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A Guide for Healthcare Professionals: Selecting the Perfect Mayo Stand

Choosing a suitable Mayo stand can significantly improve your work day, whether in a busy operating room, an outpatient clinic, or any healthcare environment.  A broad range is available, and choosing the right one can be difficult.  This blog will explore the factors to consider when selecting the perfect Mayo stand for your needs.

Understanding the Mayo Stand:
A Mayo stand is designed to lay out surgical instruments and supplies during a procedure.  It's characterized by its adjustable height, removable tray, and sturdy construction, making it an indispensable piece of equipment.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Mayo Stand

Usage and Setting: How will the  Mayo stand be used?  This will affect many of the following points.
Height Adjustment: Mayo stands are adjustable in height.  The mechanisms have particular purposes and are the place to start when deciding on a stand. 
1. The traditional mayo stand uses a thumb knob to adjust the height.  This type assumes that the user is not sterile when adjusting the height. 
2. A foot-operated model allows a user to release the tray hands-free and is one of the better options for surgical suites.  The tray can be held by the draping or by the vertical post for non-sterile users.
3. The plunger is a unique mechanism that allows users to adjust a mayo stand from the opposite side of the operating room table.  The mechanism is under the drape but can be depressed while holding the draped tray and adjusted without being on the same side of the operating room table.

Stability and Durability: A chrome mayo stand has a very short life span and is acceptable for areas that are not sterile or heavily cleaned with healthcare cleaners.  Chrome will quickly degrade or corrode, while stainless steel will give you the durability required for most hospital settings.  That being said, not all stainless steel stands are equal.  Look for one with solid welded legs with a stance at least as wide as the tray.
Tray Size and Configuration: The tray size is usually also aligned with the weight capacity of the stand, and there are three standard tray sizes.

  • 13x19" for small procedures
  • 16x21" for most procedures
  • 21x25" for large setups like orthopedic procedures.

Mobility: Depending on your needs, you might want a Mayo stand with a 5-caster base for easy maneuverability.  This type will not slide under a table or stretcher but is very mobile.  The traditional sled base allows you to put the feet under tight spaces and straddle the patient, but is not as easily moved from room to room.
IPAC: Opt for a stand that is easy to clean and disinfect, with surfaces that can withstand rigorous cleaning protocols.  Many materials other than stainless steel will break down with the cleaners used in healthcare today.
Weight Capacity: Different procedures require different capacities, some of which can be heavy.  Choose a Mayo stand with a weight capacity that exceeds the heaviest load you anticipate using.
Budget: Like any equipment purchase, it is important to weigh the value of cost vs. lifespan.  A mayo stand is an important piece of equipment that is relied on to perform daily.  It is better to slightly overbuy for your requirements.

In healthcare, every detail matters, and selecting the right Mayo stand is no exception.  Considering these factors, you can choose a Mayo stand that aligns with your healthcare setting's needs.  A well-chosen Mayo stand can contribute significantly to smoother procedures, better organization, and enhanced patient care.