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4 Questions to Ask When Buying a Medical Cart

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1. What specific things does it need to do?

There is a large range of computer carts on the market ranging from something as simple as a small surface for a laptop with caster wheels all the way up to multi-display stations with work surfaces, bins, locking medication drawers, hot-swappable battery power systems, and electric height adjustment. The former could cost less than a hundred dollars, and the latter over 5000 dollars, easily.

2. Is the cart designed for long term use?

The quality of the caster wheels, weight of the cart, and the materials all tell you something about how long the cart is designed to last. Because they typically are pretty heavy and get used heavily, the wheels are usually the first components that need to be replaced on a medical cart, so make sure the wheels are high quality. That affects the rate at which you will have to replace them.

Good powder coat paints help to ensure the finish on the cart will surface frequent cleanings.

3. How ergonomic is it?

The whole point of getting a cart is to move it around and use it in different environments and situations.

If you are rolling it down a hallway is the handle to push the thing at a nice height?

Is it compact enough for when you’re standing in a crowded patient’s room?

Does it come down to sitting height for large amounts of data entry?

A good cart has to work with you or else what’s the point? The more it can be quickly adjusted and easily moved, the more it will add to your productivity and reduce fatigue.

There’s actually ergonomic standards and guidelines put together by organizations like ISO and OSHA. And often cart manufacturers follow those standards.

One tricky facet to watch out for is the ease of sit to stand height adjustment. The goal is to go from a standing to a sitting position quickly and easily. Electronic adjustment is the best but also the most costly.

4. What type of PC hardware does it accommodate?

If it needs to support a PC tower, make sure the necessary brackets and are available and they are the right sizes for your setup.

Check for VESA compliant monitor brackets. Also, check to make sure the VESA variant fits and that the type of bracket will support the weight of the screen you intend to use.


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