The cart that is used for storing medicines is considered as the most essential equipment that is usually used in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. They are used for storing and transporting for the bedridden patients. It is designed to always be on the go for the situations that need quick action, such as restoring consciousness, reviving patients. Examples of such situations may include cardiac arrest, breathing cessation, or drug overdose. The cart used for a pediatric ward may differ from that used in the general or emergency ward; therefore, it is important to understand the types of carts that are available along with their features.


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Types of Medical Cart That Are Commonly in Use Are Listed Below

  • Medical Bedside Carts: These carts usually comprises of three, four or five drawers with a wide bottom drawer to store large equipment. All drawers can be locked by the use of a single key and feature full extension, ball bearing drawer glides. Moreover, they are made from 18 to 20 gauge steel and thus are highly durable and robust.
  • Crash Carts: These are usually found in the emergency ward which contains well-made drawers for medications, scalpels, air supply tubes, needles, suction devices, a working surface with automatic electronic defibrillators or heart monitors and AEDs, in addition to space where oxygen containers are attached securely.
  • Anesthesia Carts: These contain medicines and tools that are required during the administration of anesthesia. Anesthesiologists are only authorized to use these carts. They are usually seen in the operation departments; however, can be transferred to any department when required. These carts are made from latex free materials thus can be used for patients with latex allergy.
  • Treatment Carts: These contain medicines, and tools required for treating wounds and injuries. The treatment carts have features like key lock override, factory set user and supervisor code etc.
  • Medical Isolation Carts: These carts come in different colors and designs are used for the isolation departments only. The main aim behind this to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens such as rubella, varicella virus etc.
  • Mobile Instrument Carts and Laboratory Carts: These carts are designed for the laboratory staffs. Be it for MRI tests, blood tests, ultrasound tests or ECG tests instrument carts and laboratory carts have specific requirements. These carts do not interfere or get influenced by strong magnetic fields or radio waves that are commonly found in the labs.

Significance of Medical Cart in Hospitals

  • It helps in preventing medication errors in hospital patients.
  • It prevents the hospital staffs from searching haphazardly for important medications and equipment during emergency as they are all available in designated places in the cart.
  • It has the feature of locking system which prevents unauthorized hospital staff and patients and visitors to get access to the medications like narcotics which are legally controlled substance.
  • It keeps things in an organized way and moreover the heavy medical equipment can be transferred from one place to the other easily especially during the emergency situation.
  • It helps nurses to administer medications quickly saving time for other patient care tasks.
  • It is made up of steel alloy; however, the drawers are made of aluminum, and a hard polymer. This prevents the cart from being too heavy.
  • It helps the nurse to keep a track on his/her activities and also assists the nurse to generate reports automatically.
  • It allows the medical personnel to get what is needed in a hurry as the drawers are clearly labeled and organized.

Apart from all these significances, the modern medical carts can be operated with a remote control.

Thus, it can be concluded by stating that a medical cart is an added benefit for hospitals.