Manufacturers are leading the way in developing point of care medical workstations. Advances in technology are changing the way patient care is delivered in the healthcare industry, and medical computers are at the forefront. However, there are many factors to consider before investing in one of the wide arrays of computer workstations. Some key factors to take into account are listed below.

1. Space-Saving

The main desk in a healthcare setting is often a focal point. Patients can talk to staff and healthcare professionals can meet to discuss notes. However, they also consume space that could be used for the benefit of patients and staff.

Replacing a large desk with a mobile computer that stands against the wall can increase the space available. Keyboard trays can be pushed back under the screen to create an even larger area for movement. Workflow is improved and efficiency increased.

2. Accuracy of Records

Completed notes can be effortlessly entered into the computer cart at the point of care. As the cart is mobile, it can be wheeled to a patient’s bed, and the notes inputted at the time of assessment.

Inputting information immediately means there is less chance of error. A physician is less likely to forget a point, no matter how minor, and nurses, pharmacists, and CNAs will not have to interpret illegible writing.

3. Increased Efficiency

Healthcare professionals need to have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips. A delay in knowing the results of lab tests could change the course of treatment.

When results are added to a patient’s file, a physician can simply access the mobile workstation and assess the results immediately. Being completed at a patient’s bedside, this is a powerful tool that can save lives.

4. Reduces Risk of Infection

A central area for accessing information is a high-risk area for transferring infections. Should one person fail to follow infection control measures, they could potentially spread infections to their colleagues and to patients. Computer workstations are an obvious shared piece of equipment.

A mobile workstation can be equipped with infection control measures that can be used before each use. Not only will the healthcare professional know that they are following best practices, but the patient is reassured that the equipment is clean.

5. Benefits to Users

Mobile workstations are height-adjustable. This is an excellent feature for patient engagement, as a healthcare professional can lower both the screen and a seat to the height of the patient’s bed. However, there are also benefits for the users of the mobile medical cart.

Sitting for long periods may cause a sore back or neck. Studies have also suggested health benefits can come from standing more during a working day. As these workstations are adjustable, it is simple to raise the height and work while standing upright.

6. Safety Benefits

While they can carry a significant amount of equipment, mobile carts can be very light. Models can weigh as little as 50 lbs. or less. Should a patient stumble and collide with a workstation, this lightweight design ensures there will not be a heavy machine falling on them.

The workstations are also very sturdy, meaning they are unlikely to move or fall in the event of an accident in any case. Pedal-locking casters can be engaged each time the cart is stationary.

The Takeaway

Investing in one of our workstations may be an easy decision to make. However, it is important to pick the right one for your needs. Ensure you’ve picked the right size, weight, and features you need for your environment. For professional advice, contact us for more information at (512)-598-5978.

Steve is a former healthcare professional who writes about technological advancements in the industry, with a special interest in the geriatric demographic.
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