Healthcare professionals use mobile powered equipment carts as they move from patient to patient. These mobile carts enable the provider to offer the best in patient care. They allow the provider immediate and simultaneous access to the patient and their records. They prevent the need to carry bulky records from station to bed, and they keep the patient’s records accurate and in one place for all the providers involved.
One very important consideration when purchasing a mobile powered equipment cart, or upgrading a current cart, is the power source. The power source a cart uses can determine the usefulness and lifetime of the cart. Some factors to consider is the runtime of the onboard battery, the estimated life of the battery, and its ease of use in recharging.
Several factors go into determining a mobile powered equipment cart’s power needs. A cart’s power needs will be different depending on what equipment it needs to operate. Another factor to consider when purchasing a mobile cart is how long the cart will need to operate before its battery needs recharging. And finally, how efficiently the cart uses the available power.
Mobile powered equipment carts have several power options available that will make them an excellent piece of equipment for any health care provider. Some carts have minimal power storage, intended to be used only as it’s transferred from one patient to the next. These carts must be plugged in when stationary to offer the best performance.
Mobile powered equipment carts can also come equipped with onboard power made up of one or more batteries. These batteries last throughout the day and are recharged when they lose power. A provider can have replacement batteries on hand that can be swapped out to ensure the mobile powered equipment cart is always available for use with patients.
There are two types of batteries available, a sealed lead acid battery and a lithium-ion phosphate battery. Sealed lead-acid batteries are old technology and are being replaced by lithium-ion technology. Some older carts using the sealed lead acid battery can be compatible with a lithium-ion replacement.
Lithium-ion batteries are newer technology and offer more battery life to the user. Additionally, they have a good lifetime performance as they can be recharged many times before needing replacement. This makes them very cost-effective.
One thing that can improve battery life is battery management software that will monitor the battery life of the mobile powered equipment cart and alert the user to the need to charge.
A mobile powered equipment cart needs to make the provider’s ability to offer quality patient care easier, and a properly powered cart is an important part of the equation. Providers choosing new carts, or upgrading older ones should understand their power needs and available power options so they can make the best choice for their healthcare business.