Top 3 Things to Look for in Your Isolation Cart

Isolation carts are a great tool to ensure a safe and sterile hospital environment. Their design includes a bright yellow color to ensure that they are easy to identify in the hospital setting. They are often placed in front of highly infectious patients rooms with supplies to ensure that the medical staff does not have any contact that could cause further infection. Each cart drawer is labeled with its contents to ensure that the staff knows exactly where every item is. The items stored in isolation carts include, gowns, gloves and masks.

Many hospitals and healthcare facilities are choosing isolation carts that meet their specific needs as well as to meet protocol requirements. With a well-designed isolation cart, dealing with difficult, highly- infectious diseases can be done in a safer manner.

1. Adequate Drawer Capacity

The ability to access all the contents within a drawer is essential. Choosing an isolation cart with full extension drawers provides visitors and healthcare workers easy access all the necessary isolation supplies . Choose your isolation cart’s drawer depth based on the product you intend to store in it. For example, if you are storing gowns in a drawer, you should consider a depth of 12 inches (305 mm).

2. Easy Identification of Products in Various Compartments

Product identification can be easy with visible storage wells on top of your isolation cart to hold masks and various-sized latex gloves. Drawer labels can be used to identify the contents within each drawer, making it easier for healthcare workers and visitors to find the products they need quickly.

3. A Small Footprint

As with any medical cart, a small footprint is essential. Customizing your isolation cart to conserve space may be easier than you think. The side of Isolation carts can be used to hold glove boxes and wastebaskets. Some carts provide a recessed side so they don't add to the footprint space even when the side section of the cart is open. In addition, choosing a cart with molded-in handles will reduce the size of your isolation cart’s footprint.

Consider choosing a cart that allows multiple products to be stored and organized within a single drawer. For example, drawer dividers make storing more than one product in a single drawer easy; however, identification for quick retrieval is vital, which is why each drawer needs to be labeled appropriately. For instance, consider that you are storing gowns in a drawer with a depth of 12 inches (305 mm), you can use a divider in the center of the drawer to store the small gowns on the left and medium gowns on the right: The next drawer can be divided and labeled to hold the large and extra-large gowns, etc.

*Cart Fact -There is typically nothing allowed in hospital hallways with the exception of isolation and crash carts, but only when they are in use.