Usability, portability, and flexibility within the hospital or clinic setting are what manufacturers have in mind when designing medical carts on wheels with drawers. And, because these carts are mounted on wheels, they prove purposeful when put to the test in any medical environment. Usability, portability, and flexibility within the hospital or clinic setting are what manufacturers have in mind when designing medical carts on wheels with drawers. And, because these carts are mounted on wheels, they prove purposeful when put to the test in any medical environment.
As useful as these carts may be, the addition of medical cart accessories guarantees the carts reach their full potential.
So, here are some of the most helpful accessories that can be added to enhance functionality, save time, and improve patient safety in the process.
1) Wristband Printers
A wristband printer is a small addition to a medication cart that makes a big difference. Being able to print identification and allergy wristbands directly at the bedside is an important safety measure that also saves time for nurses who would otherwise have to walk back and forth between a centrally shared printer and individual patient rooms.
2) Electronic Signature Pad
An electronic signature pad saves valuable time when it comes to admitting new patients to the hospital. In a hospital, there are a surprising number of times when staff require a signature. Whether it is a patient who must sign a consent form prior to surgery or receiving blood, or a family member signing an organ donation form, there are hundreds of situations when having a having an electronic signature pad included on your medication carts makes this process much easier.
3) Desktop or Laptop Computer
The addition of a desktop or laptop computer always enhances medical carts on wheels with drawers. This feature allows for real-time documentation of medication administration as the medications are given, and allows the nurse to verify laboratory values, allergy records, and other essential clinical information prior to administering any medication to ensure patient safety.
4) Sharps Container
Having a sharps container attached to your medication cart makes sense in almost all hospital settings. Since needles are involved in the administration and preparation or almost all subcutaneous, intravenous, and intramuscular injections, there is always some risk of needle stick injury. Having sharps container available mitigates this risk.
5) Individual Patient Storage Drawers
Individualized patient storage drawers are a type of medical cart organizer that allows a specific drawer space for each patient. This reduces the incidence of wrong-patient errors and keeps patient-specific medications such as insulin pens separate.
6) Locking Storage Drawers
In any setting where controlled substances are administered, the ability to have one or more storage drawers in a medication cart that can lock is an essential addition to a medical cart organizer. If you want to safely and efficiently administer narcotic medications or any other controlled substances to patients, then having locking storage drawers is an excellent addition to your medication cart set-up.