Taking your workstation to the point of care has become a standard practice in healthcare clinics around the nation. Having everything you need at your fingertips as you care for patients can make for more efficient health care, happier patients, and a less stressed staff.
Mobile workstations can be made up of multiple components. These workstations on wheels should be customized in order to fit the specific needs of your facility. This will help you get the most out of your carts.
What Goes into an Efficient Mobile Workstation?
If you want to make your workstation mobile, first ask yourself this question: What are the critical things I need at my side when I tend to patients?
Some of the things to consider include:
- Medicine storage
- Supply bins for syringes, bandages, or medicine cups
- Storage for medical devices such as blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, or stethoscopes
- Battery power
- Locked drawers or bins
- Sharps containers
The workstation on wheels in your healthcare facility should include space for whichever components you and your staff will find most useful in your clinic. Customizing your carts for your unique workflow will allow you to get the most use out of your mobile workstation.
Medical Prep and Paperwork
Finding mobile stations that provide a large surface for medication prep or paperwork is also an important consideration. You don’t want to scrimp on space as you want the staff to have plenty of room to include things that he or she might need based on his or her responsibilities.
Other considerations include ergonomic and lightweight designs, as well as stations that will fit in a compact space when not in use.
Most facilities have already moved to an electronic medical records system. If this is the case in your healthcare clinic, the transition to a mobile computer station should prove seamless. Taking your patient records to the bedside can allow caregivers access to full histories at the press of a button. This means knowing in real time about allergies, prescriptions, and symptoms. It also allows access to new orders and updates as they become available.
Getting the most from the workstation on wheels at your hospital will depend on having a quality medical cart that fully meets your needs.
Find a provider that has experience in helping clients customize new carts or refurbish older once to meet your facility’s requirements.