Purchasing med carts for your hospital or patient care unit represents a significant investment in the infrastructure of your facility. Med carts are used by diverse staff members on a daily basis and when well-designed for the facility they are used in, can increase the safety and efficiency of patient care.
On the other hand, medication carts or medication carts that do not have the features that you require can endanger patient safety, increase the risk of medication errors and sentinel events, and decrease the speed and efficiency at which nurses can do their jobs.
If you are a manager or other professional who is in charge of making or influencing purchasing decisions at your facility, here are some of the most important factors that you should be considering when you make the decision to purchase new med carts for your hospital, clinic, or other area of practice
1. Know What You Are Looking for And How Your Med Carts Will Be Used
The greatest error that managers make when choosing new med carts for their facility is not understanding where, when, and how medication carts are used in their facility.
For example, in some facilities medication carts are stationary and do not move from location to location, where in others the medication carts are rolled from room to room by the nurses as they give medications to each patient.
Some med carts are used every day on an hourly basis, while others are only in emergency situations as “crash carts.” The frequency with which the cart is used should factor into the durability of construction materials that is required.
2. Decide on Your Must-Have Features
The features that your med cart must have are also highly dependent on the nature of your facility and the patient care that is done within it.
Carts that are used in settings such as long-term care often feature the ability to have individualized drawers feature a label with the first and last name of the client or resident, and often a photo of their face as well.
You may wish to have a cart that can carry a computer for documentation, a patient chart, or any other number of special features.
3. Wheeled or Non-Wheeled Carts?
Whether or not your medication carts have wheels for increased mobility is an important consideration.
If nurses or doctors are pushing your medication carts around to the point of patient care, then wheels are probably your best bet. There are dozens of fantastic wheeled medication carts that can meet the needs of any facility.
4. Choosing Med Cart Peripherals: What You Need to Know
Peripherals are all of the useful features and attachments that you can add to your medication cart to optimize its utility and functioning in your setting.
These may include printers, scanners, label makers, different drawer configurations, chart holders, sharps containers, wastebaskets, and many more peripheral options.
For example, in the acute care setting, medical carts often have a barcode scanner where the patient’s wrist and the medications can be scanned to improve patient safety when medications are administered.
With a wider range of high quality med carts for sale than any other online source, Scott-Clark Medical is the world’s foremost provider of medical cart solutions.
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