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Medical Cart POP – Part II

March 24, 2014

Medical Cart POP – What is it and why does matter?

A medical cart’s POP will determine many things. Potential medical cart POP ‘s include point of care, patient room, vestibule, alcove, equipment room, nursing station, department, or static storage area for spontaneous use.

Every cart has a Point Of Purpose – location where the equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals, or data stored in the medical cart is purposed to be used in it’s role of patient care. Medical cart industry professionals frequently use the term “POP” – and you can too when discussing mobile medical cart solutions of all types. Types of Medical Cart POP

Code blue crash carts have POP locations on each floor of the hospital and in each department. Anesthesia carts’ POP is in the OR suites near the head of the patient table where the anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetist is monitoring the patient. A medication cart in the ICU may have a POP outside the patient’s room or in the central nursing station of that unit. Most likely this will depend on the scale of the unit – number of beds, amount of staff, and of course financial resources.

Different than a carts Point Of Purpose or POP, is its Pre-POP storage or reprocessing area. As many carts are used on an exchange system, whereby carts are reconciled and replenished before/prior to their POP location, they reside in their Pre-POP location until called to duty. Examples of medical cart Pre-POP locations included traction, central sterile processing, central supply, decontamination, pharmacy, anesthesia, biomedical engineering and sometimes plant operations and maintenance. Every hospital is unique – and space availability is a large factor in where carts are processed.

This Capsa Solutions medication cart's POP - is outside of specific patient rooms. Caregivers will access cart - and obtain desired medications and supplies prior to entering patient rooms. This is in contrast to rolling a smaller cart around and directly into a patients room. This cart is functioning at it's highest potential as it is correctly staged in it's POP.

This medication cart’s POP (by Capsa Solutions) is outside of specific patient(s) rooms. Caregivers will access cart – and obtain desired medications and supplies prior to entering patient rooms. This is in contrast to rolling a smaller cart around and directly into a patients room. This cart is functioning at it’s highest potential as it is correctly staged in it’s POP.

So the next time you are looking at carts, mobile computing, code blue crash carts, labor and delivery carts, procedure carts, or other medical cart application, consider your cart’s POP. Ask your medical cart representative to evaluate your carts’ POP before suggesting a solution. It’s easy to only look at the contents (medical cart supplies, pharmaceuticals, equipment, and data) the cart solution will store – without considering its Point of Purpose. Every medical cart application and solution has POP – regardless of manufacturer, distributor, or supplier – that should be considered when optimizing, replacing, or adding additional cart solutions. Considerations dependent on a cart’s POP include; access and security ease and speed, modularity, accessory friendly, maneuverability, mobility, ergonomics, durability, and aesthetics.

We all have POP in life – and a cart’s life is no different. By evaluating a cart’s point of purpose – you may find that having less carts with more storage space is advantageous to the work flow in your unit. Contrary – you may find it more advantageous to have smaller carts that take up less space – but implement more individual carts. By considering your cart applications POP – you have sharpened your needs assessment and thus the outcomes of the solution you ultimately choose.

For Your Medical Cart Solutions,

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