In an earlier article, we detailed the importance of crash carts in a medical environment. We discussed what they are, which types of facilities need them, and key criteria for choosing crash carts best suited to your clinic or hospital. You can reference that article here.
What we want to focus on in this post, however, is one brand that stands out among others available on the Canadian market – Metro Lifeline crash carts. What makes Metro’s Lifeline crash carts so special? Let’s review!
Why Medical Facilities Across Canada Turn to Metro Lifeline Crash Carts for Improved Management and Patient Care
Simultaneous Access to Equipment and Meds
In an emergency situation, facilities often require multiple staff members to efficiently retrieve equipment and medications from a mobile storage station. Metro understands that every second counts, which is why their Lifeline crash carts can be customized to provide access points on all sides. Drawers and other compartments positioned around the entirety of the station allow attendants to act independently, accurately, and efficiently during a code.
Ergonomic Considerations for Attending Staff
Hospital and clinic staff face a number of musculoskeletal concerns and overuse injuries to their hands, wrists, arms, shoulders and more as they attend to patient care. How a crash cart is organized and constructed matters, especially during an emergency when staff are moving more urgently and are less concerned about their personal well-being. Metro Lifeline carts are designed with an ergonomic handle and fifth-wheel steering system to ensure seamless mobility and flow from space to space.
Additional high-quality features:
- Oxygen tank bracket is integrated into the cart frame in a position allowing additional exterior accessories to be mounted.
- The Top cavity tray allows immediate access to critical supplies without breaking the seal for the rest of the drawers.
- Cardiac board can be mounted to the front or back of the cart, increasing the amount of available space for other accessories.
- Tip out bins can be used to create extra storage in spaces where there are no other accessories.
Enhanced Control with the Squeeze of a Trigger
The aforementioned ergonomic handle and fifth-wheel steering system are activated by a quickly accessible and identifiable (bright red) trigger that enhances control and maneuverability during a code.
Swinging Defibrillator Arm Assembly
The Metro Lifeline crash cart is designed with a defibrillator arm assembly that swings away from the cart in an instant. This feature allows staff easier access to controls and positioning closer to the patient. The strapless defibrillator platform also adjusts to accommodate different defibrillator models. They can also be easily removed if required.
Locking Mechanism to Secure Compartments and Drawers
Once positioned around the patient, staff must ensure that crash cart components remain accessible. This can be a challenge where there is frequent movement around the patient needing emergency care.
The Metro Lifeline crash cart is designed with a locking mechanism that secures top components and side drawers in the position/s that staff need them to be in. Crash cart components can be secured in segments, or one secure can instantly seal all. The top cavity tray also has its own breakaway seal lock, which allows staff to get into that tray without breaking the main cart seal.
Metro Lifeline crash carts include the accessories that your staff needs to effectively treat patients without delay. The accessories include the following:
- Extendable IV pole
- Oxygen tank storage
- Suction pump shelf
- Lockable sharps container
- Hospital-grade outlet strip
You will find further peace of mind knowing that the premium features above are protected and reinforced by superior construction. Metro Lifeline crash carts come in a variety of construction options which factor into ease of use, overall weight and durability.
Lifeline carts are made from lightweight polymers that are both light (reducing weight and making the cart easier to push), durable (won’t scratch, dent or chip like metal carts), and infection control friendly (smooth surfaces and rounded corners are easier to easier to clean; Microban protection keeps the cart “cleaner between cleanings”). Also, there are three different heights available.
The construction options are structured for budget constraints as well.
Moreover, when you purchase your Metro Lifeline crash carts through Forsyth Healthcare, we ensure that you have the best access to configuration options (cart size, drawers, accessories, casters), and we customize it according to the needs of staff and facility.
“Lifeline; Designed for a Code, Not Adapted for One”
Start customizing your Metro Lifeline crash cart/s today with Forsyth Healthcare.