A Custom Medical Rail That Can Handle Lead Aprons

Finding Quick Storage Solutions for the Most Difficult Medical Supplies

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Equipment rail holding lead aprons with heavy-duty hooks. Credit: Copyright (c) Paladin Medical Products

A pressing problem in the medical industry is storing some of the unique items needed in hospitals. Lead aprons are one of those necessities and they are so heavy that the average hook cannot hold them. Paladin Healthcare has a solution for their custom rail systems that can help.

Solving Ordinary Needs in Medical Supplies

Sometimes the most ordinary needs go unsolved because they are in fact so ordinary that no one is excited enough to design a solution.

Luckily, product design and manufacturing companies like Paladin Healthcare exist to pay attention to these very common problems that need a solution in health care.

Paladin has solved things like catheter storage and I have written about other products that manufacturers have created that are blissfully low-tech and inexpensive.

These products work and they fill needs that the medical staff has sometimes gone decades without finding an elegant solution. At best, they have had to create their own "on-the-fly" solution with the materials at hand in their space. Sometimes this works fine, but it can also present problems for infection prevention and safety.

The Benefits of a Medical Equipment Rail

Hospitals today are interested in protecting their architectural investment. There is great interest in providing medical supply and device storage management methods that can locate various items in the appropriate places, while reducing the amount of holes drilled into the walls.

 

That is the idea behind the decades-old invention called a medical equipment rail. It is a piece of extruded aluminum that can be cut to a variety of lengths and mounted horizontally on a wall. 

Once that rail is on the wall, there tends to be no further need to relocate it. This prevents hospital walls from looking like "swiss cheese" whenever wall-mounted supplies are relocated for better workflow.

It happens all the time.

An Efficient and Quick System for Reorganization

On the rail, however, it is a different story. There, relocating medical supplies and devices become a necessity and enabling the staff to instantly relocate supplies when and where they need them along the rail is important.

The quick release brackets attach to the back of the supplies, storage accessories, and devices allow staff to perform instant relocations.

By relocating items along the rail, a few things are prevented:

  1. Patient care and nursing efficiency are increased by adapting to a variety of situations as they arise.
  2. Medical staff does not need to call facility maintenance staff to remove the medical supplies from the wall.
  3. The hospital's investment in its architecture remains protected. 

The Infection Prevention Benefits

When medical devices and supplies like hooks, paper towel holders, soap dispensers, sharps containers are fastened directly to the wall, they often get moved to a better position after the initial installation.

 This exposes patients to a mess until the exposed holes are patched and painted.

These repairs translate to more work, more expense, and prevent patient care in that space while the repair work is being done. That creates potential revenue loss, as well as on-site hassles for the staff.

A Heavy-Duty Hook for Lead Aprons

A heavy-duty hook for hanging lead aprons is no small requirement. Hospital staff use lead aprons for x-ray protection and they are quite heavy because of their lead liners. The equipment rail system can now work for lead-lined aprons.

By mounting the equipment rail into the wall and fastening the rail to the wall studs Paladin has designed heavy-duty hooks that clamp on the rail.

The hooks are strong enough to carry the weight of the lead aprons for the long-term. They can also be removed from in quick-release fashion and repositioned for any reason. 

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