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Cart Access and Security; Ease & Speed

July 7, 2014

Mobile storage solutions that optimize the storage, mobilization, and access of healthcare equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals, and data are called – Carts. (Scroll down or search on this site for “Medical Cart Name” post for a multitude of specific application names). As discussed previously you can readily see some of the primary important considerations below for cart selection.

A. Ease and speed of accessing and securing the cart

B. Intuitive & Friendly Programming

C. Modularity for drawer/bin configuration options

D. Accessory Friendly

E. Maneuverability

F. Ergonomic

G. Mobile

H. Aesthetically pleasing

“A” – Ease and speed of accessing and securing the cart – is easily one of the most important considerations for the end user. Consider your department – and how many carts you will have positioned throughout. Now consider the number of users each cart will have  per day – and your departments rolling turnover staff. When you multiply those factors times 365 days a year – and a lifetime use of 5-10 years – the numbers really get up there. Here are the primary medical cart access options.

Key Access is ideal for a cart applications: 1. Few Users 2. Infrequent Access 3. Low Staff Turnover

Keyless Access is ideal for cart applications: 1. Many Users 2. Frequent Access 3. Ongoing Staff Turnover

Non-Locking Access is ideal for cart applications: 1. Low Value Supplies 2. Secured Environments 3. Frequent Access

Quick Access Lock is ideal for cart applications: 1. Emergency Supplies 2. Specific Infrequent Supplies

Quick access lock, top right, allows for plastic security seal. This ensures the integrity of the carts contents, while allowing quick access, in time of an emergency or code blue event.

Quick access lock, top right, allows for plastic security seal. This ensures the integrity of the carts’ contents, while allowing quick access, in time of an emergency or code blue event.

All of the above lock or non-locking cart access methods should be easy to operate. A high quality key core lock, a few numeric key strokes, or a quick presentation of a proximity badge – and that cart should quickly and quietly provide you access. If your carts provide this type of access – you will have less stress and more time caring for your patients. When in doubt – keep it simple.

For Your Medical Cart Solutions,

cartadvocate

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