Shower Trolley User Guide

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Thank you for placing your confidence in our shower trolleys. They have been engineered from quality materials and hand-made with care to fulfil the requirements of the healthcare industry. Your trolley will give years of trouble-free service if used and cared for in accordance with our directions.

Before using your shower trolley, please take the time to read our Operation Guide carefully and familiarise yourself with the controls and operation of the unit.

It is important to assess that this equipment is suitable for your patients clinical needs.

 

Modsel offers a range of trolleys designed for a wide variety of facilities and types of use.


 Warnings

These warnings must be read and understood by all personnel who will use our products.

Patient/Staff Safety

  • Patients, especially children must not be left unattended on or with a trolley at any time.
  • Care must be taken in the operation of all moving parts and accessories to minimise risk of injury to staff or patients.
  • Trolley top must be in the lowest position when patients are getting on or off the trolley, with access from either side only.
  • Maximum static patient load capacity on the trolley is 180kg or 300kg depending on the model type and must not be exceeded. Weight must be distributed as evenely as possible on trolley top. Any weight loading abov 150kg must be wheeled on smooth, level flooring and attended by more than one staff member.
  • Only apply brakes when trolley is stationary.
  • Brakes are to be fully applied during bed / trolley transfers and attended by qualified clinical staff.

General Use

  • Trolley must never be left on sloping surfaces unattended, even with brakes fully engaged.
  • Traversing side on, across slopes is to be avoided under any circumstances.
  • On wet or slippery flooring do not lean or apply unnecessary force against trolley, as it may slide; even with brakes fully applied.
  • Clips, locks and retainers are supplied by the manufacturer for patient / staff safety and must not be removed.

Drainage Tilt

  • Re-aligning the shower trolley from drainage position to level while a patient is on the trolley involves a manual lift. This is not necessary for the completion of a safe patient transfer.
  • Each situation should be assessed on a per patient basis, with heavy patients being of more concern. Please consult your Workplace Health and Safety Officer regarding official policy and correct procedures within your establishment.

Dropsides

  • Trolley must never be raised or moved with dropsides down.
  • Patients on a trolley with dropsides down, must always be attended by qualified clinical staff.
  • Dropside releases must be operated only by suitably qualified clinical staff in attendance.
  • Check that all fingers, hands and limbs are clear before lowering dropsides.
  • Side loading on any dropsides should not exceed 80 kg or damage to the trolley may occur.

 Electric Operation

  • All electric functions must be operated only by suitably qualified clinical staff in attendance.
  • Trolley top must not be lowered onto any object or irreparable damage may occur to the lifters. This is a built in safety feature to assist in preventing damage to other equipment or injury.
  • Fingers, hands and limbs must be kept clear of any electrically operated parts such as lifting arms.
  • Do not recharge the battery in a wet area.

Maintenance

  • Periodic maintenance must be done in accordance with the user guide to ensure the safest product at all times and meet warranty requirements.
  • If any faults are evident, the shower trolley should be immediately removed from service until repaired.

Steer / Brake System

To steer the trolley, press the corner GREEN pedal on the base down fully to activate steering or engage the steering bracket if fitted. Lift the pedal to release. To brake when parked, press the corner RED pedals down fully to activate each castor brake. Lift the pedal to release.

Manual (hydraulic) Raise & Lower

To raise the trolley top, pump down on the GREEN raise pedal on the trolley base to raise the top. To lower the trolley top, press down and hold the RED lower pedal on the trolley base to lower the top.


Top Drainage Tilt

To tilt the trolley top for drainage, lift the GREEN release lever on the foot end of the trolley top. Always ensure the top is supported to control speed of tilt.

Dropside

To operate the dropsides, lift the BLACK release levers at both ends together at the same time. Ensure the dropside is supported to control speed of lowering and push back under to catch and hold. When the dropside is lifted into its upright position, it will automatically lock.  


Drain Hose

To remove for cleaning, unscrew the hose nut under the trolley top. To re-install, tighten the hose nut firmly by hand.

Liner

To remove or replace the bath liner or mat, twist the two liner retainer clips under both sides of the trolley top a quarter turn. Pull tab down to remove. Replace in reverse order.


Power Assisted (electric) Raise, Lower & Backrest

To raise and lower the trolley top, press the UPWARD facing arrow on the handset to raise. Press the DOWNWARD facing arrow to lower. To operate the backrest (option), press the UPWARD facing arrow labeled as backrest on the handset to raise. Press the DOWNWARD facing arrow to lower. 

The number of operations per charge will vary according to the loading of the stretcher. Do not continually run the battery to low charge as this will gradually reduce the battery life. Regular charging of the battery is recommended. Low Battery Warning: On hearing an audible tone from the unit during use, remove the battery for charging immediately. Failure to comply with this will result in shortening of battery life.

To remove the battery, squeeze the lever under the end of the battery to release the lock and then pull away from the control box interface connection, allowing the battery to continue resting on its slide support. Carefully lift the battery out. To install the battery, lift the battery into position and rest on its slide support. Push the battery firmly into the control box interface until you hear the lock click. 

The wall charging unit can be mounted as desired and must be connected to a standard 240V power point. When power is on, a green light on the charging unit will be illuminated. Action of removal and replacement of the battery on both the charger and the trolley is similar, except that the charger is mounted vertically. An orange light will be illuminated during charging and will switch back to green when the battery is fully charged. Charging time may take up to 4 hours. Battery may be left on charger until required.


Patient Handling

Position the shower trolley next to the patient’s bed. Raise trolley to a sufficient height to clear bed and move the shower trolley top over the bed. APPLY BRAKES TO THE TWO WHEELS NEAREST THE OPERATOR, lower trolley top down until it presses firmly onto the mattress. Lay trolley liner out onto mattress then transfer patient onto trolley (the use of a slide sheet is recommended). Raise trolley top to clear the bed. Release brakes taking care that the patient is restrained. Move slowly away from bed. Pull dropside up until it locks pack into position. TROLLEY MUST NEVER BE WHEELED WITHOUT BOTH DROPSIDES LOCKED IN THE RAISED POSITION. NEVER LEAVE THE PATIENT UNATTENDED ON THE TROLLEY. WHEN HANDLING PATIENTS, SURGICAL GLOVES MUST BE WORN.

Adjust height of the trolley to a suitable working height for showering. Trolley may be tilted either during showering or immediately after to allow for water drainage. Locate the drain hose to a position suitable for water drainage. NEVER LEAVE THE PATIENT UNATTENDED IN THE SHOWER. WHEN HANDLING PATIENTS, SURGICAL GLOVES MUST BE WORN. Upon completion of showering, hook the drain hose in the provided location on the trolley end rail with the retaining hook. Return the patient to bed following the above guidelines, taking into account your organisations safety and manual handling procedures.


Cleaning

Cleaning is always a concern. It must happen to control infection and cross contamination, however ongoing changes in technology and supply can affect the life of vital supporting equipment.

We continue to develop our products and use materials or coatings that will withstand the tough and aggressive chemicals used in present cleaning programs. Our ranges of Modsel patient transport stretchers have been carefully designed with the ease of cleaning, safety and longevity in mind.

Cleaning Instructions

  • Nonphenolic disinfectants are recommended in a diluted solution.
  • Use all wipes, detergents and disinfectants according to the manufacturers specifications.
  • Treat specific stains promptly to ensure complete removal, wipe stain from ‘outside in’ to avoid spreading.
  • With difficult bath liner stains, use a mild proprietary vinyl cleaner.
  • Machine washing and autoclaving is not recommended.
  • DO NOT tumble dry, use phenolic disinfectants, abrasive no aqueous cleaners, steel wool or non-proprietary cleaners containing solvents.

DAMAGE CAUSED BY THESE PROCESSES ARE IDENTIFIABLE AND MAY VOID WARRANTY

Wipe off cleaning product residue with a clean, soft cloth and rinse with fresh warm water immediately after use. If particular cleaner/disinfectant is not listed we advise to test the particular surface disinfectant in advance or to contact us in case of any doubts.


Maintenance 

Some parts of a shower trolley such as castors, struts and bushes are subject to heavy daily use and will gradually wear. Periodic maintenance will increase the life of your product by controlling the speed of wear.

After each (12) twelve months of use, the trolley must be checked in accordance with our recommended Service Checklist.  

TO ENSURE WARRANTY, PERIODIC MAINTENANCE RECORDS MUST BE RETAINED.

To service your stretcher, contact your Servicing Engineer, Distributor or Modsel on 1300 785 790.


15 Year Warranty

Designed by us, hand-made with care by us and 100% backed by us... it gives us the confidence to always offer you the longest warranty.

We warrant in the event that:

  • Any welded structure failure is found within (15) fifteen years from the date of invoice due to faulty workmanship.
  • A part or parts of plastic not covered by the above warranty, are found within (5) five years from the date of invoice to have a structural defect.
  • The trolley liner or drain hose not covered by the above warranty, are found within (1) one year from the date of invoice to have a defect.
  • Any moving parts including springs, castors, hydraulic rams, gas struts, pivots etc not covered by the above warranty, are found within (1) one year from the date of invoice to have a structural defect.
  • The purchaser, within (14) fourteen days of discovery of the defect or defects gives written notice to Modsel or their distributor or agent, and:

The defect or defects are not due to:

  • Cosmetic issues such as fading, crazing, discoloration.
  • Lack of maintenance as per minimum requirements.
  • Vandalism, negligence, abuse, accidents, improper installation or normal wear and tear.
  • Products tampered with or altered, modified or repaired by anyone when not approved by Modsel.
  • Conditions such as close proximity to salt, extreme hot or cold temperatures.
  • Non-adherence to cleaning and care instructions.
  • Permeation of fluid substances into foam.
  • Incorrect usage of electric parts as per the operating directions.

Modsel will:

At our option, repair or replace the part or parts found within our reasonable judgement to have been defective in workmanship or materials. Should your shower trolley ever require attention due to a failure as defined under the warranty above, please contact Modsel or your local distributor from whom your trolley was originally purchased.


Purchase Record

Please fill in and retain for your own records:

Date Purchased  
Trolley Model  
Serial Number  
Distributor  



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