Visual display units and keyboards are employed in virtually every healthcare activity, from diagnostic and imaging equipment to dispensing carts and charting stations. As new technologies are introduced into the workplace - such as touchscreen and wireless capabilities - medical equipment has become more advanced and mobile, improving usability for the operator and enhancing the patient experience.
The portability of medical equipment in the healthcare industry presents new design challenges for manufacturers. Machines and terminals must be designed to accommodate mobility, whilst still addressing functionality. Efficient medical equipment design should simplify operations and minimize operator strain during use, with the goal of significantly improving the daily job functions of healthcare workers and practitioners.
To effectively incorporate ergonomics into medical equipment, engineers need to select components that are not only functional but meet ergonomic requirements. Through the integration of positioning solutions such as hinges, mounts and control arms, operators of medical equipment will experience an enhanced ease of use, as well as improved control and reliability.
The explosion of touchscreens and imaging technology has created a dramatic increase in the need for flexible display mounting in medical equipment applications. In healthcare facilities today, medical equipment, such as endoscopy machines, ultrasounds and others are often mounted to a mobile cart, making it easier to move from room to room. Incorporating mounts and arms in these applications can help medical equipment designers achieve positioning that is more user friendly and less tiring for those using these machines.