Felgains MultiFlow Low Stretcher vs Howard Wright M9 Low Stretcher; How do they compare?
The purpose of this article is to compare one of the most well-known low stretchers on the market; the Howard Wright M9 Stretcher, with the new Felgains MultiFlow Low stretcher, covering the key features, positives, and drawbacks of each, to make your decision-making process easier and to enable you to make the best decision for your hospital.
Key features comparison table
|Howard Wright M9|
|Safe Working Load||320kg||250kg|
|Lowest Height (mm)||340||350|
|Highest Height (mm)||740||800|
|Weight of stretcher||130kg||130kg|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years|
What is the Howard Wright M9 Stretcher?
The Howard Wright M9 Stretcher is designed to reduce manual handling and provide a safe platform for patient mobility and emergency care.
Key Features and Specifications
- Fully electric, with battery backup
- 350mm low height and 800mm high height
- 250kg Safe Working Load
- Permanently attached, fold down IV pole
- Central locking brakes with 5th-wheel steering
- 5th wheel steering – The 5th wheel under the centre of the M9 stretcher ensures maximum manoeuvrability and easy guidance; especially useful in busy and crowded emergency environments.
- Very low mattress platform height – The M9 has a very low minimum height of 350mm, which reduces the risk of falls and helps to enable easier mobilisation in hospitals.
- Full electric functionality – To reduce manual handling and provide a comfortable experience for patients.
- Dual-purpose push bars – The integrated push bars can be used in either the upright or folded position.
- Higher minimum height, compared to the MultiFlow – The M9 has a higher minimum height than the MultiFlow stretcher, which can lead to shorter patients finding it harder to mobilise off the stretcher, which also increases the risk of falls.
What is the Felgains MultiFlow Stretcher?
The new MultiFlow Low Stretcher from Felgains combines an industry-leading minimum platform height of 340mm with dual auto-regression to bring a new standard of patient safety to your emergency department.
Key Features and Specifications
- Safe Working Load: 320kg
- Class-leading 340mm minimum platform height
- Dual auto-regressing mattress platform
- Dual-purpose IV pole
- Retractable 5th wheel
- Central-locking braking
- Ultra-low mattress platform height – The industry-leading low height of 340mm reduces the risk of falls and fall-related injury in your emergency department, and also promotes easier mobilisation and discharge, increasing patient flow through your hospital.
- Dual auto-regressing mattress platform – The dual auto-regression function on the MultiFlow reduces the risk of patients developing pressure injuries while waiting on trolleys in busy emergency departments.
- 5th wheel – The 5th wheel under the centre of the trolley means that the MultiFlow is very manoeuvrable – especially important in crowded emergency departments.
- High safe working load – The MultiFlow has a high safe working load of 320kg, meaning you can use it with most of your patients.
- Robust and flexible – the MultiFlow has heavy-duty IV poles that double up as push handles, giving you options on pushing positions for excellent ergonomics
- Lower maximum height, compared to the Howard Wright M9. This could lead to taller staff finding it more difficult to attend to patients while maintaining good posture and ergonomics.
Which stretcher should you choose for your hospital?
I trust this article has given you a clear understanding of the two patient stretchers from Howard Wright and Felgains, and the positives and drawbacks of each.
Which stretcher 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 stretcher before purchasing, and we would be happy to arrange this for you.
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