Stretcher User Guide

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

Before using your stretcher please take the time to read our user 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 stretchers designed for a wide variety of facility types, departmental use and procedures.

 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 stretcher 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.
  • Stretcher top must be in the lowest position when patients are getting on or off the stretcher, with access from either side only.
  • Maximum static patient load capacity on the backrest must not exceed 100kg distributed evenly or damage to locking struts and frame may occur.
  • Maximum static patient load capacity on the stretcher is 300kg and must not be exceeded. Weight must be distributed as evenly as possible on stretcher top. Any weight loading above 150kg must be wheeled on smooth, level flooring and attended by more than one staff member.
  • Only apply brakes when stretcher is stationary.
  • Brakes are to be fully applied during bed / stretcher transfers and attended by qualified clinical staff.

General Use

  • Backrest must be raised and lowered with care to prevent possible strain to the operator.
  • Check that all fingers, hands and limbs are clear before lowering backrest.
  • Stretcher 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 stretcher, 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.

Dropsides

  • Stretcher must never be raised or moved with dropsides down.
  • Patients on a stretcher 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 stretcher may occur.
  • Dropsides locked in mid position should not be subjected to any downward force exceeding 30kg static loading as this may result in damage to the stretcher or personal injury.

Electric Operation

  • All electric functions must be operated only by suitably qualified clinical staff in attendance.
  • Stretcher top must not be lowered onto any object or irreparable damage will 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 backrest and knee break.
  • Ensure that the electric backrest is supported by a staff member each side before using the quick release.
  • ONLY USE THE BACKREST CPR QUICK RELEASE IN AN EMERGENCY - continuous use will prematurely wear or damage the release mechanism.
  • If the backrest quick release is activated, lower the backrest completely flat to reset the quick release.
  • Only charge via a standard 240V power point. DO NOT MOVE the stretcher before disconnecting mains power.

Sliding Top System

  • Do up manual slide lock firmly and securely after each use and before tilting top.
  • Do not release slide lock when stretcher top is tilted.
  • If slide does not lock firmly and securely, do not use the stretcher under any circumstances, until an authorised service person has re-tensioned or adjusted the lock.
  • Always operate an electrically powered sliding top with care, ensuring all personnel and any other obstructions are clear before use.

Maintenance

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

IV Pole

The standard removable IV Pole may be stored on the stretcher base or a folding IV Pole will be permanently mounted to either end of the stretcher top. The removable pole can be fitted into one of the square corner sockets on the stretcher top (normally in all four corners). A folding IV pole is either stood up to its upright position and dropped slightly to lock into place, or lifted slightly and lowered into its lying down position.

To raise the IV hanger.

Lift the hanger and let go. The hanger will automatically lock into the desired height setting.

To lower the IV hanger.

Pull down on the lock body to release. Support the hanger and lower it to the desired height, letting go of the lock body to re-lock. 


Steer / Brake System

There are variety of ways stretcher steering is controlled while moving. These include a corner castor locked into a straight position or a 5th (or center) steer wheel pressured onto the floor.

To steer the stretcher.

Press one of the corner GREEN pedals on the base down fully to activate steering. Press the opposite RED pedal back to the horizontal (neutral) position to disengage steering.

To brake when parked.

Press one of the corner RED pedals down fully to activate all four castor brakes. Press the opposite GREEN pedal back to the horizontal (neutral) position to disengage the brakes.


Manual (hydraulic) Raise, Lower & Tilt

To operate the backrest.

Squeeze the red lever under the outer end of the backrest and raise or lower. release the lever to re-lock the backrest position.

To raise and lower the stretcher top.

Pump down on the GREEN raise pedal on the stretcher base to raise the top. To lower, press both RED pedals together.

To tilt the stretcher top.

To tilt either the head or foot end of the stretcher top down, press one RED lower pedal as per the direction on the stretcher base.


Power Assisted (electric) Raise, Lower & Tilt

To operate the backrest. 

Press the UPWARD facing arrow labeled 'BACK' on the handset to raise. Press the DOWNWARD facing arrow to lower. 

To raise and lower the stretcher top. 

Press the UPWARD facing arrow labeled 'HIGH/LOW' on the handset to raise. Press the DOWNWARD facing arrow to lower.

To tilt the stretcher top. 

Press the DOWNWARD facing arrows labeled 'TILT (FOOT/HEAD)' on the handset to lower either end of the stretcher top.

To raise and lower knee break (option). 

Press the UPWARD facing arrow labeled 'KNEE' on the handset to raise. Press the DOWNWARD facing arrow to lower.

To contour the stretcher top (option). 

Press the UPWARD facing arrow labeled 'BACK & KNEE' on the handset to raise both the backrest and knee break to a sitting position together. Press the DOWNWARD facing arrow to lower back to a the lying position together.


Power Assisted (electric) Charging

Removable battery.

Note - Position of the battery and controller cradle will vary according to the stretcher configuration. 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, plug stretcher into mains power (if available) or 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.  

Mains power cable.

The stretcher should always be operated while powered with a standard 240V outlet. ALWAYS ENSURE LEAD IS UNPLUGGED BEFORE MOVING THE STRETCHER. There is a battery backup to allow stretcher operation whilst unplugged. 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, immediately plug unit into a mains power outlet to recharge battery for a minimum of 6 hours. Failure to comply with this will result in shortening of battery life.


Dropsides

There are several styles of dropside, the most common being the Classic style with vertical risers and Deluxe style which lowers and folds underneath the stretcher top. 

Classic style dropside.

To release, lift the dropside lock tab and then lower the dropside. When the dropside is lifted into its upright position, it will automatically lock.  

Deluxe style dropside.

To release, lift the dropside lock tab and then lower the dropside. When the dropside is lifted into its upright position, it will automatically lock.  

Horizontal rail dropside.

To release, pull the dropside lock knob out and then lower the dropside. When the dropside is lifted into its upright position, it will automatically lock.  


Accessory Sockets

A pair of sockets are provided on the foot end of the stretcher top for a range of accessories such as end rails, monitor boards and folding foot boards.There is an optional head end accessory socket option also available.

Installing an accessory.

Loosely insert the accessory into both sockets and then either one at a time or with both hands upside down and using your forefingers, depress the lock buttons and allow the accessory to drop in. Ensure both locks have activated after installation.

Removing an accessory.

Either one at a time or with both hands upside down and using your forefingers, depress the lock buttons and lift the accessory out slightly. Once both lock buttons are released, lift and remove the accessory completely.


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 mattress 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 stretcher 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 stretcher 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.

 

Purchase Record

Please complete and retain for your own records:

Date Purchased  
Stretcher Model  
Serial Number  
Distributor  

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 fabricated 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.
  • All electric parts not covered by the above warranty are found to have a manufacturing defect within (2) two years from the date of invoice.
  • The stretcher mattress not covered by the above warranty, is found within (2) two years from the date of invoice to have defect. This includes faulty cover material, faulty seam welding and foam failure.
  • Any externally supplied moving parts including springs, castors, hydraulic rams, gas struts, pivots etc not covered by the above warranty, are subject to third party warranties or 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 stretcher ever require attention due to a failure as defined under the warranty above, please contact Modsel or your local distributor from whom your stretcher was originally purchased.

 

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