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surgical suite on a different floor of its existing facility. They hope to open in 2020. Ms. Ball plans to keep her table purchases simple. "The more fancy things you have, the more things that can go wrong with the table," she says. The challenge is, as she puts it, "checking off all those boxes and making sure you have all the accessories and it does all the things you need it to do for the types of surgeries you're doing." To ensure she makes the right purchasing decision, Ms. Ball plans to develop clear clinical criteria that, along with hands-on viewing and pricing, will guide the process. Post-warranty service contracts are important to negotiate at the time of purchase to ensure that the tables are maintained in good working order, she adds. Regrets, they had a few From low battery life to difficulty putting patients in the beach chair position, our survey detected a bit of buyer's remorse. Features respon- dents said they'd gladly do without included voice-activated control, remote control and self-propulsion for moving the bed from room to room. A clinical coordinator wishes her cataract surgery stretcher-chair had grab handles to help her maneuver it through her department's many twists and turns. One respondent wishes her table's headrest had a hole for the face for patients in the prone position. Another had a long list of laments. She wishes her tables could be used with multiple types of procedures, had better maneuverability, a higher degree of articula- tion and wireless controls. Finally, Karen Gabbert, RN, BSN, clinical director of the Surgery Center of Kansas in Wichita, Kan., wishes bariatric tables were wider than traditional beds. "You would think," she says, "that a bed with a 600-pound limit would take into consideration that patients are not 7- feet tall!" OSM J U L Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 3

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