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How to Choose Your Ideal Mobile Cart Solution – Part II

June 12, 2012

Ideal Mobile Cart Selection Process

Part II Conclusion

…Perhaps the cart is being stocked in pharmacy and traveling to a medication room on a different floor. An IV cart will often account for more than one room in the department and therefore be mobile. Whether it is a stationary or mobility cart solution, it will have a place of purpose. Whether at the point of care or in a secured environment for the highly improbable disaster, its place of purpose has a footprint and 3-dimensional space. Assure the adequate room for the entire cart (Height, Width, Depth and don’t forget to leave accessories such as push-handle- shelving-charting tables, etc.).

Step 3: Who will be accessing the mobile cart?

Identify the individuals or groups of staff and physicians that will require access. This is very important. Remember there may be separate staff stocking the cart regularly or irregularly that may need access beyond the staff of intended use. Ask colleagues if they foresee another department needing access for any reason?

After you have identified the above, then you can move to the Secondary Stage where we answer the HOW.

Here is how our Ideal Mobile Cart Secondary Stage works: A-B-C!

Step A: Consider Step 1.

Do the items easily fit into a regular width cart? Could you possibly save some extremely valuable footspace by using a narrow cart? Will the items fit easily into a vertical drawer configuration totaling 30″? Determine the preferred and acceptable cart height and widths. Prices will almost always invariably differ. If you know the dimensions you prefer, you may evaluate the potential savings justification of a smaller but adequate cart.

Step B: Consider Step 2.

If the cart is stationary, you may consider aesthetics as much as quality. Conversely, if your cart has a path of travel, an emphasis on overall cart durability and warranty are far more prudent than aesthetics. Steel boot casters would be an example of a durability feature desired for a mobile solution with a path of travel. If the cart is going to be mobile, durability, quality, and warranty will all be worthwhile proactive considerations over the 5-10+ year life of the cart. These proactive considerations will save you headaches and valuable time in the future.

Step C: Consider Step 3.

Now that you have and identified group of users, and the potential security access levels, you are ready to assess which locking mechanism is right for you. The majority of cart manufacturers offer key, mechanical push-button, or electronic numeric keypad options. Most really good manufacturers offer LCD, mag-stripe, biometric, RFID and proximity access technologies. Proximity card access is the hottest trend today in cart access due to it’s ability to interface with existing badge credentials, non-touch use, and very low margin for error or malfunction. A “Crash” or other “Emergency” type access cart suggests a break-away flap is ideal. This allows it to be visually secure, ensuring tamper proof contents at critical time of access.

Use these simple primary and secondary steps to get the ideal mobile cart for the right application every time.

When in doubt contact a Rep! You can easily do this via email or phone and they can prove to be an invaluable resource to work on your behalf. Most representatives or territory managers will jump at the chance, and may offer unknown options or applications as well as preferred pricing.

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