Improving patient care standards is a priority for every medical establishment. Hospitals and clinics invest thousands of dollars in recruiting and training highly-qualified staff to obtain the best patient outcomes, so it makes sense to provide these employees with the best medical equipment.
Medical computer carts are mobile workstations that physicians, nurses, and other treatment team members can load with the devices required for treating their patients. Because they can customize the carts to suit their precise specifications, the medics can have all their essential equipment with them on the ward.
By enabling the medical team to perform at their best, mobile cart computer technology brings unrivaled benefits for patients.
Faster and Improved Communication
One of the most crucial aspects of making patients feel involved in their care is effective communication. Talking to patients about their condition and their potential treatment plans can significantly benefit their eventual outcomes.
Although medical terminology is essential, it’s also vital to help patients understand what the phrases mean in plain terms, and using a mobile medical cart makes this more achievable.
By lowering the height-adjustable laptop tray to the patient’s bedside, the physician can show them their electronic health records. This openness encourages a bond of trust and helps to establish a strong physician-patient relationship.
Although patient records may use complex language, the medic can use the Wi-Fi-enabled laptop to display images, diagrams, and videos to help the patient make sense of complicated information.
The patient may be more willing to accept and follow treatment programs when recognizing the potential benefits and feel like they have contributed to the decision-making process.
Security of Patient Information
A significant part of building a trusting relationship with a patient involves protecting their data. Aside from securing information from the public and other personnel such as workmen or suppliers who may be present in healthcare facilities, there is also a duty to ensure only authorized healthcare professionals can access patient information.
Mobile computer carts enable a physician to unlock a laptop using their unique password, enter patient data at the point of care, and lock the computer after use.
This feature eliminates the need for an administrative staff member to reenter information after a physician has written notes in a paper file, significantly reducing the risk of a data breach. The laptop can synchronize the information with a centralized recordkeeping system in real-time to eliminate the risk of losing patient information.
Reduced Risk of Infection Transference
Physicians and their medical team enter many patient rooms, mix with colleagues, and are always on the move. Should a member of the treatment team pick up an infection, they could potentially spread it to other parts of the hospital. Computer technology is crucial to reducing this risk, as physicians often use sensitive items that the public should not access.
A workstation on wheels can use biometric locking drawers to carry sterilization and hygiene equipment to help reduce the risk of infection transference.
By taking a mobile cart with them on their rounds, medics reduce the amount of time they interact with colleagues in central areas such as a computer bank or an equipment storage room. They can load the cart with medical-grade gloves, masks, and gowns and ensure they have all the necessary medical devices for their ward round.
Before attending a patient’s bedside, the medic can take disinfectant wipes and sprays from the integrated carry baskets, sterilize the cart and their hands, and use the secure hazardous waste bins to dispose of the used materials.
Intelligent locking systems ensure only a medic with a programmed key card can access these materials, as sprays or alcohol gels could be dangerous on certain wards, such as a department that treats substance abuse patients.
They can remove potentially dangerous hygienic equipment such as syringes or tubing from the drawers to treat their patient at the point of care.
Before moving to their next patient, the medic can repeat this process, ensuring they follow health and safety infection control protocols and keep all materials safe in electronically controlled drawers.
Improved Response Times
Emergencies are a common occurrence in a clinical setting, and computers on wheels can help physicians to improve patient outcomes with rapid response times. Placing mobile medical carts at ward entrances ensures a medic can quickly collect the unit when an emergency arises and move quickly to the patient’s bedside.
The laptop computer technology provides the physician with relevant patient information about their condition, allergies, current medication, and previous health concerns.
Because the necessary equipment, such as specific medications, drips, defibrillators, or oxygen cylinders, are already on the cart, the medic has instant access. This enhanced workflow gives the physician the best chance to achieve a positive patient outcome.
Scott-Clark Medical mobile computer carts use advanced technology to ensure they can operate around the clock, with the battery life lasting up to 6-10 hours when in use. There is a visual and audio warning when a battery is running low on charge, so even if the cart is stationary on an emergency ward, you can regularly check the power supply. Using our hot-swappable battery system, you can ensure the cart is always ready for use.
Investment in the latest technology is critical to improving patient care standards. Medical carts are at the forefront of innovative solutions, enabling medical teams to achieve the best possible patient outcomes with rapid response times, real-time recordkeeping, and easy access to life-saving equipment.
To discuss how medical cart computer technology can benefit your health facility, contact the Scott-Clark Medical sales team at (512) 756-7300.