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Stocking a poratble medical cart

Medical carts are sets of trays and drawers that are on wheels and are available for immediate medical care in case of an emergency in the hospital. The medical cart can also be known as a crash cart. When properly stocked these carts can be the difference between life and death.

From one hospital to another the contents of the medical carts can vary, but for the most part they all have the same contents. These carts most often contain:

- Defibrillator or monitor
- Suction devices
- bag valve masks (BVMs) in various different sizes
- Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) drugs like epinephrine
- Various drugs for common problems
- Drugs for rapid incubation and sedatives
- Various types of medical equipment like gloves, gauze and alcohol swabs

There are a lot more things that a medical cart can include, it is up to the medical facility to decide what will be on them. The main goal of a medical cart is to have as much of the necessary equipment that you will need in the case of an emergency.

To make sure that your cart is always properly stocked it would behoove of you to make a check list and a regular schedule to check and restock the carts. The schedule would depend on how often the carts are used, but generally after use they should be checked and restocked.

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What is the maximum number of shelves in a medical cart?


It really depends on the company the manufacture the cart. It looks like the simple carts have about 3 wheels and the more sophisticated ones have drawers and shelves in different sizes. I saw one with 6 drawers:
http://www.metro.com/application/Carts

Apr 28, 2013 | Medical

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Can I buy a medical cart with removable wheels?


I think that most of the carts have removable wheels. It really depend on the cart you are looking for and which company manufactures it.
Here's an example of medical carts with what it seems as removable wheels:
http://www.rubbermaidhealthcare.com/products/Pages/Medication-Carts.aspx

Apr 28, 2013 | Medical

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Can you buy medical carts with computers attached?


Yes, medical carts come in lots of different varieties. I've seen carts with computers; with multiple levels of trays etc.
Take a look at the Capsa Solutions website, for some example of medical carts with computers;
http://www.capsasolutions.com/medication-carts/mobile-computing-medication-carts/

Jan 15, 2013 | Medical

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