From the desk of Taloncontrols
If you are in charge of purchasing mobile medication carts, or medicine trolleys, or if you are a specialist that buys these trolleys for your own practice, then you know that there is a huge selection in the market place of mobile medication carts of different kinds and all of them serving different purposes. Alone the operating room will be filled with medical mobile equipment and instrument trolleys, anesthesia carts, IV carts, surgical carts, and other specialty procedure carts during the operation.
We will focus on describing two of the commonly used mobile medication carts, the anesthesia cart and the isolation cart.
The anesthesia cart
The anesthesia cart, perhaps counter intuitively, is not used to host the anesthesia machine, or the gas machine. It turns out the anesthesia machines are still too bulky, and require their own cart. However, to host the supplies and the accessories needed while performing the anesthesia, anesthesiologist will organize the supplies and the accessories in a separate, anesthesia cart. There are two main types of anesthesia carts, the classic anesthesia cart, and the MR-conditional anesthesia carts.
Classic anesthesia cart: The classic anesthesia trolley consists simply of the large working surface and of several, typically five to seven drawers of varying height, which host the supplies, anesthesia items, and drugs needed. The drugs may include Propofol, Etomidate, Sux, Vecuronium, Atropine. The anesthesia items may include airway adjuncts such as tubes for nasal cavity, tongue blades, laryngoscope (throat viewer), a light wand, and also tubes to access deeper wind pipes such as endotracheal tubes.
MR-conditional anesthesia cart: The MR-conditional cart will include all the drawers and surfaces that a classic anesthesia trolley will use, but will need to be constructed out of a metallic materials that do not influence, the strong magnetic field inside the MR room. Likewise, the materials should not heat up in the presence of the radio waves that are also emanating from any MR machine. There are international standards for MR-conditional trolleys, given by ASTM. Independent certification companies are licensed to certify individual anesthesia trolleys as MR-conditional.
The mobile isolation cart
When it comes to medical storage and supply carts, the isolation carts are used more and more in hospitals. Not surprisingly, statistics have shown that in hospitals with higher number of patients, the contagion with different pathogens is more likely. Hospital carts were seen as one of the main vectors of contagion. Thus, the isolation trolley was invented. The isolation trolley can be any kind of medical supply and storage cart and is used for all the same purposes as the regular hospital carts. However, the isolation trolley is painted with a special antimicrobial paint, which kills the germs on contact. Therefore, it becomes unlikely that an isolation trolley could be transferring pathogens from one hospital bed to another.