Medication Carts
Special PP&P Buyer’s Guide:
Medication Carts
Basic Carts
for your facility? The answer to this question can be determined by comparing the features available in the three main
cart categories – basic, automatic-locking, and automated
– against your facility’s needs. Use the following tables to
review the features, benefits, and other product-class details
that can help you determine the type of medication cart that
will work best in your health system.
Typical Features
One bin for each room
the cart services
Easy to maintain
No computerized system
for preventing medication
Locking narcotics drawer
Relatively inexpensive
Supply drawer
Manual locking mechanism
for the entire cart
Automatic-Locking Carts
Typical Features
Electronic locking
Improved medication
control in comparison
to basic carts
No on-board bedside
medication verification
Automatic-locking option
can be set at different
time intervals
Secures user-access with
pass codes, magnetic stripe
or proximity card readers,
or biometric ID mechanisms
User-access audit trails
So-called hybrid carts, which blend the features of a
mobile computing workstation and an automated
medication cart, feature patient-specific medication
drawers, thereby creating the potential for improved workflow efficiency and patient safety.
(It is recommended to use
basic carts in conjunction
with a bedside medication
verification tool to ensure the
“five rights” of medication
Automatic Carts
Typical Features
Increased patient
More expensive than
basic and automaticlocking carts
(in addition to automaticlocking cart features)
On-board computer allows
caregivers to access
patient records and
electronically capture
patient-care information
via the hospital’s wireless
On-board bar code
scanner allows caregivers
to verify “five rights”
Increased accuracy
of patient-care records Can require more
maintenance than
Improved charge
basic and automaticcapture
locking carts
Buyer’s Guide Key
Cart Type
Basic Cart
Automatic-Locking Cart
Automated Cart
nce you have determined the type of cart that fits your needs, review the
specific features offered by each manufacturer as outlined in the following
“Medication Cart Buyer’s Guide.” PP&P’s buyer’s guide highlights some
of the medication carts available today. To request more information on a particular product listed in the guide, circle the corresponding number on PP&P’s free
reader service card (enclosed in every issue).
Hybrid Cart
Armstrong Medical Industries, Inc.
The Aluminum Auto-Locking Cart features lightweight aluminum construction, aluminum mounting tracks, stabilizing frame, and 5-inch swivel casters (two with brakes
and one with tracking). The cart can be manually or automatically locked, and features
an auto-lock timer and a “low battery” indicator light. Users can unlock the cart with
an electronic access code, or use a key for manual overrides in emergencies. This cart
also features SureSeal Drawers. When within approximately 1 inch of being shut, the
SureSeal Drawers close automatically to increase the security of the cart’s contents.
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Armstrong Medical’s aluminum A-SMART Medication Carts feature a plastic
top, soft-grip handles, accessory panels, locking casters, one swivel and one
tracking caster, and a stabilizing frame with a bumper. The PAMS-400 contains 40
medication bins and the PAMS-300-T contains 20. Optional accessories include
waste containers, side shelves, wire chart holders, glove boxes, sharps brackets,
and IV poles.
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Artromick International
Artromick’s Initi Mobile Computing MedServer melds the features of mobile computing
workstations with the security and organization of medication carts. With a compact 18-inchwide footprint, the maneuverable Initi MedServer features configurable, patient-specific
medication drawers with keyless access and automatic relocking capabilities. The Pentium
M computing system features all-in-one or thin-client processing through a vivid 17-inch display in either standard or touch-screen models; motorized height adjustment; and an
extended-life battery.
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The Avalo AC series of carts are available in automatic-locking and automated models.
Choose from 3-, 6, and 10-inch drawers that can be custom-configured, divided, and fitted
with an optional narcotic storage lid. The SlotLock security system secures all partially closed
drawers and bins left open up to 1 inch. An optional magnetic stripe or bar code scanner
may be used as the primary or secondary security requirement to access the cart, and useraccess information can be reviewed on the cart’s LCD or downloaded to a PC. Wireless cart
security control permits remote lock-system management and administration. Accessories
and options include a clear top mat to protect documents and the cart’s work surface, an
internal or external waste receptacle, a cart light, and a slide-out writing surface.
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Artromick International
The Avalo Emergency Cart series features a keyless lock system, a precision-welded tubular steel frame, high-density end panels, a hard surface top, a stability-control system with
spread casters, lightweight drawers, and a variety of optional accessories, including a lidded
trash recepticle, a sharps container, and slide-out writing surfaces. The cart is available in
standard, intermediate, and compact heights.
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InterMetro Industries
Metro’s computer-ready mobile workstations include Starsys cart bodies, 5-inch casters
(two with brakes), large work surfaces, retractable keyboard trays, convenient mouse holders,
electronic locking systems, and 17-inch LCD monitors. The workstations’ power solutions
have battery run times of up to 15 hours, and internal wire-management systems protect
cords from snags and damage. With their configurable designs, the workstations allow users
to make adjustments to suit their medication-use process.
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Metro’s new wireless computerized workstations for point-of-care information exchange
and in-room medication administration are fully integrated and ready to use upon delivery.
They feature longer-lasting nickel metal hydride power solutions, retractable keyboard trays,
convenient mouse holders, and 17-inch LCD monitors. Internal wire-management systems
protect cords from snags and damage.
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Lionville Systems
Available in two models, the iCart point-of-care cart was developed for mobile computing
and bar code medication administration and is available with versatile storage configurations
for one to four tiers of storage or patient drawers. Both models are designed to support a
variety of hardware, including thin or thick client, laptop, and all-in-one computers. Long-life
power solutions are also available.
The iCart combines mobile computing with medication cart security features, including
keyless entry, automated relocking, individual patient drawers, and a patented locking system. iCart options include unobstructed workspace, ergonomic height adjustment, articulating keyboard trays with two-way mouse pads, multi-pivot computer arms with VESA adaptors or four laptop-security tray options, highly maneuverable twin-wheel casters, and a
variety of storage bins, brackets, and other accessories.
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MMI Medication Carts, Inc.
The lightweight Focal series features a locking narcotics box and sharps container, as well as
an optional organizer tray and tilt bin storage system for back-up supplies. Available in three
models, Focal series carts can hold up to 750 punch cards and are configurable using card
row dividers and sub-dividers.
Programmable for up to 250 users and/or supervisors, the Focal EMS (Entry
Management System) cart features programmable automated relocking, a low-battery LED
indicator, and magnetic strip card or proximity card access options. With an audit trail of up
to 1,500 access attempts, the cart also allows users to add, edit, view, and delete
users/supervisors with its Windows-based Lockview software. MMI can integrate the cart with
a mini-CPU, tablet PC, or laptop to enable the use of EMAR and bedside medication verification programs.
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Rubbermaid Medical
Rubbermaid’s eMar carts support a variety of medication-delivery systems in acute and longterm care facilities and assist in point-of-care documentation, medication administration, and
medication delivery. Specific enhancements to the new line of eMar carts include electronic
height adjustment, additional workspace, a digital LCD display, and multiple user-access
codes with audit-tracking capabilities. An open architecture, UL-rated power system enables
hospitals to choose the technology they want and upgrade it in the future.
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S&S MedCart
The Sidekick Mobile Computing Workstation features motorized height adjustment, sturdy
handgrips, a 22-by-16-inch work surface, an extended-power battery, and a rotating keyboard tray. In addition, each patient-specific medication drawer has an individual locking
mechanism, and the workstation can store up to 2000 user-access codes and provide an
audit trail for increased medication control.
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Waterloo Healthcare
The Dual-Sided Medication Cart acts like two carts in one. On each side of the cart is a
combination of large and small drawers and/or cassettes and bins to hold a variety of medications and supplies. This line comes in three stock models or you can configure a cart to
suit your acute or long-term care needs. All carts feature a push handle, extended stabilizer
base, tamper-resistant locks, storage shelves, internal waste receptacle, and a removable,
replaceable ABS plastic top that includes a cup dispenser. Acute care options include
portable lockable cassettes in three sizes that can be outfitted with 3-, 4.5-, or 6-inch patient
bins, or bin drawers that can hold seven 3-inch bins per side. Supply drawers and pill card
boxes round out the requirements for long-term care medication dispensing. All parts of
the cart are latex-free.
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Additional sources for medication carts:
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The Harloff Company, Inc.
Herman Miller for Healthcare
Manrex Limited
Mott Manufacturing Limited
Rx Systems
United Hospital Supply
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