Casters are widely used in the medical industry for applications such as hospital beds, equipment carts, surgical tables, and IV poles. Medical casters must tolerate exposure to the various cleaning and disinfectant fluids used in hospitals. Hospital beds and stretchers are typically equipped with a central caster locking system that allow all casters to be simultaneously locked by one person. Medical equipment casters must often have high load capacities, with low profiles and swivel resistance, to accommodate high patient or equipment weight while providing ease of operation over different floor types and through tight spaces.
Safety and reliability are paramount for casters that support (e.g., hospital beds) patients. Consequently, medical casters are subject to industry requirements.