Powered medical carts enhance patient care and medical facility productivity by making information and tools easily accessible when caregivers need them most. If your medical cart relies on a battery with a short battery life, you may find your mobile workstations are stationary while the cart is charging more often than is convenient.
High-level medical computer carts employ innovative charging techniques, making for more reliable medical tools.
The Idea Behind Flexible Power Systems
Traditional medical cart battery systems were not up to the task of keeping mobile carts in commission, so Scott-Clark Medical stepped in to make a solution. We designed a flexible power system with the unique needs of healthcare professionals in mind.
Our option makes it possible for nurses to use medical carts continuously throughout their entire shifts while still being ready-for-use when the following shift begins. Intuitively functioning batteries were important to the design of our product, and our power technology is easy to use and makes problem diagnostics simple.
Medical Hot-Swappable Battery System
Hot-swapping batteries makes it possible for medical professionals to remove and replace a depleted battery while the computer remains running. With three batteries on hand, you can switch a depleted battery for a fully-charged battery as the workstation continues to draw power from the third battery.
Some healthcare professionals prefer on-cart charging for their powered medical carts. Scott-Clark Medical’s flexible charging technology allows nurses to charge their assigned medical carts in the way that most benefits their working style.
If you’re near an outlet and have some time to remain there, you can plug your cart into the wall for a booster-charge. Twenty minutes plugged into an outlet can provide the battery power to charge your cart for an hour, so you don’t have to budget time to fully charge your cart.
To best facilitate battery swapping, each cart should be equipped with two battery pockets, and the medical facility should be equipped with Charge Stations (CS). Each CS acts as a battery swap station and will simultaneously support two battery packs.
Each cart will exchange batteries at the CS by removing the battery from the cart, replacing it with a newly charged battery from the CS, and placing the depleted battery in the CS. When the second battery is not in the cart, it will be necessary to first attach the cart to a wall outlet to maintain power to the computer during the exchange. For this reason, it is wise to have a wall outlet near the CS.
Most hospitals choose to ease this process further by using two pockets on the cart. That allows a swapping event to begin by dropping the fresh battery in before pulling the nearly depleted battery out, and it reduces the battery-to-cart ratio from 3:1 to 2:1.
The FMCPT CS has Three Services to Users
- It will diagnose and identify battery pack failures (if there are any).
- It relieves technical support. With other systems, a trouble call requires the immediate attention of a technician to remove, diagnose, and fix the battery failure. With FMCPT, the user exchanges batteries and moves on.
- CS charges batteries.
The CS can display error codes to help with disabling failed batteries and provide guidance to users with intuitive messages. Letter and warning icons help even uninitiated users understand that the battery should not be used. In the end, a failed battery is useless and needs technician attention before it is used again.
Scott-Clark Medical batteries are among the most reliable in the healthcare industry, and the three services provided by the CS deal efficiently battery failures if they do occur. The first two services greatly reduce system costs associated with lost use and unnecessary diagnostic effort by hospital technicians.
Communicate with your Battery
Scott-Clark Medical listens to user feedback to enhance our products. With the SOC II Indicator, you’ll be up-to-date with how your battery is doing with a quick glance.
Large graphics indicate the amount of charge left in each of the connected batteries and even estimate the length of time that charge will last. The indicator will also make it clear if the batteries are functioning properly.
Optimize your Mobile Cart Power System
It doesn’t matter how well your medical cart works if it’s out of power during your shift. A well-functioning power system can make your medical facility more efficient and will help the nursing staff work smarter.
Learn more about our FMCP battery system by visiting the official Scott-Clark Medical. Don’t hesitate to call us at (512) 756-7300 with additional questions about how flexible charging can enhance your medical practice. Our team of knowledgeable professionals will be happy to assist you.