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 medical rolling cart technology has allowed for real-time access to patient data, which has drastically improved the efficiency of medical staff and quality of care that patients receive. Read on to learn more about how medical rolling carts are changing how hospital staff care for patients.
Types of Medical Rolling Carts
Different medical rolling carts suit the needs of various medical facilities and offer a variety of features to assist in improving patient 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 can prevent the misuse of potentially dangerous medications.
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 as well as storage of medical equipment for testing and diagnostics.
Code carts, or 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 so that they are immediately accessible to medical staff.
Bedside carts are designed for use during patient recovery and so 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 patients who are immobile or unconscious without the need to move the patient. IV carts need to be constructed from heavy duty materials 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 rooms for treatment. 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 the needs of your facility, medial 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 the needs of your staff and patients 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 which are 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 securely holding emergency equipment and medications, 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 only allow access to authorized personnel. 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 cannot only hold the necessary equipment needed across a wide 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 materials that are easy to clean and disinfection to maintain a healthy and hygienic workstation.
Space is at a premium in medical facilities, so being able to store carts efficiently saves both 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, mobile medical carts were criticized for poor battery life, and 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 both used and charged on the cart, and feature a clear visual indicator of the remaining battery life so that carts are always functional.
Benefits of Medical Rolling Carts for Patient Care
Medical rolling carts have been shown to improve patient care over a variety of areas by increasing access to patient information, reducing delays in patient testing and treatment, as well as improving staff access to equipment and medications all without the need to move patients.
Increased Doctor Patient Interaction
Nurses and doctors spend a significant amount of every shift filling out patient information rather than directly engaging with patients. Medical rolling carts that feature computers offer ready access to the electronic health records of all patients allowing medical staff to complete documentation and update patient records on the go rather that going back and forth between stationary workstations.
This improved workflow means that medical staff can accomplish more in each shift, including increased interaction with doctors. Studies on doctor patient engagement have shown that better communication between patients and doctors increases the likelihood of positive patient health outcomes.
Improved Quality of Care
The quality of care that patients receive at medical facilities has a direct impact on their health outcomes. To improve the quality of care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement suggests that healthcare professionals should aim to improve the safety of patient procedures, execute medical decision and procedures in a timely and efficient fashion, and ensure that medical care is efficient and patient centered.
Medical rolling carts help to create a more effective and efficient work environment by improving workflow through access to electronic health records as well as stocking and tracking medical equipment and medications. A study on the use of medication carts and nurses found that the use of mobile medication carts reduced the need for constant trips to the central medical supply store allowing for a more timely and efficient response to patient needs.
Mobile medical carts that feature computer technology are now used in a wide range of medical facilities across a variety of applications. This advanced technology has allowed for more accurate diagnostics and faster laboratory operations as well as improved IT integration and connectivity between medical devices.
With improved access to patient information through computer technology and electronic health records, doctors can now perform better and more accurate patient diagnoses. Test results can be downloaded directly into the electronic records reducing wait times for patient diagnoses and treatment.
Staff errors when recording patient information can be costly, and in some cases, life-threatening. Rolling medical carts can be placed on every floor and ward and also be moved room to room, allowing medical staff to access and update medical records instantaneously reducing the likelihood of errors.
In emergencies, a small error can have significant consequences, so medical staff needs to have all necessary emergency equipment and medication close at hand. Mobile crash carts not only feature a lightweight design and agile wheelbase for better mobility, but they also feature highly accessible drawers for organizing and storing essential medication and equipment reducing instances of errors and saving precious lifesaving seconds.
Mobile medication carts also feature electronic locking drawers for improved security for medications and sensitive items. This improved security ensures that medications are available in carts when they are needed reducing instances of dosage errors.
Interprofessional collaboration, in addition to patient-centered care, has shown positive outcomes for improving patient care. Mobile medical carts facilitate interprofessional collaboration by giving all authorized medical staff access to a patient’s medical information.
The ability to take the medical cart to the patient and electronic access to records means that a team of medical professionals can work in sync to provide the fastest and best treatment and experience possible, reducing testing and treatment delays and decreasing errors in test interpretation, prescriptions and medication dosage.
Current medical research suggests that patient-centered care is vital to improving quality of care and positives health outcomes for patients. Mobile medical carts with features such as immediate access to electronic patient records, allow medical staff to be more responsive to the needs and values of their patients, empowering patients to be more involved in their own medical decisions.
Streamlined Patient Care
Rolling medical carts that feature computer technology offer a more streamlined experience for patients. Patients can schedule appointments, interact with doctors, receive test results and treatment all from a single location due to immediate access to patient information.
In addition to improved mobile computer technology, rolling medical carts now feature improved power sources. Hot swap technology allows expired batteries to be exchanged with fully charged batteries without shutting down the cart’s electronic devices or computers. This eliminates disruptions to patient treatment and improves the quality of care.
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 that your refurbished carts operate almost like new.
Our new and customized carts feature the latest in high-quality construction, advanced computer technology and flexible battery units. Customizing your fleet of carts ensures that they accommodate the needs of your facility and patients to create a more efficient and productive work environment and improve patient quality of care.
Medical rolling carts have revolutionized the way that patients are cared for in medical facilities from better access to patient records to a more efficient workflow. To learn more about which types of medical rolling carts would suit your hospital, talk to one of our qualified technicians at 512-598-5466 or complete our online contact form so your patients can receive a better quality of care.