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IV Carts
What are others using for IV carts that would meet JCAHO standards?  We are looking for carts that are able to be locked and would travel easily throughout the hospital.  If someone could recommend manufacturers and approximate cost of carts it would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance, Barb
Susan S

Susan Schuetrumpf, RN, CRNI, VA-BC
Atlanta GA

vera lynne philson
We are using A-smart carts
We are using A-smart carts from Armstrong Medical. They have keyless entry, with 3-3" drawers, 2-6" drawers,1-10" drawer, sharps container & trash can on the side. The carts are about 48" high, 24" square. I think a 36" high cart would be easier to push. Carts allow you to be well stocked, but not as mobile as our baskets were. We keep a travel bagged stocked with bare essentials incase we have to go somewhere in hurry. Each cart cost $900-1000.00. Vera
ladena rhoden
We have used Lionville

We have used Lionville automatic-locking carts at one hospital for about 4 years now and they are holding up pretty well.  They travel easily.  Much more easily than the larger, key-lock Armstrong cart we use for procedures, not-so-fondly referred to as the Beast.

We have a Metro Starsys cart at the other hospital that is also automatic and it is doing well at approx. 18 months. 

 The actual manufacturing of these carts might be from the same source, but I am not sure of that.  We ordered them through PharmMed.

I have requested 1 more at each hospital - 1 to replace the "Beast".

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