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    Top 3 Things to Look for in your Isolation Cart

    Isolation carts are a great tool to ensure a safe and sterile hospital environment. Their design includes a bright yellow color to ensure that they are easy to identify in the hospital setting. They are often placed in front of highly infectious patients rooms with supplies to ensure that the medical staff does not have any contact that could cause further infection. Each cart drawer is labeled with its contents to ensure that the staff knows exactly where every item is. The items  stored in isolation carts include, gowns, gloves and masks.

     Many hospitals and healthcare facilities are choosing  isolation carts that  meet their specific needs as well as to meet protocol requirements. With a well-designed isolation cart, dealing with difficult, highly- infectious diseases can be done in a safer manner.



    3 Tips to Improve Your Isolation Cart

    Three of the most important factors to consider when choosing or creating your isolation cart are adequate drawer capacity, easy identification of products in various compartments and a small footprint.


     1.Adequate Drawer Capacity

    The ability to access all the contents within a drawer is essential. Choosing an isolation cart with full extension drawers provides  visitors and healthcare workers easy  access all the necessary isolation supplies . Choose your isolation cart’s drawer depth based on the product you intend to store in it. For example, if you are storing gowns in a drawer, you should consider a depth of 12 inches (305 mm).


     2.Easy Identification of Products in Various Compartments

    Product identification can be easy with visible storage wells on top of your isolation cart to hold masks and various-sized latex gloves. Drawer labels can be used to identify the contents within each drawer, making it easier for healthcare workers and visitors to find the products they need quickly.


    3.A Small Footprint

    As with any medical cart, a small footprint is essential. Customizing your isolation cart to conserve space may be easier than you think. The side of Isolation carts can be used to hold glove boxes and wastebaskets. Some carts provide a recessed side so they don't add to the footprint space even when the  side section of the cart is  open. In addition, choosing a cart with molded-in handles will reduce the size of your isolation cart’s footprint.


    Consider choosing a cart that allows multiple products to be stored and organized within a single drawer. For example, drawer dividers make storing more than one product in a single drawer easy; however, identification for quick retrieval is vital, which is why each drawer needs to be labeled appropriately. For instance, consider that you are storing gowns in a drawer with a depth of 12 inches (305 mm), you can use a divider in the center of the drawer to store the small gowns on the left and medium gowns on the right: The next drawer can be divided and labeled to hold the large and extra-large gowns, etc.


    * Cart Fact -There is typically nothing allowed in hospital hallways with the exception of isolation and crash carts, but only when they are in use. 


    For more information on how you can improve your isolation cart contact Metro today. 



    About the author

    Dave Salus has been with Intermetro for over 25 years. He is currently the Market Manager for the Healthcare division, which includes carts , shelving, baskets, carts, tables, work centers, and a large variety of specialty products. Dave's tenure at Metro has provided him with first- hand experience in all departments in a hospital. His market research provides a unique perspective from the end user’s viewpoint, that is brought within the company and embedded in the new products, programs , and written material he creates.
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