In a hospital, medicines and healthcare equipment need to be within easy reach of healthcare practitioners. While it is necessary to store long-term supplies in a centralised location, medical staff should not have to waste valuable time journeying back and forth from a stock room or central storage unit for daily necessities.
This is where medical supply carts come in handy. Employing a fleet of conveniently placed mobile storage and dispensing units, saves hospital staff a lot of time. In the healthcare industry above any other, every minute does indeed matter.
Read on below to discover two ways in which healthcare supply trolleys contribute to better service provision.
The storage and dispensing of medical supplies can be decentralised, and resources will be available wherever they are most needed. Take for example, a trauma bay in the emergency unit of a hospital. It is more useful to grab individual carts for each bed, than be forced to use a centralised supply unit elsewhere in the bay. Hospital staff that work in the emergency ward arguably have the shortest action timeframes within which to stabilise a patient. Having the tools they need to save patients on-hand beside the bed, could make the difference between saving and losing a patient. Similarly, in hospital recovery wards, it makes sense for the doctor or nurses doing the rounds, to be able to take a trolley full of tools and medication with them as they visit each patient.
A Complete Solution
In a healthcare centre, patients can present with a range of health issues. Some may be of a chronic nature, whereas others may require urgent treatment. Some may be localised to certain bodily systems, while others may require more general treatment. Medical supply carts are invaluable because they can be tailored to be deployed as comprehensive supply solutions for different situations.
Manufacturers understand this, and create a range of general purpose and specialised carts which nurses and attendants then equip accordingly. For example, hospitals’ Intensive Care Units (ICU’s) regularly rely on specialised, colour-coded crash carts which are easy to identify in an emergency. They contain all the medication and equipment needed to stabilise or revive a patient who has entered the danger zone. Likewise, units for neonatal wards would be capable of accommodating all routine items required for treatment of infants. They would be built to store small drug containers and miniature medical equipment owing to the diminished dosage requirements and physical stature of newborns.
Mobile supply units are integral to the healthcare system, and have a fundamental role to play in most emergency response routines within hospitals.