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Benefits of a Medical SFF Cart

5 Benefits of a SFF Cart

One of the most common things that medical facilities are looking for when it comes to their medical carts is versatility. While some facilities need all the bells and whistles that come with our full-sized carts, others need something that can be used in a variety of spaces, can maneuver around tight patient rooms, and take up less of their precious storage space.

That is where our medical SFF cart comes in!

What Is an SFF Cart?

SFF is an acronym that stands for Small Form Factor. Our DataCart™ Small Form Factor carts put an emphasis on user comfort, safety, and mobility while creating an overall smaller footprint. These factors give our customers the same purpose larger medical carts offer but with small cart benefits.

Benefits Of Medical SFF Carts

There are many benefits to choosing a Small Form Factor medical cart for your facility including:

Smaller Size

As the name suggests, the small form factor carts are smaller than some of our other powered medical carts. This overall small size leads to some of the other benefits we are going to talk about in a moment, but that smaller size is a benefit in its own right.

A smaller medical cart is more beneficial because of how it looks to a patient. Larger medical carts can be intimidating to a patient, depending on the situation. When a medical professional arrives with a larger cart filled with many accessories, the patient might believe that something is significantly wrong. Smaller carts have a better overall eye appeal that can surprisingly make a patient feel more at ease.

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Ability To Navigate Into Tight Spaces

One of the more direct benefits of the size of small form factor carts is how easy they are to move around. As you probably already know most medical facilities lack space. Whether it is in the hallway, in storage, or in each patient room, space is something that comes at a premium.

While you might love to have a standard medical cart, it might be more beneficial to a tight office space to invest in an SFF cart. Small form factor carts allow you to have almost all the benefits of a larger cart all while gaining maneuverability.

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Smaller Footprint

Optimizing the space you have available without compromising on the necessary components of a medical cart is important. So being able to have a cart that takes up less storage space sounds amazing, doesn’t it? That’s what the medical SFF cart is here to do! The cart itself is approximately 40% smaller than a standard cart.

The smaller footprint gives you more spacing options that may not have been available before. Having small form factor carts could mean more organization, more room for other accessories, and even capitalizing on multiple SFF carts to replace larger medical carts.

Lightweight

Your medical staff has to do enough heavy lifting during patient care. They don’t also need to worry about pushing around a heavy medical cart. This lightweight cart design ensures that it won’t end up being a burden on your staff.

Our small form factor carts weigh from a range of 30-45 pounds, making them extremely easy to move around. Now just because they are lightweight doesn’t mean that they aren’t sturdy. Our USA manufacturing ensures that even our small carts can hold up in the harshest conditions.

The Medical SFF Cart Size Makes It Attractive To Telemedicine

One of the areas that we are seeing all these advantages of the SFF cart being used is telemedicine. Being able to have a patient visit a specialist in another facility or country is an incredible thing we can accomplish with modern technology. All the benefits we mentioned above – maneuverability, lightweight, smaller size, smaller footprint – make this task drastically easier, allowing patients to have a wider range of medical resources that would otherwise be limited without technology.

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Who is the SFF Cart Designed For?

The SFF cart wasn’t designed with just one facility in mind. Many facilities looking for quick maneuverability and compact sizing could benefit from the flexibility a small form factor cart has to offer including:

  • Patient triage
  • Nursing facilities
  • ICU
  • Ambulatory/outpatient areas
  • Operating rooms
  • Med/Surgery
  • and many more!

Can small form factor carts help you in your facility? If so, we’d love to chat! Contact us today and let’s see how we can create a custom solution built just for you!

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DataCart™ Partners with Elora International – Hot Swap Power System Solution

DataCart partners with Elora International hot swap batteries

As a leading medical cart manufacturer here in the United States, we are always looking for ways to take our carts to the next level and continue to separate ourselves from other solutions.

That is why we are excited to announce a brand new partnership that will allow us to better serve our customers and create brand new innovative solutions!

ELORA International is a company founded on the principles of bringing value innovation to healthcare providers with a mission of improving patient care.

The ELORA battery system eliminates the need for power cords and hallway charging while creating an EcoSystem of Power compatible with WOWs and Tablet Carts. Elora International built a cart agnostic, cost-effective, and reliable battery and power system that fits everyone else’s needs too. Their system is manufactured in an FDA-approved manufacturing facility which helps to ensure product quality and top-notch standards.

At the end of the day, this new partnership is here to provide simple, reliable, and affordable solutions for YOU and your fleet of medical carts! Here’s how:

Simple to use

Your staff is already busy enough. They don’t need to be bothered with heavy base-powered WOWs that require charging up to six hours per day, while tethered to a wall. In certain settings saving even minutes could make the biggest difference inpatient care. The ELORA Mobile Power System allows staff to quickly swap out batteries on medical carts without skipping a beat.

The ELORA Wall Charging Cabinet ensures a charged battery is always within arm’s reach. Simply swap a depleted battery whenever it’s required in under 15 seconds without the need to power down any equipment. Elora’s hot swap battery capability ensures your staff is always equipped with a powered medical cart.

Providing these simple solutions is one of the best parts of our partnership!

Reliable

In an environment that is always changing and moving, you need a system that you can count on. Having certain pieces of equipment down for extended periods of time leads to inefficiencies, stressed staff, and even impacted patient outcomes. 

ELORA’s lightweight, high-capacity Lithium-Ion batteries deliver long, reliable run-times that last on average 6-8 hours. That, combined with charging times as low as 4 hours means that you will never be without a battery to swap, almost making downtime on your medical carts non-existent. Talk about reliability and efficiency!

Affordable

We get it… managing medical facility budgets can be a pain and many times “the math needs to be right” when looking at these types of solutions.  While the ELORA system itself is very affordable, the true monetary benefit comes from the other benefits of the system.  We already talked about efficiency, but think about it now from the position of how that could impact your bottom line. A more efficient process is a more cost-effective one and making sure that staff is always on the move not having to deal with medical cart downtimes accomplishes that goal. 

Not only that, but with this system, you can extend the life out of your current medical cart fleet and upgrade them without needing to completely change your system. Not only that, having battery power available to you 24/7 means fewer overall carts in your fleet to manage, storage, repair, and replace. 

We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the demand for medical facilities to upgrade their non-powered medical cart fleet into powered ones. As we have discussed, not only is this process affordable, it’s also reliable and much more simple than you might think!

DataCart’s™ new partnership with ELORA is the next step in meeting the needs of our medical cart customers and continuing to bring medical facilities forward in the technology they use to provide better outcomes for their patients. 

To learn more about the ELORA Mobile Power Solution, watch the video below!

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Advantages of Telemedicine: Taking Healthcare to the Patient

Various types of telemedicine solutions in healthcare

There is one thing for certain – technology has made the world incredibly small. 

And there might not be an industry that has benefited from this fact more than the healthcare industry. Technology has allowed our healthcare facilities to access information that we once thought impossible, it has allowed us to connect with patients in new ways, and provide solutions and expertise to patients across the globe.

This is Telemedicine. 

Telemedicine is rapidly changing the healthcare industry, so it is important to consider these advantages for your facilities so that you can make the proper investments now before you are forced to play catch up

Telemedicine is More Convenience 

We all know the convenience of telemedicine for patients, but convenience is an advantage that healthcare professionals realize as well. 

It is estimated that nearly 75% of Urgent Care and  ER visits are either unnecessary or could be handled safely and effectively over the phone or video, according to statistics from the American Medical Association and Wellness Council of America

Having this reduction of in-person visits reduces the stress on the entire healthcare staff and makes it much easier for them to treat the patients that really need care. It reduces the amount of time that they spend on their feet, keeping energy levels higher and keeping fatigue at bay. 

On the other side of the convenience advantage – With telemedicine, you are able to take the healthcare professionals to the patient. With a product like a mobile telemedicine exam kit, you can service a broad area of individuals by bringing their needs to them when needed. 

Telemedicine Saves Time

Healthcare facilities and professionals are under a lot of pressure to reduce the amount of time being spent with patients in order to see more individuals in a day. One way to do this without reducing the quality of care is through the use of telemedicine.

Studies have shown that the average visit with a doctor lasts approximately 17.4 minutes. On average, physicians that use telemedicine saw a reduction in that time by 20%. While that might not seem like a big number, it can add up over time allowing physicians to either see more patients or increase the quality of the care being provided. 

These appointments are shorter for a few reasons. For one, telemedicine appointments tend to be more focused with less chit-chat. Doctors also have access to all patients’ information directly in front of them at all times, making it easier to reference, and finally the simple fact that they do not need to jump from room to room shaves off a few minutes as well. 

Over the course of the year, think about those implications for your facilities. 

Telemedicine Makes for Better Assessments 

It may seem like a surprise, but telemedicine appointments tend to create better assessments than their in-person counterparts.

It all comes down to focus. While a Physician might not have access to all the tools they would typically use in a standard office setting, they are able to ask a lot more clarifying questions that might help them get to the answer that they need.

Also, your physicians can get more of a “lay of the land” of someone’s home or get other information that may end up making a large difference in the assessment and potential diagnosis.

This is particularly important in the field of mental health. A trained professional might be able to assess things going on around the patient that might be helpful in assisting them. In addition, they might be able to get a better assessment at the time of the issue instead of having that person try to remember how they were feeling or what was happening.

Telemedicine Increases Access to Specialists

One of the biggest advantages of telemedicine for both patients and facilities is having easy access to specialists from around the globe. By implementing telemedicine, you expand the knowledge base of your entire team and you let your patient know that you are getting them the best information possible. 

Telemedicine Increases Cost Savings

Let’s talk about the bottom line. Earlier, we talked about how the time that is saved via a telemedicine appointment can allow a physician to see more patients in a day. While this is a great advantage, the inverse, reducing expenses, is also true!

While telemedicine does require some level of initial investment, such as a telemedicine cart or telemedicine exam kit, the long-term savings will surpass it over time. 

These savings come in many forms from the use of equipment (gloves, masks, etc.), reducing the total number of beds being taken at any given time, and just making the overall healthcare system move much more efficiently. 

Overall, there are a ton of incredible advantages to care providers who use and invest in telemedicine. Regardless of these advantages, telemedicine is becoming the future of healthcare and it is important for healthcare providers to invest early in this technology so they can experience the true advantage of it for themselves! 

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Our Most Common Cart Accessories for Healthcare Facilities

Most common medical cart accessories

Accessories for Medical Carts come in all shapes and sizes and can be custom-built to help increase equipment use as you introduce new technology to your healthcare organization.

Here at DataCart™, we have custom-built hundreds of accessories that hold all kinds of customer equipment over the years. We maintain multiple common stand-out accessories that have greatly impacted how Medical Carts are used.  

Storage Drawer

This is the most requested accessory and the number of options to customize a drawer is surprisingly large.  There are different size drawers, different lock tops, drawers with foam lining, drawers with compartmental dividers for storage and drawers with charging ports. 

Some of the common uses for drawers are holding medical devices, securing medications, and storing supplies.

Wire Basket

Drawer storage not enough, need quick access?  We provide a wire basket that is another way to gain even more storage on your medical cart.  The wire basket is perfect for transporting files and other paperwork, providing an easy storage option.

Monitor Mounts

Monitor screen access and display is critical.  As technology and information sharing advances, there need to be multiple options to view and share screen information.  At DataCart™, we have carts designed to use the laptop screen to multiple options for monitor display from side-by-side to stacked monitors to front and back options to articulating arms to move monitors closer to the patient.  The articulating arm allows a lot of custom ability in how you deliver information for your patients.  Being able to move and place in unique positions lets each cart be flexible enough to be used in different settings across the facility.

Quick Release

Medical facilities need the unique ability to repurpose resources on a dime.  Adding the quick release to your medical cart monitor attachment allows you to quickly repurpose your monitor.  

Shelving

Shelves come in all different sizes and serve multiple purposes to integrate equipment on a cart from printers and scanners to patient monitors and PTZ cameras. 

Security

Security is a major priority.  Moving around a facility with a medical cart anyone can become distracted.  We offer several different types of locks along with other devices to either tether or anchor equipment for security.

Casters

DataCart™ provides single and dual wheel caster with brakes and without brakes along with multiple size options – 3”, 4” and 5”.  

A Legacy of Accessory Innovation

It starts with our listening, down to the last detail of the desired goal to accomplish and how it will be used.  From design to materials to construction, we offer numerous accessories and thousands of different accessory combinations that allow you to fully customize your medical cart to your specific need.  We pride ourselves on providing the best recommendations for you and being experts in our field and if we do not have it, we will build it.  If you want to learn more about our medical carts and their accessories, we would love to talk to you!

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Why Choose a Medical Cart Manufacturer in the USA?

Made in USA medical carts

It takes time to look for the “Made in USA” label, but it is a worthwhile effort to support brands that are building up our economy, creating a quality product for our nation, and providing jobs to our fellow countrymen.

We want to explain the difference between an item fully manufactured in the USA vs. Assembled in the USA.

“Made in USA” means, fully manufactured with parts from the USA but many people do not realize that “Assembled in the USA” is a regulated term from the FTC and requires “its principal assembly takes place in the United States and that the assembly is substantial.”

There are multiple companies that perform this sleight of hand implying they design, manufacture, and assemble their medical carts here in the USA. The reality is most are either branding an imported product or importing and/or manufacturing parts overseas, sacrificing quality to reduce production costs by using inferior materials and parts on their medical carts.

The phrase “Made in the USA” should have significance. It should be a “Value Experience” where design, manufacturing, and assembly, produce an overall product delivering performance and support at a valued price.

Within healthcare and other medical industries, medical carts support multiple projects throughout the facilities. From creating a workstation on wheels to a laptop cart to a telehealth cart, healthcare groups of all kinds are investing significant dollars in medical carts to support their delivery of care.

Stronger Materials and Construction

It starts with the raw materials used to manufacture the cart. Is the cart made of aluminum and steel or is it molded plastic? While plastic is less expensive, removing too much weight from the cart can create a tipping hazard when equipping a medical cart with a computer, monitor, and camera. The plastic is also less durable and will reduce the useful life of the medical cart.

Focus on Ergonomics and Antimicrobial

In designing a medical cart, taking the ergonomics, and cleaning aspects are important. There are five aspects of ergonomics: safety, comfort, ease of use, productivity/performance, and aesthetics. These ergonomic principles need to be part of the medical cart design to assist the medical industries and professionals in them delivering healthcare to those in need.

The same holds true for the defense against the spread of infectious microorganisms. Each medical cart needs to be manufactured of materials and treated in production to make it antimicrobial and reduce the levels of infectious diseases on high-touch surfaces.

Manufactured in USA medical workstation on wheels

Supporting Local

The final reason to look for Made in the USA medical carts is to support local owned and operated businesses. By supporting local businesses, you make sure that medical cart makers that have your best interest in mind stay in business.

Overall, medical carts Made in the USA are going to be manufactured with higher quality materials and designed for better user experiences while lasting longer delivering a greater value experience.

If you want to learn more about DATACART™ and our “Made in the USA” carts, check out the rest of our website by using the navigation on the top of our website, or contact us today with any questions!