There are many hospital organizations that use mobile computing carts for point of care applications in their facilities. I had a great conversation with an IT professional whose in charge of keeping mobile carts in service in one of the largest hospital groups in the northeast. Here’s some of what I learned:
Accrediting organizations and local code enforcement frown upon carts being charged in hallways. The solution, according to my source, was to employ swappable batteries from one of our competitors. This became expensive and cumbersome for his organization for the following reasons:
- The batteries didn’t have enough power to last long enough unplugged.
- Number 1 led to number 2, a proliferation of batteries were needed to do the job.
- Number 1 led to number 3, batteries wore out quickly and though the manufacturer was decent about replacing batteries under warranty, they needed to constantly be replaced.
I’ve heard this scenario before, but it’s always good to get a refresher. I’ve also been in some of the highest ranked hospitals in the United States that had computers in rooms. This always reminded me of the tailor whose putting patches on a bad pair of pants. Computers in rooms look bad and are bad for a number of reasons.
So how do you make mobile carts work?
Flexible Mobile Cart Power Technology.
When I explained this during our recent meeting, our host asked me why all hospitals with mobile carts aren’t using it. FMCPT is a great solution because it solves the following problems with mobile cart power:
- Charging in halls: FMCPT has the ability to swap out batteries.
- Lack of power: FMCPT was designed to deliver a full shift or more of robust power. This solves the problem of constantly needing to swap batteries and reduces the cost of batteries significantly.
- Batteries are always wearing out. Not with FMCPT. One battery has a five year 3000 cycle warranty. Batteries are rated to about 5000 cycles, according to our CTO, and will last a long time without needing to be replaced.
- Some users want to charge carts in designated areas: Good, we can do that. We have a patent pending on our ability to charge the battery on or off the cart.
- Existing cart fleet has other batteries. OK, we retrofit our FMCPT battery system to most carts.
- Current cart provider doesn’t use FMCPT. Get them into the 21st century now. We’re ready to work with all cart manufacturers to solve your power problems.
When should you contact Scott-Clark about your carts? When you’re ready to replace existing carts with new. When nurses or IT service professionals complain about battery problems. When you visit your Bio-Med area and find more carts waiting to be fixed than you have on the floors.
In other words, contact us now. Here are the ways: