On the surface, most people wouldn’t be too concerned if they were tasked with choosing the best medical computer workstation cart for practice or facility. After all, there doesn’t seem to be a lot to medical computer workstation carts on the surface, especially anything that might be considered even remotely complicated.
The truth is, however, there are many options to consider. These include workspace, ease of use, battery runtimes, and ergonomics. Trio Medical Computing Workstations are one option. Here are three things to consider before deciding which one is best suited for your needs.
The Computer is King
Of all the things to consider when it comes to computing workstations, the computer is tops. The computer that best meets your technical requirements needs to be accommodated in terms of the space it occupies. The keyboard portion isn’t usually a problem since it is supported separately, but the computer itself and the screen need to have a firm base. This is what must first be considered in any quest for a computing workstation.
The whole purpose of a mobile computing workstation is to enter and retrieve patient data at the point of care. Even though a workstation must be ergonomically suited to users, it must also be very reliable and easy to use. Off-the-shelf, consumer-grade computers are not often appropriate in a healthcare setting. Further, most consumer-grade computers are not built to withstand the rigors of a healthcare setting.
Ergonomics for Everyone
What good would a computer be if it wasn’t used in a convenient way to everyone and didn’t keep health and safety in mind? This is a big reason for the need to build ergonomically correct workstations.
Most workstations were located at a nurse’s station or some other strategically convenient place in the past. This was fine as far as it went but presented two problems. First, it didn’t move. As a result, nurses, doctors, and others were constantly going back and forth from the patient to where the station was located to do what needed to be done. Second, it necessitated leaving the patient wherever they were to use the workstation. This isolated the patient from where a healthcare worker was to perform a variety of tasks.
A good workstation will, as a result, be not only movable—as on wheels or other sliders—but also light enough to move wherever it is needed. Then, once it is located where it is required, it should have a method that allows it to be stabilized so it doesn’t move as it is being used.
All Things Considered
Even before all these considerations, it should be obvious that there are many features to be evaluated before purchasing a computer workstation cart. In addition to those listed above, these should include price, weight, and others.
Ideally, there will be multiple voices heard and listened to before making a purchase. However, deciding which cart to purchase all comes down to usability, and in the end, patient service. Carts that are evaluated separately from computers are useless, and vice versa. Choosing a cart that fits not only the needs of a facility or practice but offers flexibility in how it is used should reign supreme in the final analysis.
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