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Essential Factors in Selecting Surgical Tables for Optimal OR Performance
  • Written By
    Rebecca Kinney
  • Published
    November 16, 2023

The anatomical positions, safety measures, and the benefits of seeking a long-term product that stands the test of time is more beneficial than a lower sticker price.

Essential Factors in Selecting Surgical Tables for Optimal OR Performance

In your operating room (OR), the choosing the correct surgical table is a critical decision that significantly impacts patient safety, surgical outcomes, and overall operational efficiency. Several essential factors come into play when selecting the most suitable surgical table for an operating room. In this writeup we will cover anatomical positions, safety measures, and the benefits of seeking a long-term product that stands the test of time is more beneficial than a lower sticker price.

Positioning: Anatomical Considerations and Procedural Needs

The proper positioning of a patient during your procedures is fundamental for success. Your surgeons and medical teams require a surgical table to accommodate various anatomical positions to ensure optimal access to the operative area and guarantee patient comfort.

Different procedures demand specific patient positions, such as supine, prone, right and left lateral recumbent, Fowler’s, and Trendelenburg’s positions.

The positions are as follows:

  1. Supine: Horizontal with the face oriented up.
  2. Prone: Horizontal with the face oriented down.
  3. Right Lateral Recumbent: Horizontal with the right side oriented down.
  4. Left Lateral Recumbent: Horizontal with the left side oriented down.
  5. Fowler’s: Patient is sitting up (straight or with a slight lean).
  6. Trendelenburg’s: Supine position with the head about 30 degrees lower than the feet.

Each position necessitates unique support and adjustments, making it essential to have a versatile table that can adapt to these different configurations.

To select the right surgical table, it’s crucial to consider patient-specific factors like the procedure type and duration, imaging needs, and overall health, including bone and joint conditions, skin health, age, and weight. These considerations play a vital role in the decision-making process.

Safety Measures and Procedure Outcome

Patient safety and a great procedural outcome are always the primary goal of any case. When it comes to the OR table your facility chooses and the safety of your patients, it’s beneficial that the table you invest in has the following capabilities:

Quality Table Brakes-High-quality and durable brakes are pivotal as well as features like brake lock indicators and weight sensors that can provide your teams with clear visual checks to see if the table is safe for the patient and staff.

Performance data tracking – Analytics can be tracked and stored with higher technology beds; this helps users understand and identify common errors, which leads to better training and communication with Biomed. We all know in healthcare, tracked data is a key asset. Skytron surgical tables are designed with end-users in mind to handle the many challenges you face in the OR. Our portfolio includes imaging, top slide, and top rotation surgical tables with our low-profile bases that provide better access for surgeons and equipment during operation.


While cost is a factor, the total cost of ownership over time is equally important. Investing in a high-quality, durable surgical table ensures longevity and reliability. Tables made with strong, durable materials like stainless steel are not only long-lasting but also easy to clean, maintaining hygiene standards in the operating room. Reducing downtime and mitigating potential financial burdens due to equipment malfunction.

Skytron’s Dedication to Optimal Surgical Table Solutions

At Skytron, we address these crucial factors in surgical table design. Our surgical tables, including imaging, top slide, and top rotation models, are tailored to meet your most complex challenges. They are crafted with the end-user in mind, and our solutions are engineered to optimize surgical procedures for both surgeons and patients, ensuring superior performance and safety.

Choosing a surgical table that meets OR demands requires careful consideration of various factors. Patient safety, optimal positioning, safety features, and the durability of the equipment collectively play a significant role in the success of surgical procedures. We are committed to addressing these factors in our surgical table designs. We are dedicated to meeting the multifaceted challenges you face in the OR, ensuring safer, more efficient, and patient-centric surgical practices.

To learn more about our tables available visit here and meet the Guardian Series, the next generation of surgical tables from Skytron. The GS70 Salus was designed with staff and patient security in mind. Named after Salus, the Roman goddess of safety and well-being, the GS70 operates under that pretense with its unique features by keeping the OR Team informed and safe before, during, and after surgery.