The healthcare system is experiencing a technological boom that is changing the way patients receive care. In previous years, patient care was not integrated or collaborative, and patients experienced delays in treatment, which significantly affected their health outcomes.
New rolling medical cart technology has allowed for real-time access to patient data, drastically improving the efficiency of medical staff and the quality of care.
Medication carts are used for administering pharmaceutical treatment to patients. They typically feature an additional storage component compared with other medical rolling carts. Drawers can be installed with electronic locking, which prevents misuse of potentially dangerous medications.
Isolation carts help facilities minimize the risk of spreading pathogens, infections, and germs between treatment rooms. Since their primary function is infection control, they are kept in the patient’s room. Most isolation carts contain gloves, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, shoe covers, respirators, and hand sanitizers.
Point of Care Carts
Point of Care carts are used during diagnosis and for conducting medical tests. They feature computer technology for access to patient electronic health records and storage of medical equipment for testing and diagnostics.
Code carts, or emergency crash carts, are used for emergency response and feature equipment for revival and resuscitation, such as defibrillators and oxygen tanks. They also feature ample storage space for organizing medications and emergency medical equipment.
Bedside carts are utility carts designed for use during patient recovery and often feature computer technology for accessing patient records for easier and faster prescriptions and discharge documents. As bedside carts are often left unattended with the patient, the drawers feature electronic locks that keep medications and equipment secure from unauthorized personnel.
The mobility of rolling IV carts allows medical staff to quickly and easily administer lifesaving fluids and medications to immobile or unconscious patients without the need to move the patient. IV carts are typically of steel construction to support the weight of spare IV bottles and equipment. They also feature ample storage for bags, tubing, and syringes for administering IV lines more efficiently.
Mobile medical carts fitted with anesthesiology instruments eliminate the need for transporting patients between different treatment rooms. Anesthesia carts generally hold items that can potentially be lethal if misused. Anesthesia carts feature storage drawers with electronic locks that are only accessible by authorized medical staff.
Depending on your facility’s needs, medical rolling carts can be customized to combine the features of different types of carts to improve their functionality and efficiency. Adding a computer to your rolling medical cart can allow access to electronic patient records transforming it into a Point of Care cart. Additional storage drawers can be added for storing medications or equipment for portable treatment for recovering patients.
You can also choose the types of power source your cart uses, including hot swap batteries, or our patented Flexible Mobile Cart Power Technology, which can be closely monitored with our diagnostic charge indicator, so your carts never run out of power.
Features of Medical Rolling Carts
Medical rolling carts collect all necessary medical equipment and medications in a single location that can be taken anywhere in your facility. Carts can be customized to suit your staff and patients’ needs and feature components that can improve the efficiency and quality of care for your patients.
Wheels and Casters
Casters offer multi-directional maneuverability, which allows staff to move the carts in tight spaces and allows for more efficient cart storage. At Scott-Clark Medical, our medical rolling carts feature multi-surface casters designed to move easily between different types of flooring for a more versatile cart.
Medical rolling carts are made from powder-coated stainless steel for a lightweight cart that is easy to maneuver for access to medical equipment and medications wherever the patient needs them. This material is also designed for easy cleaning and sterilization to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses between areas of the medical facility.
Organization is the key to more efficient and effective patient care. Medication carts feature multiple drawers to hold emergency medical supplies and medications securely, which removes the need for continuous trips to a central supply room.
At Scott-Clark Medical, our medication carts can be customized with electronic locking drawers, which allow authorized personnel access. This reduces dosage errors, misuse of pharmaceuticals, and allows for accurate tracking of supplies.
Increasing patient safety helps to improve the quality of care that patients receive. Disposing of medical waste and sharps prevents the spread of contagious disease, bacteria, and viruses. Medical rolling carts feature both contained medical waste disposal bins as well as sharps disposal bins to protect staff and patients.
Functional Work Surface
Mobile medical carts feature work surfaces that can hold equipment needed across a variety of medical situations, but they are also narrow enough for easy storage. Medical carts are also height-adjustable, so minimize staff discomfort while working. Work surfaces are also constructed from easy-to-clean and disinfectable materials to maintain a healthy and hygienic workstation.
Space is at a premium in medical facilities, so storing carts efficiently saves space and money for your facility. New rolling medical carts now feature a streamlined design with a narrow but highly agile wheelbase that allows for easy storage of carts when not in use and batteries that can be charged separately at a charging station to save space.
Flexible Power Source
In previous years, medical staff had to exchange entire carts with spare fully charged carts to continue working. This was not only inconvenient to staff but also highly disruptive to patients.
At Scott-Clark Medical, we offer our mobile medical carts with a variety of long-lasting batteries including our patented Flexible Mobile Cart Power Technology (FMCPT) which allows the simplified battery pack design to be used and charged on the cart and feature a clear visual indicator of the remaining battery life, so the carts are always functional.
How to Integrate Medical Rolling Carts in Your Facility
A fleet of medical rolling carts can help improve patient care in your facility. You can purchase carts either refurbished, new, or customized. At Scott-Clark Medical, our refurbished carts are restored by qualified technicians with years of experience in engineering medical equipment, so your refurbished carts operate almost like new.
Our new and customized carts feature the latest high-quality construction, advanced computer technology, and flexible battery units. Customizing your fleet of carts ensures they accommodate your facility and patients’ needs to create a more efficient and productive work environment and improve patient quality of care.
Medical rolling carts have revolutionized the way patients are cared for in medical facilities from better access to patient records and more efficient workflow. To learn more about which types of medical rolling carts suit your hospital, talk to one of our qualified technicians at (512) 756-7300, or complete our online contact form to request a callback.