When buying a medical rolling cart, you can customize your unit to achieve the biggest benefits for your staff and patients. Because you can use a mobile workstation to improve staff working practices and enhance the patient experience, you can also increase profitability.
You can reinvest this money back into your facility, making a mobile laptop cart an excellent return on your investment.
Medical carts are not a one-size-fits-all solution, and you need to consider the features and functionality you need for each department in your healthcare facility. Your medical teams can advise what equipment they need on their units.
As a professional custom medical cart manufacturer, Scott-Clark Medical can work with you to design the ideal rolling workstations. When deciding how to customize your cart, there are several factors to consider that can help you make the right decision.
Ergonomic Cart Design
Patient care is the priority in every healthcare environment, but your staff needs to work comfortably to provide the highest standards. If medical professionals continually stretch or bend when using tabletops and computers, there is an increased risk of workplace injury.
More severe strains could result in medics requiring extended periods off from work for recovery. Healthcare staff also work long shifts on their feet, and the additional effort of pulling a heavy cart could lead to fatigue.
Purchasing a height-adjustable medical cart ensures staff can position the tabletop at the level that suits their build. At Scott-Clark Medical, we also use aluminum and sturdy plastics that provide a combination of ruggedness and lightweight design.
Because staff can effortlessly maneuver their medical rolling cart throughout the hospital, there is a reduced risk of medics becoming tired or suffering an injury from moving a heavy workstation.
Type of Security Precautions
Mobile computer carts provide superior patient data security than paper files. Because they use advanced encoded data protection systems, you can allow access to authorized staff members with various security levels.
At the most basic level, you can provide different medical professionals with passwords to enable access at their authorization status.
You can use magnetic strips or barcode IDs, RFID tags, biometric devices, and proximity scanners for an added security layer. These systems can grant access to authorized personnel and provide a record of who viewed the data, creating a transparent audit trail that confirms your staff comply with privacy regulations.
Mobile Cart Maintenance
The versatility of a medical workstation means they are frequently in use. Whether it is a general-purpose unit or a crash cart, these units require regular maintenance checks to keep them in the best condition.
You may have on-site staff who can maintain your medical equipment, but you may find it more cost-effective to outsource your carts’ upkeep to a professional firm.
At Scott-Clark Medical, we offer a full maintenance and service package to our healthcare partners. We are experts in retrofitting and refurbishing mobile laptop stations and can maintain your cart, so it provides many years of outstanding service.
Your cart might be on the ward 24/7, but if you need to store your unit, you don’t want a bulky model that takes up a lot of space. It’s a good idea to check if the laptop screen is removable, allowing you to store it on a wall-mount. You can then wheel a slimline mobile workstation into a more compact space in a storeroom.
It’s useful to invest in a mobile cart that is easy to turn, enabling you to fit it into tight spaces when your equipment room is packed full of materials.
Scott-Clark Medical carts are built with an X-shaped wheelbase that is compact and highly stable to prevent top-heavy carts laden with equipment from toppling over.
If you need to charge your mobile rolling cart at a wall socket, this can affect staff workflow. Medics who rely on having their mobile unit ready to take to the point of care can find they no longer have laptops or tools and devices readily available.
Scott-Clark Medical uses our Flexible Mobile Cart Power Technology (FMCPT) and hot-swap battery system to keep your unit on the ward almost indefinitely. Staff can perform a battery exchange in as little as 30 seconds and recharging occurs on the cart.
Because each battery provides 6-10 hours on one charge, medics can work for extended periods before performing a quick battery swap.
A physician may begin their shift without receiving the lab test or imaging results for a patient. If your computer has Wi-Fi capability and can link to the central computer system, the medic can view these results as they become available.
This feature could enable the earlier implementation of a treatment plan. It also reduces delays, as the physician does not have to return to the point of care after collecting the results at a central computer location.
Type of Casters
It might not be the first aspect you think about when equipping a mobile rolling cart, but the type of casters is a crucial factor. Wheels need to be high quality, so they roll smoothly across the floor, not snagging and risking tipping the cart during transportation.
Conductive casters collect the static electricity that gathers as wheels move across the floor, returning it to the ground. This functionality protects your sensitive medical devices from potentially harmful electrical surges.
Medical supply equipment can transform the way physicians and nurses perform their duties. With increased efficiency and the ability to spend more time with patients, there is a significant benefit to your staff.
To discuss how medical rolling carts can benefit your healthcare facility, contact our team at (512) 756-7300.