In a healthcare facility, ice is used for specific tasks including post-operative use, dietary needs and treatment to reduce swelling and inflammation. For each of these tasks, ice needs to be readily available within an easy to use and easy to maintain unit. Let’s take a look at the best ice machines for healthcare facilities.
Residential Care, Hospitals and Doctor’s Offices
Countertop Nugget Ice Machine and Dispenser
For busy doctor’s offices or hallways within hospitals and residential care facilities, nothing beats the convenience of a dependable countertop ice machine and dispenser. With this type of commercial ice machine within reach, medical staff can retrieve ice quickly and within close proximity to treatment areas.
Nugget ice is ideal for healthcare facilities as it is easy to chew, easy to mold and slow to melt, making it the best choice for dietary needs and ice packs. The dispenser mechanism speeds up the process for retrieving ice and minimizes the risk of cross-contamination. Ideally, healthcare facilities should look for countertop ice machine dispensers with touch-free controls. This type of control dispenses ice when a cup or other receptacle is sensed under the chute. Dispensing ice machines are often constructed with a built-in water dispenser as well.
Emergency Rooms and Laboratories
Undercounter Ice Machines
An Undercounter Ice Machine is a self-contained ice maker with an attached storage bin. This type of ice machine is designed to fit under countertop areas and provide quick access to ice without getting in the way of the fast-paced environment of an emergency room. Undercounter ice machines are also ideal for laboratories as they leave valuable countertop areas free for charts and documents.
Undercounter ice machines are available for every style of ice. However, flake, nugget and cube ice are most often used in ER’s and laboratory settings. Flake ice is perfect for sculpting into therapeutic ice molds, cube ice is very slow to melt and nugget ice offers a chewable texture for patients. When shopping for an undercounter ice machine, be sure to measure the total space available, which includes height, depth and width. Also, consider how the bin door opens. Choose an undercounter ice machine with a lift and slide door to keep hands free for scooping and walkways passable.
We Recommend: Ice-O-Matic 238 lb Self-Contained Half Cube Ice Machine
Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Flake Ice Machine and Bin Combination
Flake ice is perfect for filling or molding ice packs for therapeutic use. Shopping for a flake ice machine and a separate bin can be confusing and time-consuming. We suggest purchasing an ice machine and bin combination unit that is already matched up and ready to install. The full-size floor model combination units are perfect for physical therapy and sports medicine clinics as they provide a large volume of ice on a daily basis.
When shopping for a combination flake ice machine and storage bin unit, be sure to note the daily yield of ice produced as well as the bin’s total storage capacity. In our Commercial Ice Machine Buying Guide, we outline how to calculate the amount of ice your business will need in a day. For further information, see the ice machine buying guide section titled: Which Size Commercial Ice Machine do You Need.
We Recommend: Scotsman 450 lb Flake Ice Machine with Storage Bin
Find the right ice machine for your healthcare facility and keep your patients happy and healthy. With the right specifications in place, you can have a quiet, efficient and dependable ice machine for years to come.