Felgains Stride Pro Concealment Trolley vs Bristol Maid Concealment Trolley; an honest comparison
Concealment trolleys, also referred to as mortuary trolleys, provide a safe, secure, and discrete way of moving a deceased patient to the mortuary with the utmost dignity.
There are several different concealment trolleys on the market, each with different positives and drawbacks, and some with special functions. In this article, we will be comparing one of the most popular concealment trolleys; the Bristol Maid Concealment Trolley, with the Felgains Stride Pro Concealment Trolley, to give you a better understanding of the options that are out there and help you make the best decision for your hospital.
Bristol Maid Concealment Trolley
The Bristol Maid Concealment Trolley is a height-adjustable trolley which ensures the reliable transfer of deceased patients from a bed to the mortuary.
- The trolley’s scissor action provides vertical lift, ideal for use in confined areas where space is limited.
- The side rails drop down to allow for unobstructed access when transferring the patient on and off the trolley.
- On the ‘Loose Tray’ model, the rollers on the top allow the Bristol Maid trolley to be used with mortuary tray systems.
- A lack of support for the blue cover means that it can often sag and reveal the cadaver, which is very undignified.
- The outdated design and blue cover can lead to the trolley attracting unnecessary attention, again resulting in dignity after death being reduced.
- The Bristol Maid trolley has no powered drive assistance, which can make transporting difficult, particularly if your mortuary is accessed via slopes or via outdoor paths. Subsequently, there is an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury to porters and mortuary staff.
- On the ‘Fixed Tray’ system which seems to be the more common model, the lip on the edge of the tray means that it’s challenging to move the deceased over when doing a lateral transfer
Felgains Stride Pro Concealment Trolley
The Felgains Stride Pro Concealment Trolley provides dignity for deceased patients during the transfer from a hospital bed to the mortuary.
This mortuary trolley has a modern frame & cover, and a PowerDrive system that allows for the dignified transport of deceased patients whilst reducing the manual effort for porters and mortuary staff.
- The modern and inconspicuous design of the Stride Pro Concealment Trolley ensures that dignity is maintained after death, for both the patient and any friends or family.
- The PowerDrive system fitted to the trolley greatly reduces the effort needed to move the trolley from the ward to the mortuary, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injury to porters and mortuary staff.
- The side rails can be dropped down and the bars supporting the cover removed, giving staff the access they need to safely transfer the patient onto the trolley with correct manual handling techniques.
- The cover is fully supported along its length, eliminating any sagging and subsequent revealing of the cadaver, which can often occur with other products.
- Available in a bariatric version, with a safe working load of 500kg and platform width of 1000mm.
- The Stride Pro Concealment Trolley is more expensive than the Bristol Maid, so if cost is your primary concern, the Stride may not be suitable for you.
- The Stride Pro trolley isn’t compatible with mortuary tray systems. Instead, it is designed with a completely flat platform for the patient to be transferred from their bed directly onto the trolley.
Which option should you choose?
I trust this article has given you a clear understanding of two of the most popular concealment trolleys, and the positives and drawbacks of each.
Which concealment trolley you choose for your trust will vary depending on your needs and requirements, and we will happily talk this through with you if required.
Often, a hospital would trial a piece of equipment such as a concealment trolley before purchasing, and we offer this for the Stride Pro Concealment Trolley. To get started, feel free to get in touch on 01473 741144, or via the contact form below.
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