2020 Buyer’s Guide to Medical Casters
Are you looking forward to DIY or buy affordable Medical Casters for hospital beds or other medical rquipments? Check out the 2020 Medical Casters buyer’s guide for hospital beds or other medical rquipments operators and beginners, we’ll offer you the best Medical Casters of 2020 with custom Medical Casters to fit your hospital equipment projects and plans.
HuanXin Caster Wheels Company offers medical-grade casters for a variety of uses, including hospital bed casters, medical cart casters, casters for IV poles and ventilators, and other medical equipment casters.
Regardless of the application, helping to provide safety and a pleasant patient experience is of utmost importance. To ensure the best environment is provided for healing patients, hospitals are graded by patients via HCAHPS survey scores. HCAHPS (the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is a patient satisfaction survey, enforced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for hospitals in the United States. In order to ensure that casters do not detract from patients’ experience in a hospital, medical casters need to be extremely smooth and quiet.
Below, you’ll find all of our medical casters that meet our high standards for this industry. Contact us if you don’t see what you need or if you would like some guidance in purchasing medical casters.
What are Medical Casters?
Medical Casters are Caster wheels are used in special considerations, for example,Exposure to fluids and chemicals often require frequent wash-downs, and quiet mobility provides recovering patients with one less distraction. And there are many kinds of Medical Casters can fit different conditions. Stainless Steel casters and Nylon-bodied casters are rust resistant and can withstand exposure to chemicals and washdowns. Precision bearings in both swivel raceways and wheels provide a smooth, quiet ride for both cart and patient.While they may be labeled “medical,” these casters are also great for any environment where chemicals are possible, or when a quiet caster is preferred.
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How Many Types of Medical Casters?
Autoclave Casters:Designed to with stand high temperatures, these casters can easily transport your autoclave machine where ever you need. Features include dual ball swivel, plastic thread guards for extra protection, and 304 polished stainless steel casters.
Chrome Casters: Available with or without a brake, these casters come with a grip ring or threaded stem.
IV Cart Caster: IVs need to be mobile to move with your patient. These casters come in many sizes with or without brakes, per your specification.
Nylon Casters: Made with Nylon instead of metal, these carts are affordable and won’t scratch up your floors.
Razor Casters: These won’t scuff up your floors either, but they do have a great swivel.
Wheel Chair Casters: Instead of buying a new wheel chair, replace the casters with one of these and save a lot money.
What is a Medical Casters Used For?
Medical Casters are widely used in hospital equipments,medical equipments.It is important that using the right casters on medical equipment in a healthcare environment,
1.Stand high temperatures
2.Move with your patient
3.Do not scuff up your floors
4.Replace for the wheel chair caster
How Much Do Medical Casters Cost?
If you want to buy Medical Casters, you may wonder how much do a Medical Casters cost? how to get a final price? According to different Medical Casters configurations, you will get the Medical Casters cost from $10 to $100. If you have an idea to buy Medical Casters overseas, the fee of customs clearance, tax, and shipping costs should be included in the final price.
How to Choose Medical Casters for your equipment?
Load Weight: The higher the the load weight, the larger and more dense the wheel required. Gross weight of a truck/dolly should be divided by the number of casters/wheels on which the weight is distributed.
Floor Conditions: Floor conditions affect caster and wheel performance. To view which wheels perform best on which flooring type, explore our wheel type page.
Unusual Conditions: Each wheel has its strengths and weaknesses in unusual conditions. To view which wheels perform best in which condition, explore our wheel type page.
Extreme Climates: Extreme heat or cold is a problem for most casters and wheels. To view a recommended operating temperature range for various caster wheels, explore our wheel type page.
Rolling Ease: The larger the wheel diameter, and the harder the wheel material, the easier the wheel will roll. Roller bearings carry heavier loads. Ball bearings roll easier but carry lesser loads. Rolling ease is also affected by environmental and application conditions. For example, a CC Apex wheel will work well rolling over thresholds, but a phenolic wheel may not.
Tips to Choose Medical Casters for your equipment?
It is our view that you are not purchasing a mere wheel or caster. You are buying a product which must work for you.
1.Measure the Wheel Diameter– the bigger the wheel the easier it is to move!
2.Choose the Castor Type– either Top Plate, Bolt Hole or Threaded Stem.
This is all about how you want to fix your castor to your unit, and how much weight each castor is expected to carry.
Measure your top plate dimensions, in order to match any replacement castors. Alternatively measure your bolt dimensions or your threaded stem size. Also measure your fixing bolt size (D1) as we can supply fixing bolts and nuts. In order to measure thread size, simply measure the diameter of the thread, 8mm diameter equates to an M8 thread.
Top Plate Castors are fixed to your unit by 4 fixing bolts per castor, supplied seperately. Bolt Hole castors can attach either by using a threaded bolt or a tubular adaptor. Threaded Stem Castors are supplied with a stem that can screw into your equipment.
Top Tip! Attaching castors into round and square tube can be achieved by using bolt hole castors and castor tube adaptors.
4.Choose your Wheel material
Top Tip! General rule of thumb is soft wheels on hard floors and hard wheels on soft floor surfaces. Soft wheels are rubber, and hard wheels are nylon and polyurethane. Pneumatics and puncture proof wheels are ideal for outdoor applications. For more information on wheels, take a look at our Wheel Measurement Section.
5.Castor Configuration -Swivel, Fixed or Braked Castors
Top Tip! The following configurations are the most popular
Four Swivel Castors – for the maximum manoeuvrability, but may be difficult to control on a straight run and not ideal for very heavy loads.
Two Swivel Castors and Two Fixed Castors – the most popular configuration as it provides the best control coupled with manoeuvrability.
Two Swivel Castors with Brakes and Two Fixed Castors- again the most popular option as it gives good control and manoeuvrability, and allows the items to be locked into a specific location as required.
6.Check the Load Capacities – for a 4 castor trolley of Medical Casters
Having an understanding of the weight you want the castors to support and move is a vital consideration! Use the following calculation
Max Load each castor needs to carry = (unit weight + max extra load) ÷3
Top tip! Dividing your total load by 3 allows for a margin of safety, and this will give you the maximum each castor can carry in a safe working environment, allowing for uneven floor surfaces.
7 . Other Considerations that may affect your choice of Medical Casters?
Swivel Radius – The distance from the centre of the castor head fitting to the outside of the wheel. This measurement enables you to ensure you have enough clearance for the complete castor to rotate, without being fouled. It is important to take this into consideration when deciding where to attach the castor. Please note braked castors have slightly larger swivel radiuses, as a result of the foot brake mechanisms.
Floor Surfaces – All our stated load ratings for our Medical Casters ranges are based upon the assumption that the floor surface is reasonably level. Any obstructions, ridges, cracks or dirt will affect the load rating and efficiency of the castors. Careful consideration of Wheel Type in your castors is important and discussed in more detail below.
Health & Safety – All our castors are designed for low speed applications, and power towing castors are available upon special request. It is important to select the right castor for the job, to protect against manual handling injuries.
Bearings – Choosing castors and wheels with bearings, makes them easier to move, however in certain outdoor and offshore environments standard bearings may cease. Call us for information on stainless steel bearings.
Temperature – We offer a specialist range of Temperature Resistant Medical Casters that can withstand high temperatures in ovens, kilns and foundries. These castors can also withstand low temperatures such as in freezers and outdoor environments.