The priority in any healthcare setting is patient safety. Medical equipment is continuously evolving, but before administrators can introduce new devices, they need to ensure they pass rigorous health and safety standards. Workstations on wheels are becoming an increasingly familiar sight in the healthcare industry and have many safety features.

Battery Safety

While safety awareness in hospitals often comes down to those using medical devices, mobile carts have in-built features to improve patient safety. The Flexible Mobile Cart Power Technology (FMCPT) batteries are monitored continuously by our BCS safety system.

It detects battery energy levels, distributes power to where it is needed, and shuts down the cart if it identifies an issue with the battery. The medical cart batteries also come with a 5-year full warranty.

Having a reliable power source is vital in the event of an emergency. The hot-swappable batteries mean the unit will be on even in the event of power interruption in the building.

Lightweight Design

Constructed of lightweight aluminum, the cart is easy to move and stop. Smooth-rolling casters make it maneuverable, and quick lock brakes ensure it is secure when immobile. While the mobile care unit is light, it is sturdy enough to make toppling over unlikely.

Infection Control

One of the essential aspects of a medical setting is infection control. By having standalone mobile medical carts, instead of a central computer area, hospitals can minimize the risk of transference. Users can equip the powered medical carts can with hand wipes, masks, gloves, and disinfectant sprays.

Following a robust infection control procedure, the user can both sterilize themselves and the mobile cart before and attending each patient. The antimicrobial housing units can store all dirty material until the professional disposes of them at the end of their shift.

Patient Confidentiality

Safety awareness doesn’t just come down to the physical threats that may exist on a ward. Keeping patient data securely stored on medical grade computers ensures that only authorized personnel can view the records.

Medical records, accessed and amended at the point of care, are much less likely to be seen by unauthorized eyes compared to paper records, perhaps kept at the end of a bed. The medical cart computer is light enough to turn in any direction, so notes can be input when the screen is facing away from others.

Accuracy of patient records is also improved when using a mobile medical computer. Entering the information at the point of care reduces the risk of a professional making an error. Physicians and nurses can add in their notes directly, and their handwriting will not have to be deciphered by administrative staff. The information available to a physician could be crucial when it comes to determining a course of treatment.

Combined with the ability to assign lab results and scan images to a patient’s file, a physician can have access to all the required information at one time. The data is electronically stored, reducing the risk of a file being lost or destroyed.

Strategic Placement

The mobile aspect of the cart is crucial for patient safety. Different wards in a hospital will have different requirements. Having a cart equipped with the most suitable devices for each department improves patient care.

Healthcare professionals can place cardiac, anesthetic, and pediatric carts at critical locations throughout the building. When required, a physician or nurse can quickly wheel them into place.

Nurses can also measure vital signs using the cart at the point of care. They can instantly record the information and pass it on to other departments.

Clear Space

A nurse’s workstation can be a busy place. With so many professionals in one area and desks, computers, and medical equipment sharing the space, accidents can happen. Users can remove a laptop from a mobile workstation and wall-mount it. The additional space will make the area clearer and safer.

Last Word

Healthcare professionals need to be safety aware in all aspects of a healthcare setting. Whether in the form of physical threats, or data confidentiality, a mobile medical unit is a significant development.

 

Steve is a former healthcare professional who writes about technological advancements in the industry, with a special interest in the geriatric demographic.
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