there’s really two things. One is that the mattresses got sealed seams. It’s memory foam mattress, very comfortable. But it’s designed so the whole stretcher then from a design. Second thing is it really flows, so fluids, all that, you can see here if we look at the back section, put it all the way up, you can see how it’s all molded and everything is like a waterfall construction. So fluids are supposed to, you know, what you want from an infection prevention and control stand point and perspective is that anything run off easily and it’ll be good to wipe down.
So that really wraps up the QA3 patient transport stretcher. Brad, is there anything else that someone should know when considering this stretcher.
Well one other important factor is actually how much weight capacity the stretcher has. So like how much it’ll hold. And this stretcher is pretty much the highest available at 705 pounds patient weight capacity. So that’s often an important factor, and it’s also a good sign of how robust and how well built a stretcher is. How much it can handle.
Well thank you very much Brad. This is certainly an awesome stretcher for someone to consider. Thank you.