With another year of RSNA is behind us, we have had a weekend to rest up and now it is time to go back to work. With over 20 years of building and selling height adjustable desks for imaging centers and 24/7 markets I always like to cruise the show floor and see what is new each year at RSNA.
The right equipment and setup can make all of the difference in getting any job done right, and the world of telemetry is no different. According to lab managers and project managers here is what their technologists are looking for:
- ergonomic chairs
- adjustable focal depth of 6-8 monitors
- adequate keyboard workspace
- clean wire management system
As you know Hospitals are transitioning from monitoring patients vital signs at the nurse’s station to remote rooms in specialized labs within their hospital. In Telemetry Labs several Technicians sit remotely at desks monitoring anywhere from 6-8 monitors viewing the vital signs of patients. In the event a patient’s vital signs move out of an acceptable range the Technician contacts the nurse’s station.
There are about a half dozen imaging furniture manufacturers that have been in the business over the last couple of decades, so selecting the right manufacturer should be an easy decision. The truth is that it is if you do your homework and don’t just pick one that promises the world or advertises in every possible venue.
Ask the Obvious Questions
To help you find the right manufacturer for your imaging furniture needs, here are a dozen questions you need to answer that will address the obvious:
- Does the provider offer true dual-surface desks with both surfaces being capable of moving from 22” to 50”?
- Is the focal depth of the monitors adjustable up to 10”, and can you move all of the monitors together?
According to Dr. James Levine, a leading endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic and researcher on the health hazards of sitting, sitting for long periods of time is no good. Just take a look at the information below:
Your eyes are precious and extremely valuable, so it makes sense to take safety precautions when you engage in activities that could potentially damage them. For example, when you play racket ball, use a weed wacker, or operate a grinder, you most likely use eye protection.
That being said, what do you do to protect your eyes in the reading room? I know that there isn’t any flying debris or any balls that could assault or damage your eyes in the confines of your dark reading room. However, at the end of the day, are your eyes tired and watering, and/or do you have a headache?
If your answer is yes, please read on.
When choosing an imaging desk in the modern day era of 2016, it is important to keep in mind the evolution of equipment you'll need on your desk. You want your imaging desk to evolve as your needs change and your equipment advances. After all, it is 2016 and those monitors aren't the same as they used to be!
I previously wrote a blog highlighting which companies selling imaging desks will be at RSNA. If you are shopping for a new desk, the following advice should help get you to the right booth without wasting time.
Once you get to the booth and start talking to the helpful (pesky?) salesperson, what are some good questions to ask? If you are like me, you probably think of them after you’ve already walked away. Fortunately, I have put together some questions that will help you make your best decision.
There is no place like the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to go shopping for new equipment for your radiology center. Whether you are involved with a huge hospital system or a small reading room, RSNA seems to have it all and then some. You can get hands-on with all of the latest technology to see what it can do to make your life better and improve the results for your patients. One major piece of that puzzle is choosing the best imaging desk for your reading room.
In the first installment of tips on how to choose your imaging furniture provider, we went over the basics of why it’s important to look for a provider who wants to have a long-term relationship with you, along with what to expect from warranties and customer service. So, as promised, we’re back with more details on how to choose a furniture provider. Without further ado, let’s pick up where we left off by discussing what things to take into account before signing on!