3 Tips to Improve Your Treatment Cart:
1. Storage Density
Creating a treatment cart with adequate storage to support the treatment for which it is designed reduces the frustration that results from multiple trips to find the supplies necessary to complete a procedure.
Drawers – to ensure that treatment items and applications of all sizes can be housed in the drawers, a variety of drawer depths are available. Drawer depths range
Bins – these can be placed on the side of the treatment cart and/or above the work surface. These bins are the perfect place to store frequently used items. In addition, there are lockable bins that can be used to store items like syringes and I.V. starter kits.
Shelves – roller shelves can be used to store a variety of products, including equipment. These shelves extend easily and are nearly silent during movement: This remains true even when placed on the lower levels of a treatment cart.
By creating a cart that is specifically designed for a certain treatment or for a group of similar treatments, you can dictate the amount of storage you need to ensure everything can be found quickly and easily, which makes organizing supplies a breeze.
Dividers and Labels – using dividers to separate various supplies in a single drawer and then adding labels to the exterior of the drawer to identify which supplies
Drawer trays – drawer trays can also be divided, and provide a higher level of efficiency in maintaining inventory levels. An entire drawer can be restocked by simply exchanging trays. The partially used tray can then be restocked during a less busy time of day.
Accessory Placement – many accessories are available to conveniently locate needed around the work
Due to the versatility of the accessories and options available, creating a treatment cart to be used for a single procedure or several similar procedures is possible.
Convenience Features – The convenience features available on these carts allow for versatility, these features include an I.V. pole, cord management, O2 tank storage, a lockable sharps container, glove box holder, trays, dividers
Pull-Out Shelving – the pull-out side shelf can be used as an additional
Accommodation for Technology: more advanced carts will offer on board power to enable integration of computers and keep them powered for the entire shift, so there is no disruption in powering or shutting down between patients. Keyboard shelf and monitor arms make integrating technology into a treatment cart simple. Integrating this technology into the treatment cart also negates the need to have to also tote along a WOW.