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The Best Features to Look for in A Medication Transfer Cart

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The Best Features to Look for in A Medication Transfer Cart

What Is A Medication Transfer Cart? Medication transfer carts enable a smooth, secure, and reliable exchange of medications from pharmacy to medication carts on the patient floor or point-of-care medication cabinets located in patient rooms. They are most often used in hospitals, nursing homes, and extended care facilities that are responsible for dispensing medications to patients. Pharmacy technicians load medications in pull-out bins (or drawers) that are located within cassettes inside the transfer cart. A cassette with empty bins can be removed from a medication cart and exchanged with a fully stocked cassette. The technician then rolls the mobile transfer cart to...

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Can Medical Supply Carts Reduce Medical Supply Waste and Profit Loss?

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Can Medical Supply Carts Reduce Medical Supply Waste and Profit Loss?

Medical Supplies Eat Up Budgets While hospitals are in the business of caring for patients, make no mistake, it is a business. According to Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, hospital CEOs understand their hospital’s performance is based primarily on patient outcomes but also on profitability. That means hospitals must be as efficient as possible. This isn’t easy. In an NBC news article, Gary Young, director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research at Northern University said, “A general principle is that about one-third have margins that are above zero. Probably about one-third of hospitals are pretty close...

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What’s in a Crash Cart and How Is it Used?

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What’s in a Crash Cart and How Is it Used?

What Is a Crash Cart? A crash cart is often defined as “a set of trays/drawers/shelves on wheels used in hospitals for transportation and dispensing of emergency medication/equipment at the site of a medical/surgical emergency for life support protocols (ACLS/ALS) to potentially save someone’s life.” The original crash cart was designed by Joel J. Nobel, M.D. in 1965. Dr. Nobel was an American anesthesiologist and was an advocate for patient safety. His mission was to empower doctors and nurses to be more efficient while optimizing patient care. Nobel’s invention of the crash cart was his way of providing those professionals with the equipment, tools, and supplies they...

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Patients Waking Up During Surgery? Have Your Anesthesia Carts Ready

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Patients Waking Up During Surgery? Have Your Anesthesia Carts Ready

Accidental Awareness It’s the stuff of nightmares and something many of us have considered at one point in our lives: “What if I were to wake up during surgery?” While uncommon, this phenomenon does happen. It’s referred to as “accidental awareness.” A patient, even under anesthesia, wakes up during the surgical procedure being performed on them. Doctors are unaware it is happening and the patient feels it all. Warning: Skip this paragraph if you have a weak stomach. During an episode of accidental awareness, the patient comes out of their drug-induced “sleep” to hear and even feel surgeons performing the...

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