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What to Know About the Multifunctionality of Utility Carts

If you work in the healthcare industry, heavy-duty utility carts are a great way to transport a wide variety of equipment, supplies, and are a safe storage space. Regardless of whether you're moving boxes, retrieving supplies, or getting ready for a shipment to come in, you can make life easier by relying on multifunctional utility carts, but what does multifunctional really mean? Why is it important? And what should operators look for when considering healthcare utility carts?

Transport Supplies Seamlessly From Place to Place

Of course, one of the first ways you can use multifunctional utility carts is to transport supplies and equipment easily from place to place. For example, you may be moving a new shipment of supplies into your central supply room. Using a heavy duty utility cart helps create ease in this transfer. Perhaps you have fragile supplies that need added protection. Heavy-duty utility carts are versatile pieces of equipment that can accommodate all of your transportation needs.

Keep Your Supplies Organized

If you don't keep your supplies organized, you might have a hard time efficiently carrying out your daily operations. Utility carts come with a bunch of helpful compartments that allow you to organize inventory, supplies, and other tools. That way, you make life easier for your employees and workers. They can hang their items on the side, divide items by compartment, and make sure all fragile items have proper protection. You can also save space on storage, as you can keep some items on your utility carts if you use them regularly.

Take Advantage of Customizable Options

Different niches and industries have different needs, so you might want to customize your utility cart depending on your specific line of work. For example, you might want to choose vertical panels that provide added protection or privacy. You can also use shelves that have cantilevered type adjustments that create more space or make your cart easier to transport. If you want to increase the efficiency of your operations, take advantage of a personalized, customized heavy-duty utility cart.

Handle Heavy Loads

Utility carts have been specifically designed to be strong and durable. If you have heavy loads that you need to transport from place to place, you can use a healthcare utility cart to help you. You do not have to worry about purchasing heavy equipment or asking your employees to manually transport heavy loads from place to place. This can significantly reduce the chances of your employees getting hurt, and you can provide your equipment with the protection it requires. If you need to transport heavy loads from place to place quickly and safely, multifunctional utility carts are the way to go.

Take Advantage of Healthcare Utility Carts from Lakeside

If you work in the healthcare field, you understand the importance of having heavy-duty utility carts you can use regularly. Because your utility carts can serve more than one purpose, you can reduce the equipment required by using this valuable piece of equipment to fulfill multiple roles. Furthermore, you can take advantage of added storage space while making life easier for your staff. If you want to get the most out of your utility carts, count on Lakeside to help you.

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How does Central Supply Functionality Affect Patient Experience

It is well known that the healthcare field has been experiencing some challenges lately, but this does not mean that patients expect less of an experience during their time at your healthcare facility. While the labor shortage is still greatly affecting this industry, there are ways to help continue providing premium experiences to patients.

One of the best ways to provide patients with the best experience is ensuring your facility prioritizes organization. Making sure your central supplies are organized is key. Here are some solutions for creating a more organized central supply.

Bin Carts:

These carts are ideal for storing various supplies in different compartments. Having labels on these bins helps to improve organization, but also considering color-coding bins for different types of supplies is also a great way to shorten the time it takes staff to find the supplies needed for their patient. Organized bin carts allow providers to spend more time helping the patient, and less time in the supply room.

Distribution Supply Carts:

Having an organized central supply is very important, but it is also important to have a way to transport supplies and equipment out of that space so that they can easily be brought to other areas in the facility. Distribution supply carts do just that and provide ease in transport ensuring supplies stay secure and in place during transport.

Medical Storage Systems: 

Whether it's an enclosed cabinet, or a cabinet with glass doors and shelving, lockable storage is very important in central supply. Certain supplies and medications need to be locked into a secure space. Having various storage systems for different needs is very important to keeping organization a priority, and Lakeside offers a wide variety of cabinets that not only provide functionality, but also mobility.

Organization in central supply has positive impacts on both healthcare providers and patients. When supplies are organized, it is easier for providers to find exactly what they need to ensure a timely turnaround back to their patient. Explore more of Lakeside's central supply carts here! 


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What Utility Cart is Best for Your Healthcare Facility?

What Utility Cart is Best for Your Healthcare Facility?

When trying to determine which utility cart is best for your healthcare facility, there are a few simple guidelines that can help make the decision easier. At clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities, it's important to determine the "W's" that will lead you to the right choice, so let's walk through those basics now and then we'll provide you with a great tool to help you select the best utility cart for your healthcare facility.


This is the most basic and most obvious question you'll need to answer. What are you moving from one place to another, and how much do the items you're transporting weigh? The reality is this will impact your utility cart choice in two distinct and important ways. First, the more weight you'll move, the heavier duty a cart will need to be. Our carts are built with different levels of durability so that they can withstand different levels of usage. Moving 500 pounds of equipment and supplies on a cart designed to transport 250 pounds can be a major safety hazard, and your cart will not last. Second, the shape of the items you're planning to move will impact the shelving requirements on the cart.


Casters will play a key role in a utility cart's capabilities. The main question to ask is:  "what types of surfaces will my utility cart travel on" in your healthcare facility. If the answer is smooth and even inside surfaces, like hallways or patient rooms, the caster requirements will be different compared to uneven surfaces you may encounter if you intend to use a cart for transport across your facility. In that case, your cart will go over various types of floor surfaces, some smooth and some that are rough and uneven and may cause more movement to a cart.


This is a question operators may not think about. The fact is when utility carts are designed and manufactured here at Lakeside, we create carts designed for varying levels of usage. Incurring the expense of a cart designed to be used 20 hours per day isn't cost-effective for an operation that only needs to use the cart during a single, 12 hour shift. Likewise, a cart designed for minimal usage will not cut it for higher-demand operations. How long you plan to use the cart each day plays a big role.

So which cart is right for you?

Answering that question correctly includes cross-referencing the items above to hit an option that fits your best overall needs and challenges. Lakeside has a full range of utility cart offerings. To help you find the cart that is just right, we have put together a comprehensive utility cart load capacity calculator that walks you though step by step to find the right load capacity you need. Once you know your load capacity, this process is narrowed down even more. Click the button below to take our Utility Cart Load Capacity Calculator.

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Why are Ergonomics Important in Healthcare?

When you walk into a healthcare facility, you will be sure to see healthcare workers quickly moving from one task to the next. With the fast pace environment of healthcare facilities, often involving long shifts, it is crucial to understand the ergonomic stressors that staff may experience. Understanding these stressors will allow you to be proactive in preventing injuries, specifically Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), for staff members.

Healthcare workers are an essential component to providing for patients, but with this, they are exposed to different ergonomic stressors. Many of the daily tasks within healthcare create awkward postures and positions that can lead to injuries for staff. According to OSHA, "Work-related MSDs can be prevented. Ergonomics, fitting a job to a person, helps lessen muscle fatigue, increases productivity and reduces the number and severity of work-related MSDs."

It is essential to provide equipment that helps eliminate some of the ergonomic stressors healthcare workers experience. What should you be looking for in your equipment to help reduce the ergonomic stressors placed on your staff? Here are some components that help reduce work related injuries for healthcare workers.

Easy Maneuvering with All-Swivel Casters:

Medical carts that are being used to push and pull loads need to be able to smoothly move and roll with ease. This factor is key to providing easy transportation of equipment and supplies and continuous hauling of both heavy and light loads. These casters also allow for easy maneuverability over uneven floors, creating ease for staff. All-swivel casters help reduce the level of effort needed to push a cart, which then puts less stress on the operator who now has less strain on their body. While it may seem like a small thing to use a little bit of extra effort to push a cart, over time, this repetitive action may lead to injuries.

Safe Zone Shelving for Repetitive Loading and Unloading:

Bending down and back up multiple times can be straining. Healthcare workers are often bending down to gather supplies, but having safe zone shelving can help reduce these risks. The level of these shelves are designed for staff who are continuously loading and unloading, keeping ergonomics in mind to limit the possibility for injury. Safe Zone shelf heights are designed to improve accessibility and decrease strain on the user. Lakeside's Ergo-One series has a bottom shelf that is further from the ground which helps significantly in reducing the level of bending effort required by the user.

Ergonomic Handles:

Having an ergonomic handle for a natural grip is yet another important aspect in reducing work-related injuries. This handle helps the operator to keep control over the cart. This is very important as a uncontrollable cart that makes unpredictable turns poses many risks to the operator. Lakeside developed an angled handle that allows for a comfortable grip to reduce strain on the user.


Healthcare workers are exposed to a variety of ergonomic risks that can lead to injury from the equipment they use to the patients they are helping. Using equipment that is designed to help reduce ergonomic risks is one of the many ways healthcare facilities can provide their staff with less ergonomic strain, which overall provides a better work environment for their employees.

Lakeside offers a wide selection of ergonomically engineered medical carts designed to help reduce the ergonomic stressors healthcare workers experience. Learn more about our ergonomically engineered carts and see the difference they can make at your facility.

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Improving Employee Morale at Your Healthcare Facility

Improving Employee Morale at Your Healthcare Facility

It is well known that the healthcare field has been experiencing low levels of employee retention. While there are less employees coming in to work each day, the same amount of patients are still expecting a high quality of care in a timely manner. With less employees and the same patient demands, healthcare workers are put in a tough position.

Employee morale is a great concern for every healthcare facility today as employees are working overtime multiple days a week, often days in a row, causing them to have little to no time for rest. As healthcare workers have experienced staffing shortages for a while now, the effects are starting to be extremely noticeable.

So the question is, how can you help improve employee morale for your team? According to the CDC, "Workplace health programs can improve morale and organization reputation." Here are a few areas to consider in workplace health programs that not only focus on physical well-being, but mental well-being as well.

Supporting Employee Mental Health:

This aspect of our health affects so many areas of our life, including our energy and drive while at work. Actions speak louder than words, so consider showing employees that you value their mental health rather than just stating that you do. Consider offering mental health PTO days giving your team members an opportunity to care for themselves.

Streamlining Communication:

Creating open communication amongst your team is a great way to increase employee morale as they feel knowledgeable and aware of what is happening amongst the team and at the facility. This also leads to less confusion and uncertainty down the road. An easy way to alleviate stress is communicating ahead of time. While this is not always an option in healthcare as uncertain events are bound to happen, where you are able to offer this, make sure you to offer that open line of communication. When your team knows they can always come to you, this can help reduce stress and improve your teams' morale.

Employee Recognition:

Consider creating an employee recognition program where team members can submit the name of someone who is doing an outstanding job with patients, working well with the team, or in other areas. Then take time to celebrate that person's efforts and contributions to your healthcare facility in front of your team. Recognition is a huge motivator from humans.

Investing in Employee Physical Health:

While employee mental health is crucial to focus on in healthcare, it is also important to ensure your teams' physical health is being prioritized. Your team is on their feet most of the day, moving equipment around to provide care for patients. Using equipment that is designed to reduce injuries is a great way to showcase the importance you place on physical health.

Lakeside offers a selection of Ergonomically Engineered Carts that are built to provide safety, durability, and comfort for your staff. The design of these carts provide ease for daily activities are your healthcare facility and are an investment your team will be sure to thank you for.

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Everything You Need to Know About Crash Carts

Crash carts are used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities where there may be a sudden medical emergency. They carry essential medical supplies that are used to save lives and designed to get these supplies where they need to be and distribute them as efficiently as possible. Most crash carts feature a similar design which allows staff to recognize the cart and know exactly where the supplies they need t are located. Crash carts play a crucial role in healthcare facilities all over the world, here’s some of the blogs from 2021 that highlight this lifesaving piece of equipment:

1. Crash Course on Crash Carts

Crash carts are super useful for medical professionals that must deal with sudden health declines, because they contain all the supplies needed to treat patients in these situations. Most crash carts are very similar in design and contents so that staff are confident that they have everything that they need in a common place. In general working in healthcare is extremely stressful, but crash carts help take some of that stress away when it comes to gathering supplies. This allows the workers to focus their energy on the patient and treat them immediately without having to worry about having the right supplies and equipment.

Read the full blog here. 

2. Classic Crash Carts: The Solution for Health Emergencies

Out of all our crash carts, the classic line is a favorite among our customers. The classic line has four different size options available, allowing your facility to get exactly what it needs. Although they differ in size, all the Classic Crash Carts share some great features including breakaway locks, twin ergonomic push handles, 5” sealed bearing, non-marking casters, and different options for the finish and color. In addition to the features that come standard with these crash carts, there are three different accessory packages to round out your cart!

Read the full blog here. 

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The Best of Utility Carts

Utility carts are used in many different industries to transport equipment and supplies around facilities, and they are especially useful in hospitals. Although utility carts may seem like they are all similar, there are many different styles and models that can be utilized in healthcare facilities. Utility carts are used primarily for transporting supplies but can come in handy in other ways as well, such as doubling as a work surface or storage space. Here are the healthcare blogs from 2020 that highlight the importance of utility carts in hospitals:

1. Getting By with a Small Budget: How to Use One Cart in Multiple Ways

One of the first products manufactured by Lakeside was the 311 Utility Cart. Today, it is still a staple of our products and a favorite among our customers for good reasons. The 311 can be used to store and transport supplies of up to 300lbs. at a time, and its solid stainless steel construction ensures that it will last for many years. The 311 also comes in very handy for extra work surface or prep areas in healthcare facilities that do not have a lot of extra space.

Read the full blog here. 

2. Saving Space at Your Healthcare Facility 

Healthcare facilities come in many different sizes, but one thing most facilities can agree on is the need for more space. Being able to spread out supplies and equipment helps everything stay neat and organized, but as hospitals get filled up with supplies and staff, space starts to run out. Since renovation and construction of new spaces can be extremely expensive and take a long time, the best way to gain space is to use what you have more efficiently. There are many versatile Lakeside products that can help your facility utilize its space more effectively, including our innovative utility carts!

Read the full blog here. 

3. Best Equipment for Pharma and Medical Clean Rooms

Cleanrooms are specialized rooms designed to ensure that there are minimal contaminants in the air and on the equipment. These rooms are used in various industries including multiple medical fields such as pharmaceuticals. Due to the extreme cleanliness standards, most equipment must be designed to be very easy to sanitize and remain so for extended periods of time. Stainless steel is one of the best materials for easy cleaning protocols and has some innate properties which allow it to remain clean. Lakeside uses stainless steel to manufacture many different types of equipment, but stainless steel utility carts can be very useful for storage and transporting supplies around cleanrooms.

Read the full blog here. 

4. The Top 5 Equipment Essentials for Vaccination Stations

When the COVID pandemic first emerged, many healthcare facilities had to rush to find solutions to treat patients with the highly infectious virus. Now that there are multiple vaccines for COVID, facilities are finding innovative ways to administer the vaccine to patients. To set up vaccination stations capable of vaccinating as many people as possible efficiently, some good quality equipment is necessary. Lakeside has various products that can be used to help set up vaccination stations including many different types of utility carts, some of which can even be used on uneven and rough surfaces for outdoors vaccination tents.

Read the full blog here.  

5. The Right Cart for the Right Job: Your Durability Index Guide

Utility carts are crucial for hospitals to transport supplies around their facilities. Utility carts can vary in size and strength, which is why Lakeside categorizes them using a durability index. The durability index takes a few different factors into account including capacity, ideal working environment and tasks, ideal floor surfaces to be used on, and ideal daily usage amount. The three main categories of utility carts are standard duty, medium duty, and heavy duty, and some carts go above these classes with extremely high capacities.

Read the full blog here.  

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Essential Case Cart Reads

Case Carts are used in hospitals to transport supplies across the facility. The main area where they are used is in transporting surgical instruments and supplies to and from the OR. Although it seems like their main function may be basic, case carts are extremely important in making sure that a hospital runs smoothly and efficiently. They save staff tons of hassle and stress and provide a simple way to transport these crucial surgical packs to the areas where they are needed. Here are some of the blogs from 2021 that highlight case carts!

1. Shelving Options: What's Best When It Comes to Case Carts?

You may think that case carts are standard across the board, but there’s many factors that set them apart from each other. One large differentiator between closed case carts is the type of shelving that is used inside of them. Lakeside Manufacturing offers the choice of stainless steel, perforated stainless steel, or wire racks for the shelving on closed case carts. All these shelving options have their own benefits.

Read the full blog here

2. Best Equipment for Pharma and Medical Clean Rooms

Cleanrooms are used in many different industries including Pharmaceutical and Healthcare. These special rooms have extreme requirements for air quality and cleanliness, which means that the equipment used in these rooms must be on par with their standards. Lakeside manufactures various types of equipment that meet the regulatory standards and add value in these environments, including our closed case carts. In addition to our standard products, Lakeside Custom Solutions can engineer the perfect equipment to ensure the cleanliness in cleanrooms.

Read the full blog here. 

3. How to Save Space in your Hospital

Something that a lot of hospitals have in common is the need or desire for more space. However, it’s extremely expensive to renovate a healthcare facility, and any delays to providing care for patients will add up quickly. Rather than renovate, hospitals should look to use the space they already have more efficiently. One way to utilize space better is to invest in versatile equipment like Lakeside’s case carts, which can be used in multiple ways and come in various sizes.

Read the full blog here. 

4. Are You Missing These Essential Elements in Your Case Cart?

No hospital is the same as another, so why should they have the same equipment? Case carts come standard with many different features, but do your case carts have all the essentials? In this blog, we explore the different features of Lakeside’s case carts and how they make a classic design last in today’s healthcare environment. Case carts are very important to ensure that hospitals run smoothly, so you should make sure that you make the most of these valuable carts.

Read the full blog here. 

5. Open or Closed Case Carts - What's Best for Your Facility?

The two main types of case carts are open style and closed style. Both types of case carts have their own benefits and can add value to a healthcare facility in different ways. Closed case carts provide an extra level of security for the surgical supplies that they transport, while open case carts provide extra visibility while moving supplies from one area to another. In this blog, we break down the various benefits to help you decide which type of case cart will be the most valuable for you.

Read the full blog here.


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Essentials of Procedure and Supply Carts

2021 was a difficult year for hospitals and healthcare facilities. They had to try their best to get back to normal and continue with scheduled meetings and operations, while still dealing with the COVID pandemic. Throughout the year there were ups and downs, but one thing that flourished in the chaotic environment was versatile healthcare equipment. Good equipment in the healthcare industry saves time, money, and hassle for healthcare workers who have already been put under immense stress from the pandemic. Here are the highlights of out healthcare blogs which feature procedure and supply carts!

1. How much can upgraded equipment really improve a facility?

Replacing or upgrading the equipment in a healthcare facility is a large task to take on. Many hospitals avoid upgrading because they don’t see immediate issues with the equipment they are using. Even if the older equipment that they have is still functional, upgrading to newer, more versatile equipment could improve the workflow and overall efficiency of the facility immediately upon its implementation. The Lakeside Preferred Medical Carts are an innovative product that can improve staff efficiency and will lead to time and money savings in the long run.

Read the full blog here.

2. Specialization in Medical Organizations

Healthcare facilities have a huge number of things to keep in order from managing supplies to maintaining patient meeting times. Because of this, a common issue in hospitals in organization. There are many ways to improve the organization in healthcare facilities and one simple way to do so is by implementing Preciso Medical and Logistics Carts into your facility. The Preciso cart system is designed with organization and efficiency in the top of mind and can improve the way that a facility works.

Read the full blog here. 

3. The Gold Standard of Care: Preciso

In order for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to run smoothly, they need to have the right equipment that allows them to function at peak efficiency. This is exactly what the Preciso line is designed to do; improve efficiency and save time for your staff. The Preciso system is more than just medical and logistics carts, it’s a hospital-wide lean replenishment system designed to improve efficiency and productivity.

Read the full blog here. 

4. The Top Equipment Essentials for Vaccination Stations

To combat the spread of COVID-19, many hospitals had to set up vaccination stations in order to administer vaccines to the public in a timely and organized manner. There were many equipment needs to ensure that these stations were disinfected, organized, and efficient. One piece of equipment that came in very handy for these facilities is PPE Storage Carts. With the increased awareness about the importance of PPE, facilities needed to be able to store large amounts of it and have it in the areas that needed it most, one of which is vaccination stations.

Read the full blog here. 

5. Anatomy of an Anesthesia Cart: Top Doctor-Requested Features

Anesthesia is a crucial part of good healthcare, and in many instances, hospitals don’t have an abundance of time to gather all the necessary supplies to use anesthesia for a patient. This is why anesthesia carts are so important for healthcare facilities to have ready to go with all of the supplies. There are a lot of different types of anesthesia carts on the market, so how do you know which cart is right for your facility?

Read the full blog here. 

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Open or Closed Case Carts: What is Best for your Facility?

Enclosed carts provide security, both for sterile and contaminated contaminated contents, while open frame models offer reduced weight and greater visibility.

Case carts play an extremely important role in the workflow of healthcare facilities everywhere. They are primarily used to transport surgical instruments to and from the OR in hospitals, but they can add value in various other ways depending on the model implemented in your facility. On the market, there are many different types of case carts available, but the two primary options to choose from are an open or closed style. What are the differences between these styles and what will be more useful for your facility?

Open Case Carts:

Open case carts are designed with easy access to surgical instruments and supplies in mind. Lakeside Manufacturing designs open case carts in a variety of sizes, ranging from small at 38 ½” x 28 ¾” x 38 ½” (WxLxH) to extra large at 52 ½” x 27 ½” x 61 ½” (WxLxH). The small sizes can accommodate up to 5 shelves, while the extra large can fit up to 9. The medium and large sizes fit in between, and the best option for size really depends on your facility’s needs. If you find staff frequently making trips between central supply and the OR, then the large or extra large may be a better option, but if you don’t transport supplies as often, or not in large quantities, then the small or medium size could fit better in your facility.

When it comes to shelving, Lakeside Manufacturing offers a few different options. First, all our Open Case Carts have highly configurable shelving options so that you can ensure your cart will be able to store and transport the right amount of supplies for your facility. We offer three different types of shelving to choose from for these carts: stainless steel, stainless steel with dividers, and wire shelves. Depending on what you are looking to get out of your case carts, all of these are good options. Stainless steel is a great choice if you want sturdy shelving that can support heavy loads. The stainless steel with dividers adds easy organization of supplies and surgical instruments. The wire shelving is a more lightweight option that still has plenty of strength and durability to hold supplies. Additionally, many of our carts use a combination of the shelving options for added versatility.

Open case carts are a great option for hospitals and other healthcare facilities with an OR. Open case carts are much lighter than closed case carts, which makes them easier to maneuver around a facility to and from the OR. The open design also allows for added visibility which can be helpful for some staff that struggle transporting the heavier closed case carts. The open design also makes it very clear where all the supplies are and allows for very quick unloading of surgical instrument packs.

Closed Case Carts:

Closed case carts are designed with maximum protection of the contents in mind. Surgical instruments must be kept in a way that ensures they are sanitized and ready to go when an operation is needed. Case carts are the perfect solution for ensuring clean surgical instruments won’t be contaminated on their way to the OR, and closed case carts add an extra level of protection for the supplies compared to the open style. Lakeside Manufacturing has various sizes and styles of closed case carts that are offered standard. These styles include one-door and two-door designs, and either come in 39” or 54” heights.

Lakeside’s closed case carts are available with three different shelving options, that all have their various benefits. The stainless steel shelves are a staple in our case carts with top-of-the-line strength and durability, as well as easy sanitation practices. Another option is the perforated stainless steel shelf, which has the added benefit of extra airflow inside the carts, making them dry faster as well as preventing the settling of dust and debris inside the carts even if they are in storage for periods of time. Lastly, the wire shelves are another option that allows for the most possible airflow and prevents the settling of dust even more while still having the strength and durability needed to transport surgical instruments to and from the OR.

Although they may be heavier than the open style, Lakeside’s closed case carts are still highly maneuverable in a healthcare facility and add versatility. The closed case carts design allows for the top to be used as added workspace in the OR, or in central supply where they will be loaded. The closed style also adds extra protection against contamination for the supplies and surgical instruments during transportation to the OR, ensuring that they are ready to be used in an operation. This extra protection also works in the reverse way, by ensuring that surgical instruments that have been used and contaminated won’t spread their germs and bacteria to any other areas of the hospital. Additionally, If these carts are going to be moved throughout any areas of the facility where there may be curious patients, the closed design will ensure that they won’t see any bloodies supplies, which is always a good idea to not turn patients off from the facility.

Case carts are extremely important to maintain the workflow and improve efficiency in healthcare facilities with an operating room. There are many different options available, which is why Lakeside will work with you to ensure that you get the perfect solutions for your facility! Even if none of our standard case carts are the right fit for your hospital, then we will work together to custom design and build a solution that will add the most value for your facility! Get in touch with us, and let’s talk case carts!