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Keeping Your Medical Carts Rolling: Tips to Extend Fleet Life

May 15th, 2024
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Medical carts are the workhorses of any healthcare facility. They carry vital supplies and equipment, and allow staff to deliver care efficiently. But like any workhorse, medical carts need proper care to function optimally and last for years. Here are some tips to extend the life of your medical cart fleet:

Implement a Preventive Maintenance Program:

  • Schedule Regular Inspections: Just like getting your car serviced, carts need routine checkups. Develop a schedule for technicians or a designated staff member to inspect wheels, brakes, electrical components, and overall functionality.

  • Address Minor Issues Promptly: Don't let small problems snowball. A loose screw today can become a broken mechanism tomorrow. Fix minor issues as soon as they're identified.

  • Maintain Cleanliness: Regular cleaning removes dirt, debris, and spills that can damage cart surfaces and components.

 

Invest in User Training:

  • Proper Use: Educate staff on the proper way to load, unload, and maneuver carts. This will help prevent overloading, which can strain wheels and brakes, and rough handling, which can damage electronics and drawers.

  • Report Damage: Train staff to report any damage they notice, no matter how minor. Early detection allows for prompt repairs and prevents further issues.

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Optimize Fleet Management:

  • Track Cart Usage: Understanding how and where carts are used can help identify areas for improvement. Are carts being used for unintended purposes? Are they ending up in unauthorized areas?

  • Maintain a Spare Cart Pool: Having a few spare carts readily available ensures minimal downtime when repairs are needed.

  • Consider a Fleet Management System: Technology can be a valuable tool. Fleet management software can track cart location, usage, and maintenance needs, streamlining operations and extending cart life.

Additional Tips:

  • Invest in Quality Carts: While the initial cost might be higher, well-made carts are built to last, saving money in the long run.

  • Explore Extended Warranties: Extended warranties can provide peace of mind and cover unexpected repairs.

By following these tips, you can extend the life of your medical cart fleet, saving your facility money and ensuring staff always have the equipment they need to deliver exceptional patient care.