Definition : Combinations of metal or hard plastic structures (tracks) and sliding devices (carriers) that can be displaced internally along track channels; tracks and carriers are designed to suspend hangers from the ceiling. The tracks are typically long, (e.g., 6 m [20 feet]) straight or curved, hollow sections of extruded metal (e.g., steel, aluminum) or hard synthetics (e.g., plastic, nylon) with an appropriate profile. The carriers typically consist of a set of one or more wheels or sliding bars. Tracks and carriers are used mainly on the ceilings of bed areas of hospitals, nursing centers, and other healthcare facilities; dedicated devices are available to hang curtains providing temporary privacy to a patient and/or to hang intravenous infusion containers.
UMDC code : 15618