Clinical Procedure Carts | Harloff and Metro Comparison


Clinical procedure carts, also known as medical procedure carts, are carts that are used by physicians and healthcare staff performing specific procedures. Anesthesia, emergency room, pediatric, and medical isolation carts may all be defined under the umbrella of clinical procedure carts. For greater efficiency and optimal patient outcomes, this critical supply need should offer configuration, security, adaptability, maneuverability, and infection control. 

Two brands that stand out in Canada are Harloff Manufacturing Co. and Metro. Which are best suited to the unique and current requirements of your hospital, private medical clinic, or other healthcare facility? Below is a breakdown of key features and benefits of each brand (with examples) as they apply to their clinical procedure carts offering. Let’s review.

Comparison of Harloff and Metro Clinical Procedure Carts to Determine Which May be Best Suited to Your Medical Facility’s Current Needs

Harloff Clinical Procedure Carts Key Features and Benefits

Harloff Clinical Procedure Carts
Examples of Harloff M-Series Clinical Procedure Carts

Healthcare environments can improve patient outcomes by having all the supplies for patient needs in one well-organized procedure cart for efficient and effective application. Harloff offers a variety of specialized procedure cart configurations to fit any requirement. Key features include (but are not exclusive to) the following:

  • Removable antimicrobial plastic tops
  • Available in multiple cabinet sizes: 3 widths and 4 heights (most brands only have 2 sizes).
  • Available in multiple locking options
  • Available in both aluminum and steel
  • Customizable even for small quality purchases

Clients are particularly impressed by the steel construction M-Series and the aluminum construction A-Series

The M-Series allows you to choose the cart specifications to meet your requirements. For example, the M-Series tall medical equipment cart with height adjustable overhead shelves, six drawers, and a key lock is designed to hold a lightweight computer monitor, medical instruments, a printer or other light equipment and is available in 18 different colours to match the decor of your facility spaces. Meanwhile, their M-Series mini-width phlebotomy cart on wheels with five drawers and breakaway lock is available with an accessories package which includes tilt bins, a waste container with lid, and many other commonly desired accessories designed to help staff serve patient needs. View more on the nearly two dozen models of the Harloff M-Series, which are made available (and configurable) through Forsyth Healthcare in Canada. 

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Examples of Harloff A-Series Clinical Procedure Carts

The A-Series offers facilities with lightweight aluminum construction with unmatched visual appeal and extensive customization options. Moreover, the A-Series boasts self-closing drawers, while the M-Series does not. In addition to the direct mobility and storage benefits, there are nuanced features that make a big difference in the A-Series. For instance, the tall wood-style drawer front cart with standard width, six drawers, and E-lock provides staff with optimal efficiency while the wood aesthetic offers psychological benefits for patients, making them feel more at-home and comfortable than they would in a typical medical environment. View more on the nearly two dozen models of the Harloff A-Series, which are made available (and configurable) through Forsyth Healthcare in Canada.

The Harloff line of configurable clinical procedure carts is expansive, to say the least, and the list of features and benefits is just as extensive, whether considering the A-Series and M-Series or the ETC line, which offers compact carts for bedside use in clinics, doctor’s offices, and even veterinary clinics.

Contact Forsyth Healthcare Canada today to learn more about Harloff clinical procedure carts.

*Harloff carts ship to Canada from the USA, which increases the cost of shipping.

Metro Procedure Carts Key Features and Benefits

Metro clinical procedure carts offer a specialized, customizable, and accessory-rich solution to keep materials organized for storage and transport. When we say “accessory-rich,” we mean it, as Metro’s carts include everything from overhead bin storage systems and IV poles to additional side storage, medical waste bins, and more. Here are the standard features that make Metro Carts a standout in the market:

1. Polymer construction: Lightweight, easy to move.
2. Highly durable: will not dent or chip as painted metal carts will.
3. Easy to clean: Carts have rounded corners, minimal seams and Microban protection built into the material so it will not wear off.
4. Adaptability: the majority of accessories do not need tools to mount or adjust. Carts can easily be reconfigured on-site, even the drawers and their handles.
5. Modern aesthetic: the design of metal carts has not changed in decades.

Metro procedure carts are also available in pre-configured designs that are based on the needs associated with specific procedures, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and Malignant Hyperthermia.  

Metro Clinical Procedure Carts
Examples of Metro Clinical Procedure Carts

The Metro Starsys Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Cart is a shining example from the brand’s fleet of clinical procedure carts. This cart ensures that critical supplies are immediately accessible for both routine ECMO care and emergencies. The tall Starsys ECMO cart provides high-density storage that can be staged in or outside of a patient’s room for quick and easy access to items needed to support the patient. Supplies can be stored behind the door of this enclosed cart preventing loss and reducing risk of contamination, but remain visible through the door so that staff can quickly identify what they need. Furthermore, the handle and easy rolling casters provide for quiet and seamless movement in patient care environments. The Starsys ECMO cart enables staff to have a dedicated “situation ready” cart that is prepared and organized ahead of time while remaining ready for instant use. View more on Metro Starsys carts which are made available through Forsyth Healthcare in Canada.

Another excellent example is the Metro Flexline Procedure Cart with Wireless Touchpad. Available in flexible options and designed for YOUR clinic, this WiFi-enabled cart offers Microban antimicrobial product protection and self-closing drawers to accommodate exactly what’s needed for storage and transport. View more on the half-dozen Metro Flexline carts which are made available through Forsyth Healthcare in Canada.

Contact Forsyth Healthcare Canada today to learn more about Metro clinical procedure carts.

*Metro carts ship from Canada, which reduces the cost of shipping.

Why Choose Forsyth Healthcare for Your Clinical Procedure Carts Purchase

We hope that the above comparison between Harloff and Metro has helped you deliberate which brand may provide optimal solutions for your facility. Of course, we know that you have more questions and concerns about shipping, customization, and budgetary considerations. This is where Forsyth Healthcare stands out above the rest when it comes to procurement of essential medical carts. We’re here to take the guesswork and hard work (assembly, etc.) off of your hands so that you can put equipment and supplies to immediate use to the benefit of your staff and patients.

Contact us today for a friendly conversation about your needs.

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