How to Create the Perfect Exam Room – Part 1

Running a medical practice and making it the best it can be is no easy task. You’re in charge of a unique business dedicated to caring for communities of people, and your facility needs to be designed in a way that facilitates positive interactions. Though the experience you create begins in the parking lot and continues in the waiting room, the examination room is the main event.

The examination room is the safe place where patients and their loved ones can meet with your staff, and it’s absolutely essential that the room be designed to foster communication between the guests and the caregiver. At Medical Waste Disposal, we do a majority of our work for doctors’ offices behind the scenes, but we are the allies of the practices we serve, and completely dedicated to helping you find success. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss the elements of a world-class exam room. We hope they give you some inspiration!

The Exam Table

The exam table is the center of the room, and it is the one piece of equipment that every patient who enters the room will touch. As a result, it really needs to be universally accessible. Whenever a patient has to be lifted or helped onto a table, it puts a burden on staff and generally makes the patient uncomfortable.

In order to be accessible to the elderly, the pregnant, and everyone else in between, a table needs to be able to move. We’re talking about rising a lowering, which is a pretty big change from the fixed-height tables of old. A great exam table won’t have any barriers and will be able to lower down to a height of 17 to 19 inches.

If you run a practice that requires procedure tables, like a dentist, these also need to be very accessible. You’re dealing with a more complex mechanism here, but it should have powered tilts for both the foot and the back, allowing the patient to get comfortable while providing more convenient access for physicians. Rotation is also an important consideration here, because it can allow the patient to be moved into diagnostic equipment without much movement. When it comes to procedure tables, the mess movement for the physician, the better. The great news is, you can keep your patients comfortable while keeping things convenient for those who treat them.


There are a few considerations to make when it comes to the casework and cabinetry in your exam rooms. They need to serve both the physician and the patient, while being aesthetically pleasing and practical. The good news is, medical cabinetry is tougher than run-of-the-mill cabinetry, and can include features like pull-out desks at about 30 inches to make paperwork for patients or physicians a breeze. The sink should always be located in a corner so if water splashes on the floor, it is isolated and less likely to cause slips.

Part of creating a good experience for your patients is making sure all of your medical waste gets where it needs to go safely and cleanly. Turn to us in Arizona for medical waste disposal today!

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