To determine the most beneficial design for a procedure cart, one must take the procedure being performed into consideration. A wide range of accessories
3 Tips to Improve Your Procedure Cart
Since there are numerous kinds of procedures performed throughout hospitals and other healthcare settings every day, creating a custom-designed procedure cart for specific procedures.will support
Vary Procedure Cart Pull Colors to Allow for Easy Identification
• Types of procedure carts can easily be identified by varying the colors used for the drawer pulls. For example, a cart designed for Arthroscopic procedures may have red pulls on its drawers; whereas, a procedure cart created for Ureterolithotomies might have orange.
Numerous Storage Options
• An over-bridge and recessed side storage areas create additional space while maintaining the procedure cart’s small footprint. Side storage areas can have lockable tilt-out bins for IV bags or PPEs, lockable sharps containers, suction pump shelves, O2 tanks, wastebaskets, and more.
• Full extension, self-closing drawers are typically available in various heights (3, 6, 9 and 12 inches [76, 152, 229 and 305 millimeters]) and can be divided to provide the desired level of organization.
Storage needs should be balanced against the ergonomic requirements of the users. Carts often are available as low as 33”H (838mm) that can be rolled under a
Security is Vital
• Securing medical supplies and medications is always important, which is why procedure cart drawers and bins must have the ability to be locked.
• Upgrading to electronic locks is a good investment. It is not only a time saver for the
Upgrading to an electronic lock brings a host of other optional features:
• Full-feature LCD touchpad for more intuitive operation
• Tamper resistant programming that will shut down access for
• Card readers that provide access with the user’s employee ID
• Cart Management Software to help manage users as well as the lock options
• Audit trails that can provide
• Wireless capabilities to update users and cart settings… without having to go to the cart
Due to the limited space in many hospitals and other healthcare facilities, procedure carts should have an appropriate footprint. Having a cart thatis larger than needed can make it difficult to maneuver; it will also take up more floor space making it harder for the staff at the hospital to get around or make it difficult to collocate all of the needed equipment.Increased
• Powered procedure carts allow for the use of computers; purchasing carts that specifically include an
Through all of this, it is important to keep the staff engaged to determine which options are the most beneficial. After all, a successful deployment of a new cart or a fleet of carts will be measured by the efficiency and more apparent the satisfaction of the staff utilizing the carts.