Childminder™ 31300E/L & 31301E/L
1. Introduction ........................................................................................3
2. Assembly ............................................................................................4
3. Installation ..........................................................................................6
4. Operation ............................................................................................7
6. Maintenance .....................................................................................15
7. Accessories, Fitting and Operation ...............................................17
8. Warranty and Service ......................................................................21
9. Dimensions and Data ......................................................................22
10. Transportation and Storage............................................................23
Warnings and Cautions
WARNINGS given in this manual identify possible hazards in conditions or
procedures which, if not correctly followed, could result in death, injury or
other serious adverse reactions.
Cautions given in this manual identify conditions or procedures which, if not
correctly followed, could result in equipment failure or damage.
Notes given in this manual (indicated by ) are used to explain or amplify a
procedure or condition.
Do not use accessories which are not designed or approved for
use with the equipment.
Always use a mattress of the correct size and which has been
approved for use with the cot.
Always apply the brakes when the cot is stationary.
These cots are designed for infants and small children. For the
safety of the patient, the clinically qualified person responsible
should consider the age, size and condition of the child before
deciding that the cot is suitable for use.
Always make sure that the operating handset is stored away in
the compartment provided and is secured to prevent patient
This manual gives instructions for the use and maintenance of Huntleigh
Healthcare Childminder™ adjustable height children’s cots, model numbers
31300E/L and 31301E/L.
Both models have adjustable sides, removable head and foot end, two way tilt,
linked brake castors and electrically powered height adjustment. Model
31301E/L incorporates an adjustable backrest.
Model 31300E/L cot
The cot may be delivered in a partly disassembled form. Assemble using the
Check that for each unit you have the following
items:a) 1 Main deck frame and electrical base
b) 2 Side frame assemblies complete with
safety sides and side panels.
Head end (incorporates adjustable
backrest on model 31301E/L only).
M10 Socket screws.
1. Stand the deck and electrical base assembly on a
flat, level floor and apply the brakes.
2. Use the control handset to raise the deck to full
height. It should be possible to do this using battery
power. If not, temporarily connect the cot to the
mains power supply. (See Section 3, Installation.)
3. Fit the two side frame assemblies (b) to the deck
frame (with the laminated side panels on the
inside), using the eight M10 socket screws (e) and
washers (f). The screws will be stiff to turn as they
are self locking. Do not fully tighten yet.
4. Raise one safety side fully so that the upper rail is
touching both top leg lugs. While in this position,
fully tighten the four M10 socket screws. Repeat
this operation on the other side.
5. Install the foot end, passing it down through the tilt
adjusting handle. Locate the pins on the upper rail
in the small lugs at the top of the legs. Locate the
bottom channel over the cross bar on the deck
frame ensuring that the latch (B) is engaged.
6. Install the head end in the same manner as the foot
end. On model 31301E/L, ensure that the backrest
is inside the cot.
7. Check operation of the tilt mechanism. Check that
safety sides can be raised and lowered easily and
that side catches function correctly. On model
31301E/L, check the operation of the backrest
Unwind the mains supply cable from the cable tidy at the head of the cot and
connect it to a suitable socket outlet.
A two -pin to three -pin mains safety adaptor (Part No. S5761) is
supplied for UK use. If the cot is accidentally moved whilst
connected to the mains supply, the lead and adaptor are designed
to separate, preventing damage to the 3 pin plug or socket.
Do not attempt to insert the two-pin mains connector directly
into a 13 amp mains outlet.
Make sure that the mains cable is not stretched when
Make sure that the handset and mains cables cannot become
entangled with moving parts of the cot.
When the cot is to be moved, disconnect the mains cable from
the socket outlet and store the cable on the cable tidy at the
head of the cot. Always remove the cable from the cable tidy
when it is connected to the power supply.
An equipotential terminal in accordance with the requirements of
IEC 601-1 (EN 60601-1) is provided on the mattress deck frame at
the head end of the cot.
The height of the cot is adjusted by means of push
buttons on the control handset.
When a button is pressed, the cot will move in the
appropriate direction until the button is released or the
limit of travel is reached.
Push button control handset
When not in use, the control handset should be kept in the
storage compartment provided at the foot end of the cot. This
compartment has a lock and key to prevent unauthorised use of
the control handset.
Make sure that the handset is pushed fully into its storage
compartment to prevent the locking mechanism from damaging
Each safety side can be adjusted to three positions.
To raise: Lift the side until the catches drop beneath
the hooks at maximum, intermediate or low height,
then let it down until the hooks are engaged on the
To lower: Lift the side slightly to disengage the hooks,
raise both catches and allow the side to drop.
When moving down from maximum height, the side
will lock in the intermediate position unless you
continue to hold the catches.
Cot safety side catches
Drainage Bag Rail
On each side of the cot is a rail (A) for the support of
urine / drainage bags. There is a recess in the bottom
rail of each safety side which allows it to be raised or
lowered without interfering with the drainage tubes.
Ensure that the drainage tubes are passed through both
guide hooks (B) and (C) and behind the rail (D).
Drainage tube guides
If the safety side is lowered the drainage tubes can be
released from the guide hooks and the drainage bag can
be passed through the bars of the safety side. This
allows the patient to be removed from the cot without
having to disconnect the drainage tubes.
There are eighteen selectable positions between 12°
foot-up and 8° foot-down.
If an adjustable backrest is fitted, make sure the backrest is
vertical and the head end is securely latched before operating
the tilt mechanism.
To adjust: Hold the bow-shaped handle firmly and
push aside the child proof safety catch before
squeezing the tilt operating lever. Adjust the tilt in
either direction to the required angle. Let go of the
lever and move the bow shaped handle up and
down until the nearest fixed locking position is
Two way tilt adjustment
There is a bow pedal located at the foot end of the cot
that operates all linked castors simultaneously.
When the pedal is in the horizontal position, the brakes
are free and all the castors are able to rotate and swivel.
When the pedal is pressed down, it applies the brakes
on all four castors.
When the pedal is lifted up, it engages one foot end
castor (in line) so that it cannot swivel. The cot can
then be pushed and steered from the head end.
Castors, brakes and steering
and Foot End
To remove: Release the latch by pressing the chrome
button ‘B’ (in the centre of the deck frame cross bar)
and lift off the end.
To refit: Locate the pins on the upper rail in the small
lugs at the top of the legs and locate the bottom channel
over the cross bar on the deck frame, ensuring that the
latch is engaged. If the head end has an adjustable
backrest, install it with the backrest inside the cot.
Removable head or foot end
Hold the backrest with one hand and use the other to
operate the release lever. Adjust the backrest and let go
of the lever to lock in the required position.
Ensure that the backrest is vertical and the head end is securely
latched before operating the tilt mechanism.
Before cleaning, disconnect the cot from the mains power
These instructions also apply to accessories but not to
Wearing protective clothing, clean all surfaces with a
disposable cloth soaked in hand-hot water and a neutral
detergent. Start by cleaning the upper sections of the cot
and work along all horizontal surfaces. Work methodically
towards the lower parts of the cot and clean the wheels last.
Take extra care when cleaning areas that may trap dust or
Rinse with clean water and dry with disposable paper
towels. Allow the cleaned parts to dry before replacing the
Disinfecting After cleaning the cot as described above, wipe all surfaces
with sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) at a
concentration of 1000ppm (0.1 %) of available chlorine.
In the case of pooling body fluids, e.g. blood, the
concentration of NaDCC should be increased to 10,000ppm
(1%) of available chlorine.
Do not use phenol based cleaning solutions.
Do not use abrasive compounds or pads.
The following preventive maintenance procedures should be carried out at
intervals of 12 months.
Before commencing any maintenance activity, disconnect the
cot from the electrical power supply.
Avoid skin contact with lubricants. Rubber gloves and protective
clothing should be worn when carrying out maintenance work.
Examine the cot for obvious signs of damage. Make sure
that all bolts, nuts and other fixings are tight and not
Check that both catches swing freely and drop down to
engage the hooks when released.
If necessary, remove the safety side and remove the
catches. Clean and re-grease the pivots with Shell
Rhodina Grease 2 and reassemble the catches and the
safety sides. Refer to Section 2, Assembly.
Set the brake bow pedal to each position in turn and
check that the brakes and steering lock are working
efficiently. In the ‘free’ position, make sure that all four
castors turn and swivel easily when the cot is moved.
Brakes that fail to lock indicate that the castor is past its
working life and should be replaced.
Check the tilt box mechanism for correct operation. If the
tilt box fails to unlock this may be because the release
cable has stretched. To remedy this adjust the two nuts
which hold the outer cable close to the release lever.
Loosen the nuts and take up the slack. Do not overtighten
the cable. When operation is satisfactory, re-tighten the
If the lock mechanism fails to engage, first make sure the
cable is not over adjusted. Check the plunger and spring
for freedom of movement. If it is sticking, clean and regrease with Shell Rhodina Grease 2.
Every six months, the battery condition should be checked
Electrical equipment can be hazardous if misused. The control
box covers should only be removed by an approved Huntleigh
Healthcare service technician.
Make sure that the cot has been connected to the
Mains power supply for 24 hours.
Disconnect the cot from the mains power
Apply a load of 20kg to the mattress
Raise and lower the mattress platform, from
minimum to maximum height, three times.
If the cot does not operate satisfactorily, it may
mean that the batteries need replacing, consult a
Huntleigh Healthcare service technician or agent.
7. Accessories, Fitting and Operation
A replacement head end, model 31320, incorporating an
adjustable backrest is available as an optional accessory for
cot model 31300E/L.
Fitting the replacement head end converts the cot to model
Refer to Section 4, Operation.
I.V. Drip Rod
A clamp-on I.V. bracket and rod model 31322 can be
attached at the head or foot end as required.
Attach the clamp to the rectangular, longitudinal member
of the deck frame, between the leg and the guide rod and
tighten the clamp screw firmly. Check that the safety side
can move up and down without obstruction.
Hold the telescoping rod firmly, loosen the locking collar
(1) and adjust the telescopic rod to the desired height (2),
then re-tighten the locking collar (3).
IV Rod - adjustment
The kit comprises:
fracture bow assembly
short fracture fitting assembly
longitudinal tube assembly
cross tube assembly
double fracture clamp assembly
fracture clamp pulley assembly
Take a fracture bow assembly (703-146) and attach it
to the legs of the cot frame, at the head end and with
the lugs resting on the top of the cot legs. Tighten the
Attach fracture bow (703-146) to cot frame
Attach the second bow assembly to the foot end.
Attach two double fracture clamp assemblies (518-17),
open end uppermost, to the top of the bow assemblies one on each and near the middle (A).
Install the longitudinal tube (518-45) in the fracture
clamps (B). Arrange symmetrically and tighten both
screws on each clamp.
Install one or more short fracture fitting assemblies
(518-44) on the longitudinal tube, pointing left or right
as required. Secure the clamp tightly.
At the head end or foot end as required, attach two short
fracture fittings (518-44) - one on each leg of the cot
and pointing outward. Adjust the fracture fittings to the
same height and secure firmly.
Fracture clamp assembly (518-17)
Attach two fracture clamps (518-17), open end uppermost,
one to each of the fracture fittings. Install the cross tube
assembly (518-34) in the clamps and tighten both screws on
each clamp to secure.
Fracture frame components on the cot
Attach the third fracture fitting (518-44) as and if required.
Attach pulley clamps (518-20) as required. Secure the clamps
Adjust the position of pulleys and other components to suit
traction requirements. Always ensure that weights are correctly
and securely attached to the traction cord.
The specialised C.D.H. frame can be clamped onto
the cot when needed. The kit comprises:
C.D.H. bow assembly
C.D.H. bracket assembly L/H
C.D.H. bracket assembly R/H
Fracture clamp pulley assembly
Attach the pair of bracket assemblies (703-152 and 703153) to the legs of the cot, at the head and foot end, and
on the same side. Fit the brackets with the clamping
screws on the outside, the horizontal member uppermost
and inside the cot.
Adjust the brackets to the same height, just above the
middle leg lug, and tighten all four clamp screws
Attach the bow assembly (703-149) to the support
brackets, adjust symmetrically and tighten clamp
CDH frame bracket assemblies
Attach two pulley clamps (518-20) to the bow
assembly. Secure the clamps tightly.
Move the pulley clamps to any position around the
bow as treatment requires.
8. Warranty and Service
Huntleigh Healthcare’s standard terms and conditions apply to all sales. A copy
is available on request. These contain full details of warranty terms and do not
limit the statutory rights of the consumer.
For service, maintenance and any questions regarding this, or any other
Huntleigh product, please contact:
310 – 312 Dallow Road
9. Dimensions and Data
Childminder™ Cots 31300E/L & 31301E/L - Dimensions
Height to mattress platform
Height of safety side above
mattress platform (maximum)
Mattress size (Model 31324)
130 x 66 x 10 cm
Product weight (approximate)
Maximum Safe Working Load
Electrical Safety Standards
Electric shock protection
Liquid ingress protection
1.5A max. at 230V a.c. 50/60Hz
Intermittent 10% (2 min./20 min.)
Complies with EN 60601-1
(BS 5724: Part 1, IEC 601-1)
Complies with BS EN 60601-1-2
2 x 12V series connected sealed,
rechargeable, lead/acid gel 1.2 amp hrs.
In accordance with the
requirements of IEC 601-1
10. Transportation and Storage
Handle with care. Do not drop. Avoid shock or violent impact.
The equipment should be stored in a clean, dry and well ventilated area.
The following limits apply during transport and for a storage period of up to 15
-10°C to 50°C
20% to 90% at 30°C, non-condensing
70 kPa to 106 kPa
The following limits apply to operating conditions or longer periods of storage:
5°C to 40°C
20% to 90% at 30°C, non-condensing
70 kPa to 106 kPa
Certificate No. 943522
The CE mark on these products
demonstrates conformity with
the Medical Devices Directive
Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd
Unit 3 Britannia Park, Trident Drive, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 7XB. U.K.
As our policy is one of continuous development Huntleigh Healthcare reserves the right to
change specifications without notice.
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