Workstations on wheels are commonplace tools for aiding modern patient care. These medical-grade trollies can help nurses and doctors bring tools around the facility.

Deciding to invest in a powered or non-powered medical cart option depends on the needs your healthcare facility must address.

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Ergonomic design

Mobile computer and work surface carts are designed to be easy to transport through medical facilities. The most important aspects of an ergonomic design are swivel casters that enhance cart maneuverability and lightweight construction, which makes your cart easy to move.

Space-conscious cart sizes are important for maneuvering your carts around point of care facilities. Non-powered carts are usually smaller, making them easier to bring to the bedside.

Ergonomic designs should make it easy for caregivers to transport heavy supplies around the facility without causing physical strain that can lead to injury. Features like adjustable height work surfaces can also make carts less physically taxing to use.

Powered carts are almost always heavier than non-powered carts, meaning powered carts require more force to wheel up and down hallways. Scott-Clark Medical battery power systems feature batteries that weigh only eight pounds, and the smooth-rolling cart casters make it easy to push powered carts around, despite the extra weight.

Computer cart powered and non-powered options

If you’re intending to put a computer on a mobile medical cart, you’ll need a power source. You can choose to use a powered cart or a laptop that comes with its own power source to keep your computer running.

Powered carts require larger, heavier, and more expensive batteries than typical computer batteries. However, a powered medical cart offers more flexibility when it comes to choosing the types of computers you want to use in your facility.

Powered carts can also power peripheral devices, like barcode scanners and printers. Some computers can also supply power to peripheral devices. However, if you want your medical cart to support electrically locking drawers, you’ll probably need to choose a powered cart.

Charging options

Before you decide on the battery-powered mobile devices to introduce to your healthcare facility, it’s important to come up with a recharging plan. You should know how long the battery power for your mobile device lasts, and how and where medical staff will recharge the batteries.

Computer batteries often hold a longer charge than powered medical carts. However, Scott-Clark Medical power systems for medical carts can provide power for 8-12 hours – an entire shift.

Deciding how you’ll charge depleted batteries is another part of the powered vs. non-powered cart question. Some computers and powered carts come with hot-swap capabilities so you can change batteries while keeping the powered equipment running.

Without hot-swap batteries, you’ll have to plug your cart or computer into an outlet to recharge it when the battery is dead. This is inconvenient and renders medical carts out of commission when they are needed most.

Scott-Clark Medical batteries can recharge in 2.5 hours. With our flexible power system, you can plug your cart into an outlet or use the hot-swappable batteries to recharge the system. The batteries show their charge throughout the entire process, so you’ll always know when it’s time to recharge.

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Which is right for you?

Deciding between powered and non-powered carts will ultimately depend on the needs of your medical facility.

Scott-Clark Medical’s Flexible Mobile Cart Power Technology uses state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries for long-lasting charge and quick recharging. Our power system values flexibility and physician choice, so you can choose how you want to keep your powered medical cart up and running.

If you have any lingering questions about how powered or non-powered medical carts could fit into your healthcare facility, contact Scott-Clark Medical at (512) 756-7300.

Forrest Woodard is a writer who specializes in dental, medical, and holistic health practices. He studied economics at an accredited university and enjoys learning about medical technology.
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