Tips For Selecting Chart Storage Carts & Cabinets
In hospitals and clinical settings the patient charts are typically stored in one central location for easy access. Nurses, doctors or other health care staff are then required to transport charts as needed to each doctor's office, treatment location or examination room. This can be both inefficient as well as creating extra time in getting charts back and forth. A much simpler option is to use chart storage carts that are specifically designed to handle multiple charts in an organized, efficient manner.
Chart storage charts are different than medication carts or utility carts in that they are literally rolling filing cabinets. Since most physicians and hospitals use a binder system for patient charts, chart storage carts are set up to hold any number of binders from the smaller carts holding 10 patient charts up to the larger units that can hold 36 different patient charts. The size of chart storage carts that suits the specific unit, physicians office or hospital really depends on the number of patients within one given floor, ward or area.
Having chart storage carts on hand is a terrific way to make patient care planning meetings simple and easy. No more rushing around to find patient charts, they can all be assembled on one cart for easy access during the meeting. In addition these chart storage carts can be used in therapy centers, rehab facilities and of course for each doctor as they make their rounds.
Chart storage carts need to be durable yet lightweight and easy to maneuver in patient care areas as well as on outdoor surfaces if there is a need to transport charts between buildings. Lightweight plastic framed chart storage carts are great for use on wards and units where there is a constant change over of patients. Binders and charts can be easily moved from the file storage room and moved about on rounds. These chart storage carts will typically come in two sizes, small or large, and are generally white or beige in color. They tend to be open on all sides for easy access to the charts from either side of the cart.
For offices or physicians with smaller patient numbers, some of the deluxe chart storage carts may be more appropriate. These durable yet beautiful looking chart storage carts have a wood grained surface that completely encloses the charts, providing the ultimate in patient privacy and doctor practicality. The shelves feature individual, movable dividers that allow the staff to separate and categorize the charts within the chart storage carts for easy location of binders.
These types of chart storage racks can still easily be transported from room to room as they are on wheels, or they can be left within a specific area. Their wood with black frame design allows them to blend into a doctor's office or group meeting room to look like a piece of furniture. The locking feature on the front panel ensures that patients or staff will not have access to the charts when the cart is not opened.
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