10 Criteria For Mobile Carts That Meet Nursing, IT, And C-Level Needs
By Matt Rossini, Marketing and Communications Manager, JACO, Inc.
The mobile computer cart landscape for addressing EMR, CPOE, and BMV requirements is immense, so having a comprehensive checklist is vital for choosing the best product to carry out your care giving, technical support, and ROI goals.
WOWs (Workstations on wheels) and medication carts have been deployed worldwide for over two decades in health systems, hospitals, long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers. With rapid advancements in wireless bandwidth, telecommunication, cloud computing, workflow software, medical imaging and HIS (Health Information Systems), mobile carts have proven to be an essential part of advanced healthcare facilities. As the market for mobile carts has evolved so has the number of companies offering products to the industry.
Here is a 10 point checklist to follow for properly evaluating mobile cart platforms:
- Material Construction: Mobile carts that are made out of metal will outlast non-durable plastic products. Plastic may look nice day one, but will show wear and tear soon after your initial deployment; whereas carts made of metal, especially light weight aluminum with powder coated surfaces will be more durable and if designed properly will be structurally superior. You can expect to get up to three times the life out of all metal carts; they are often lighter and more agile since they require less overall material due to the strength of metal over plastic.
- Ergonomic Standards: Understanding the engineering guidelines that mobile cart providers maintain is the best way to assure your team that ergonomics have been designed into the product. Confirm with the company that they research, design, fabricate and service their solutions, so they understand how ergonomics play in at every level. Access This Content To Read This Article In Its Entirety.