Welcome to MedicationCarts.net! In this site you will find a complete guide to medication carts. Medication carts, or hospital carts serve many purposes in hospitals and medical centers. Primarily, they allow quick and ergonomical delivery of necessary medicines, supplies, medical instruments, and even food or laundry, to the patient. They are a big help to nurses on duty. The patient may be immovable, so supplies, medical instruments, diagnostic devices must be brought to the patient.
Other times, procedure carts are used by surgeons and their associates for specific procedures in a surgery room. Not all surgeries are the same, and surgeons and other personnel may want to customize the medical carts and their contents to best suit their modus operandi.
Since medication carts may carry sensitive chemicals, or expensive medical diagnostic devices, a secure locking mechanism is critical in many medication carts. Secure storage, high levels of organization of the contents, as well as ergonomy and speed of use, are among the most important hallmarks of modern medication carts.
We will expand on all major medication cart types here and in the sections that follow. We will go into details of crash carts, medicine carts, a variety of treatment carts, instrument carts, and medical trolleys. Finally, for each of these types of med carts, we will give suggestions and a surprising source where you may be able to get medication carts for less.
Emergency crash cart
Medical crash carts are used for quick delivery of life saving medications and equipment, typically defibrillators, and respiration aids to a patient just arriving into the hospital emergency room, or a patient that shows the signs of immediate life-threatening condition in general. Emergency cart contents checklist will reflect this, and typically, due to the potency of the drugs included, crash carts must be using an easily removable lock. Likewise, due to powerful drugs and resuscitation equipment used, most places will furnish a separate, pediatric crash cart for use with infants, ages six or below.
For more info and a selection of emergency medical crash carts, see section Crash Cart.
Medicine carts or medication carts hold drugs that a patient is prescribed to take. The drugs can be prescribed weeks in advance, so proper management and organization of medicine carts is crucial. Typically, medicine carts carry "punch cards", special, individually packaged cards filled with daily dosages of prescription drugs for an individual patient.
You can find more info on medicine carts, and a surprising source where you can find them inexpensively, in the section Medicine Cart.
Anesthesia carts, surgical carts, IV carts, isolation carts and specialty carts of many other types, malignant hyperthermia carts, are just a few of the examples of special medical treatment carts.
Find more about anesthesia cart, and the rest of the treatment cart types, including recommended sources, in the section Procedure Cart.
For diagnostic purposes, it is often needed to bring a medical diagnostic instrument, such as life sign detection, or ECG monitor, to the patient. Instrument cart must be designed with utility in mind, it must be able to enter into small spaces to get closer to the patient, and it must be ergonomically designed. Often, a patient's life could depend on the instrument's quick and proper deployment. Likewise, medical equipment cart such as MR-conditional cart will be specially designed for use with specific medical equipment such as magnetic resonance (MR) imaging.
Find out more about medical equipment carts or instrument carts.
Commonly, medical trolleys, or hospital carts, or transport carts, or medical supply carts will be used to deliver supplies such as food, and fresh linens to the patients beds. Other times, a larger quantities of supplies must be transferred using transfer carts to other areas inside the hospital. This is where medical rolling carts, medical utility carts or medical trolleys are used.
For more uses of medical trolleys and for ideas on where to find them inexpensively, see section on hospital trolleys.