Kevin Mortenson of Capsa Solutionso offers insight into purchasing considerations for surgical mobility, specifically carts.
1. Each facility and staff has a different set of needs when considering mobility products. What’s most important is that you work with suppliers who are in tune with the pairing of product with purpose. For example, is a plastic cart better for you, or aluminum? What type of technology do you need? More often than not, entry management system needs are driven by state compliance guidelines, the proposed use of the equipment, tracking needs, etc. All of that must be taken in to account when considering a cart purchase, so first and foremost know your “rules” and find professional partners that will help meet those qualifications while addressing specific utilization requirements. It’s no good to be compliant if the cart doesn’t work for you, and certainly a problem if you aren’t compliant.
2. Space availability and the need for mobility are other important factors. The largest cart is not always best, particularly if you are moving the equipment from suite to suite.
3. While that is true, you’ll also want to consider storage and drawer configuration. Again, working with your selected supplier is key to determining the appropriate equipment. They shouldn’t direct you to a catalog and tell you to pick it out. A consultative approach will more often than not result in the proper equipment filling your space, factoring in longevity and the overall value proposition offered by the product lines.