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

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

Selecting the Right Utility Cart Using the Durability Index

Utility carts play an essential role in the daily routines of all major healthcare facilities. They are used to store and transport supplies and can add value to many different departments within a hospital. However, when it comes to purchasing a new utility cart for your facility, there is an overwhelming amount of options to pick from. How do you know that you’re getting the right cart for the job?

There are so many different types of utility carts to choose from because they can be used for many different applications and in many different ways. When it comes to purchasing new utility carts, it’s important to know exactly what you want to use the cart for and how much you want the cart to be able to hold at once. Lakeside Manufacturing understands that choosing the right utility cart is no easy task, which is why we created our durability index to simplify the purchasing process and ensure that you get the perfect cart for the job.

The durability index for our utility carts has three different tiers that rank the carts into categories based on their capacities, ideal working environments and tasks, ideal floor surfaces to be used on, and ideal daily usage amount. Let’s take a closer look at the different tiers for utility carts in our durability index.

Tier 1: Standard Duty

The standard duty utility carts are the most common carts that are probably similar to what you have in your facility today. These carts are great for carrying out daily tasks and transporting supplies to where they are needed. Our standard duty carts have a carrying capacity of 300 lbs. making them ideal for transporting light loads and use in clinical environments. These carts are built on casters that perform best on smooth surfaces like smooth vinyl, vinyl tile floor, and smooth indoor concrete. Additionally, the standard duty utility carts are recommended for a maximum of 3 hours of use per day to ensure their integrity lasts for a long time. Standard duty utility carts are typically constructed with 22-guage stainless steel shelves and 20-guage stainless steel legs for a solid level of strength and durability. Some examples of our standard duty utility carts include:

311 Utility Cart: The 311 is Lakeside’s timeless product that has been utilized by facilities for decades. This classic no-frills cart is designed to satisfy all of your basic needs for a utility cart, while ensuring the quality that will last for years.

Standard Duty Plastic Utility Carts: If the 311 model made with stainless steel isn’t right for your facility, a standard duty plastic utility cart might suit your needs better. Our plastic utility carts have all the basic features that you need while also having solid strength and durability.

Tier 2: Medium Duty

The medium duty utility carts are the next step up from standard duty and can handle a bit more usage and heavier loads. Medium duty carts works especially well in clinical, central supply, distribution, and storage applications and are perfect for transporting moderate loads. The medium duty carts have a carrying capacity of 500 lbs. and move around best on smooth vinyl, ceramic tile floors, and smooth indoor concrete. Medium duty utility carts are built with stronger materials and designed to last meaning that the ideal daily usage amount is around 4-9 hours per day. These carts are constructed using 20-guage stainless steel shelves and 16-guage stainless steel legs. Some examples of Lakeside’s medium duty utility carts include:

411 Utility Cart: The 411 utility cart is the larger version of the 311, with extra carrying capacity and all of the same great standard features. This stainless steel cart is sure to satisfy all of your basic needs for a utility cart.

479 Tubular Frame Stainless Steel Utility Cart: The Tubular Frame Utility Cart is also constructed with stainless steel to ensure strength, durability, and cleanability. This model features dual handles to allow for pushing from either side which can be especially helpful in narrow spaces where it may be tough to turn the cart completely around. The tubular frame design also adds structural strength to the cart and allows for its 500lb. carrying capacity.

Contemporary Design Plastic Utility Carts: If stainless steel isn’t the right fit for your facility, then the 2512 Contemporary Design Plastic Utility Cart may be the perfect solution for you. With a clean, modern design and dual handles this cart is easy to maneuver and the stain and odor resistant plastic material is easy to sanitize after the cart has been used.

Tier 3: Heavy Duty

Heavy duty utility carts are the top of the pyramid of our durability index as they are built with heavy loads and top-tier durability in mind. Heavy duty utility carts are the best solution for receiving goods, and transporting heavy loads with a carrying capacity of 700 lbs. Our heavy duty carts can perform well wherever you’re facility may need them including on vinyl and tile floors, carpet, indoor concrete, and even rough surfaces. The heavy duty utility carts are built using 18-guage stainless steel shelves and 1/8” thick stainless steel legs which ensure the best strength and durability in it’s tier. The strong materials and design allows these carts to be used up to  9-12 hours every day while ensuring that they remain in their peak shape. Some examples of our heavy duty utility carts include:

Angle “U”-Frame Stainless Steel Utility Carts: This heavy duty utility cart is designed to cover any of your supply transportation or storage needs. The U-shaped frame design provides superior structural strength for large loads up to 700lbs. while the larger 8” front casters allow the cart to transition over uneven surfaces with ease.

Heavy Duty Narrow Width Cart: If you need a utility cart with top-tier strength but is still able to be used in tight spaces, then a Heavy Duty Narrow Width Cart is the solution for you. The U-shaped frame also gives this model excellent strength and the extended handle and narrower profile make this a very maneuverable cart, even in tight spaces.

In addition to our 3 tiers of products in the durability index, Lakeside also manufactures numerous products with weight capacities of 1,000 lbs. and even 1,500 lbs. Get in touch with us with any questions about our utility carts and the durability index, and lets find the solution for your facility’s utility cart needs!

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The Top 5 Equipment Essentials for Vaccination Stations

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Top 5 Vaccination Station Equipment Essentials

Vaccines have been a big talking point in the news recently, as there is still a large push to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, there has been talk about a potential third dose of vaccines for those who have already received the first two shots.

Regardless of if the third booster shot comes to fruition or not, hospitals need to continue to be prepared with the right essential equipment to administer vaccines to the public.

Top 5 Equipment Essentials

PPE Storage Carts

Every hospital and healthcare facility, especially those which are planning continued administration of vaccines, need to be prepared with proper PPE for staff and visitors. With a large supply of PPE, your facility has to have a plan to be able to effectively store and transport the PPE without risking contamination or getting unorganized and losing supplies.

PPE Storage Carts from Lakeside are the perfect solution for both storing and transporting PPE all around a facility, so your staff can focus more on the patient and not worry about having the right supplies to treat them. These carts are available in a range of sizes from compact to standard size to high-volume, all with various benefits.

Utility Carts

Utility carts are a staple in all healthcare facilities and are extremely useful in the vaccine administration process. Every facility needs a well-built cart that can be used for various applications and transport equipment and supplies throughout their building with ease. Lakeside’s utility carts are built to fulfil this need for hospitals around the world. The 311 is our classic cart that has been a customer favorite since Lakeside was founded.

The stainless steel construction makes it super durable and gives it top-notch strength as well as ensuring that the cart is easy to disinfect and sanitize after use. Another great solution if the 311 isn’t right for your needs is the Plastic Utility Cart.

Our plastic utility cart has a capacity of 300 lbs. so that it can transport heavy loads of supplies and devices that will be needed to vaccinate your visitors, while being slightly less heavy than the stainless steel alternative. This makes our plastic utility carts easy to maneuver around a facility for any staff member. Additionally, all of our utility carts are the perfect piece of equipment to fasten a sharps container to for needle disposal, which bring us to the next essential for vaccination stations.

Universal Sharps Container Bracket

Every vaccine that is given out through a needle and syringe leave you with a contaminated supply that must be disposed of. This is where a sharps container comes into play where you can deposit needles that have already been used to inject a patient with a vaccine or other types of medication.

Our Universal Sharps Container Bracket is designed to work with any type of sharps container with adjustable 36” nylon straps and a Velcro fastener to secure your contaminated needles. The bracket is perfect for attaching a container to a mobile piece of equipment such as a utility cart so that you can bring your vaccination station with you wherever it is needed in a facility.

Cold Storage Hyperthermia Cart

Like many other vaccines, many of the COVID-19 vaccines are required to be stored at low temperatures to ensure their integrity and effectiveness. This can be a hard thing to do, but the cold storage hyperthermia cart makes it easy with an integrated refrigerator with easy to use touch controls already built in. The cart also comes equipped with a vented back and built in power cord and power control in order to allow your staff to focus on the most important thing: the patient.

This cart also has vertical push handles to facilitate the transport of vaccines around a facility as well as a removable plastic top which allows for extra work surface and simple sanitization after use.

Instrument Tables and Utility Stands

Another thing that a great vaccination station needs is ample work surface area. If you need a lot of extra work area and somewhere to keep your supplies, an Instrument Table with an undershelf is the answer for you. These tables provide extra work and storage area and are built on sturdy casters allowing you to place or easily move the table to a different location.

These tables are also part of our rapid response quick-ship products meaning that we will get you them in little time, allowing you to start benefitting immediately. The tables also come in different sizes so that you can get the perfect fit for your facility.

If you don’t need as much work surface and want a smaller solution that also has extra storage space, then the compact utility stand is the solution you are looking for.

With a capacity of 300 lbs. this equipment stand can still carry and store a large amount of supplies, devices, or equipment that you will need in the vaccination process. The stainless steel material allows for durability and cleanability while still providing great strength. With two shelves and a top shelf with available locking options, you can be sure to store all valuables and supplies in this compact but strong multi-functional piece of equipment.

Vaccines are an essential part of healthcare, which is why Lakeside wants to help provide our hospitals with the essential equipment that they need to seamlessly vaccinate their patients.

Get in touch with us, and let us know how we can improve your vaccination stations!

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The Gold Standard of Care: Preciso

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Hospitals are a pivotal part of our society and we rely on them to provide care and advice when we need it most.

In order for hospitals to run smoothly, they need to have the right equipment to function at peak efficiency. One of the key components of any hospitals’ equipment is the standardized cart system which has a large impact on the overall efficiency of the facility.

Being able to keep supplies, medications, and other essentials organized is key to improving a hospital’s productivity, and it’s all made easy with the France Hopital and Lakeside collaboration.

The Preciso line is more than just carts, it’s a hospital-wide lean replenishment system designed to improve productivity and efficiency.

But what exactly makes the Preciso line superior to other standardized cart systems?

What puts Preciso a step ahead?

The most innovative feature of the Preciso system is the completely removable and interchangeable storage components. Being able to remove the drawers out of a cart and immediately replace it with another stocked drawer saves loads of time and allows your staff to perform their tasks more effectively. The carts can be configured to work with drawers, trays, doors, and bins that can all be switched out for each other with ease, making sure that you have the right supplies for the job with you, whatever the job may be in the facility.

How does it work?

There are many different models of Preciso Medical Carts, but the best way to keep them all organized and ready to transport to their destination is by using the Logistics Supply Carts. The logistics carts are made to be placed in a central storage location that your staff can then go to in order to refill and stock the smaller, easy to maneuver, medical carts. The logistics carts are large supply storage carts that accommodate all different types of drawers, trays, and bins where you can store large amounts of supplies. Instead of having to completely restock all of the medical carts, an already stocked tray can simply be switched over from the logistics carts to the medical carts which can then be immediately transported to a patient room or other destination.

This system supports lean principles and efficient operations and saves your staff tons of time and hassle that would be spent individually restocking each cart. The Preciso system allows your staff to focus on the most important thing in the hospital: the patients.

What other features do Preciso Carts have?

Preciso medical carts are built to last using a plastic-aluminum hybrid construction with the back and side walls being reinforced with aluminum and polyethylene for added durability. The top and base are made with molded ABS plastic that allows for easy sanitization after use with patients.

Push and Go Drawers

The Preciso carts come equipped with heavy-duty, full extension push and go drawers that help save time and won’t get stuck open or closed. The drawers also come with a front handle for easy access, as well as a label holder and color I.D. tag for clear identification of the contents.

Extendable Side Shelf

Work surface area can be limited in some rooms of the hospital, which is why the Preciso Medical Carts come standard with a convenient extendable side shelf.

Dual Wheel Casters

These carts are built on top of 5” non-marking anti-thread casters which make moving the cart around to various locations in your facility simple for the staff. There are brakes on two of the casters to ensure the cart stays in its location when necessary.

Lock options available

Preciso medical carts also come with various locking methods available. If you have valuable supplies or medications that need to be secured, you have the option for either a key lock or push button locking system for extra security.

Modern Design

The entire line of Preciso carts is designed to fit right in with any hospital’s design scheme, with multiple color options available, and an attractive modern design, these carts take your equipment to a whole new level.

The equipment that is used in hospitals is more important than many believe. With the right equipment solutions, hospital staff can save loads of time and effort that is sometime spent on the wrong tasks, especially when it comes to standardized cart systems that healthcare facilities rely on to transport their supplies around.

The Preciso line of carts is designed with lean principles in the front of mind and will save your staff plenty of unnecessary trips to the central supply hub, boosting productivity and allowing you to focus on your patients.

For a better visual on how the Preciso System really works, check out this video that shows off some of the great innovative features of the carts. Get in touch with us for more information about the Preciso system and how it can improve your hospital’s workflow!

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Medical Equipment Cleaning Guide

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Cleaning and sanitization is extremely important in order to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria within hospitals and other facilities.

Healthcare-associated infections, or "HAIs" are a serious threat in the industry for doctors, nurses, patients, and other healthcare workers expose themselves to this danger everyday. The best way to prevent HAIs is through sound sanitization protocols and cleaning methods.

Proper disinfection is also very crucial in ambulatory care and home settings, which are becoming a more common type of treatment especially since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Many patients who are cared for in this type of setting are immunocompromised or have communicable diseases meaning that sanitization is very important. The home setting is generally much safer than the hospitals because there are not as many patients in the same area, meaning that there are not as many transmittable diseases either. However, it is still crucial to keep any area disinfected where care is given to protect everyone in the setting.

According the CDC, surfaces are considered noncritical items because they usually only come into contact with intact skin, meaning that they’re typically not an immediate threat for causing infections.

However, surfaces are further broken into housekeeping surfaces and medical equipment surfaces, which have similar recommended protocols and disinfectant agents, but vary in the frequency in which they should be cleaned.

There are several reasons why you should use a disinfectant on noncritical surfaces, five of which are highlighted by the CDC:

  1. Hospital floors become contaminated by microorganisms from airborne bacteria, contact with dirty shoes, wheels and other equipment. In order to properly clean these floors, the use of a disinfectant is necessary. If you try to just use soap and water to mop the floors it will be much less effective than a recommended phenolic disinfectant.
  2. Detergents become contaminated and can lead to spreading bacteria across the floor and facility. In fact, when using soap and water the mop water becomes more dirty the more you use it and leads to contamination. Using a disinfectant can prevent this unnecessary contamination from occurring.
  3. The CDC recommends that any noncritical equipment that is contaminated with blood, bodily fluids, secretions, or excretions should be cleaned and sanitized immediately after use. Bodily fluids can easily contaminate surfaces and spread diseases if they are from a patient infected with a infectious disease.
  4. I addition to the CDC, OSHA requires that surfaces contaminated with blood or other potentially infections materials be disinfected before put into use again.
  5. It can be hard to keep track of lots of various cleaning materials and disinfectant agents, which is why using a single product throughout a facility can simplify training and the regular practice of cleaning.

Although it may be easier to use a single disinfectant for all types of equipment in a hospital, is it really the best way to prevent the spread of infections? Let’s take a look at some common materials used in the healthcare industry and the proper ways to sanitize them.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one of the most common materials used in the healthcare industry and is used for a variety of equipment and tools. There’s a good reason for its prevalence in the industry and that is because it is very easy to disinfect and has its own antimicrobial properties. However, in order for your stainless to do its job effectively, it still has to be disinfected properly with a good product. Typically it’s not recommended to use bleach on stainless but rather use a disinfectant such as Lysol, and to rinse afterwards with clean water to ensure the metal’s integrity. For more information on how to properly sanitize stainless steel check out this blog!

Aluminum

Aluminum is another very common metal that is found in healthcare facilities. Although it doesn’t have as many inherit antimicrobial properties as stainless steel, aluminum is still a very good material to use for various medical equipment. When disinfecting aluminum it’s important to use a PH-neutral disinfectant rather than bleach, vinegar-based solutions, or acidic-based solutions. These types of disinfectant are effective at getting rid of germs and bacteria, but over time they can start to corrode and damage the metal.

Plastic

Typically, the types of plastic used in healthcare facilities can stand up to harsher disinfectants than metal, and there are a variety of ways to sanitize them. Bleach is usually ok to use with plastic and does a very good job of disinfecting the equipment, as long as it is thoroughly washed off afterwards to prevent anyone coming into direct contact with the solution. Check out the product information from the manufacturer for more details on how to sanitize your specific plastic equipment.

Laundry and other Fabrics

Just like every household, every healthcare facility has to deal with dirty laundry. Laundry that is potentially contaminated can spread diseases and bacteria unless it is properly transported and cleaned. The best way to sanitize laundry is to make sure that it is safely transported in an enclosed space such as an Adjustable Folding Linen Hamper, and then brought to the washing machines for full cleaning.

Additionally, whenever cleaning, sterilizing, or disinfecting any type of material, proper PPE should be worn at all times. This prevents the spread of infectious diseases to not only other patients and staff, but also the person in charge of the actual cleaning process.

Hospitals are ripe with germs and bacteria which is why implementing effective disinfection protocols is so important in these areas. For more information on how to clean your equipment, or if you’re curious on what other types of solutions Lakeside has to help prevent HAI’s and the spread of germs in healthcare facilities, get in touch with us!

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Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Stainless Steel

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Ever since the start of the pandemic, hospitals and other healthcare facilities have had to put a much larger emphasis on cleaning and sanitization. Keeping hospitals sanitized and disinfected has always been important, but the coronavirus brought it to the forefront of everyone’s minds due to its highly contagious nature and uncertainty of how it was being spread in the early stages of the pandemic.

With this new focus on cleaning protocols, what is the best material for medical equipment? Many experts agree that stainless steel is still the leading material in the healthcare industry.

So what makes stainless steel so special and why is it easier to clean than other metals, plastics, and ceramics?

There’s many reason why stainless is the industry standard for many pieces and parts of equipment, but it starts with the chemical composition of the metal. Stainless steel is an iron-based alloy that has at least 10.5% chromium and less than 1.2% carbon. There are many different metals and elements in stainless as well, and the amount present in the steel varies depending on the grade. These metals and elements include nickel, molybdenum, titanium, copper, carbon, and nitrogen and they all add something different to the stainless steel.

The unique composition of stainless steel gives the metal a very special property which is its resistance to rust and corrosion. This property is what makes stainless one of the easiest materials to sanitize and disinfect, and comes from the addition of chromium to the alloy.

When exposed to oxygen, a chromium-oxide film forms on the surface of the metal which acts as a barrier between the metal and the outside environment. Additionally, the film has the ability to self-heal if it is broken, ensuring that the metal is safe from rust and corrosion. This self-healing film also ensures that no bacteria are viruses can stay on the stainless steel after it is properly disinfected.

Other materials do not have this unique property and can get micro cracks, dents, and scratches where bacteria can stay even after being cleaned. Some scratches and micro cracks aren’t even visible which means that they could be harboring bacteria without your knowledge.

Stainless steel is super easy to clean as long as you know what you’re doing and have the right tools for the job. Some great disinfectants to use are Lysol wipes and Lysol sprays or any similar products that have disinfectants in them. However, it is important to wash the surface afterwards with fresh water because these products can actually be harmful for the stainless if they are left on for too long.

Additionally, if there is potentially dangerous bacteria or germs that are known to be on the surface of the stainless it is a smart idea to wear proper PPE to protect yourself while cleaning the equipment. If you are using a spray and need to figure out what to actually clean the surface with, do not use steel wool or other steel brushes as they can be too abrasive and create scratches that make it much harder to fully sanitize. The best cleaning supplies are soft cloths, gentle brushes and sponges to ensure proper disinfection without harming the stainless steel.

Believe it or not, there is actually a right and a wrong way to clean your stainless steel equipment. To effectively clean a stainless steel surface, you should start by using hot water and soap to rub down the entire surface. Next, you can use a disinfectant such as Lysol and rub the stainless in the same direction as the steel grain for maximum effectiveness.

This should be followed by rinsing the equipment thoroughly with fresh water. Finally, you should wipe the stainless completely dry to ensure that it’s disinfected and ready once again for use. This process should be done after use or anytime that you believe the stainless may have been exposed to harmful germs and bacteria. For a full look at the process, check out this great video for a full breakdown of the proper way to disinfect stainless.

Stainless steel is great because it’s super easy to clean, but that’s not the only reason why it is one of the most popular materials for equipment in the healthcare industry. Stainless is also extremely strong an durable, something that hospitals need in their equipment. Stainless steel carts for example, are able to carry much heavier loads than their aluminum counterparts. The Lakeside 311 Utility Cart has an impressive carrying capacity of 300 lbs. while only weighing in at around 30 lbs. Carts like this are also great because they are very hard to dent or scratch during everyday use.

Stainless steel has been one of the best materials in the healthcare industry for a long time, and it’s not going to go anywhere anytime soon. The benefits of this material are quite numerous and investing in well-made stainless steel equipment is always going to pay off at the end of the day. Lakeside manufacturing makes many types of equipment using stainless steel and are committed to ensuring all of it is top-of-the-line quality. Get in touch with us and ask how we can help implement stainless steel equipment that will last for years into your facility!

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How to Save Space in Your Hospital

Saving Space with Compact Equipment Solutions

Most hospitals have one thing in common: the need for more space.

Expanding a building’s space can be extremely expensive, time consuming, and can put certain parts of your facility out of service for extended periods of time due to construction. The better option for most healthcare facilities is to use the space that they currently have more efficiently and effectively. So how can a facility make better use of their space?

Space efficiency starts with the initial design of the healthcare facility, and should absolutely be taken into consideration when building new departments, or adding on to an existing space. However, many hospitals have been around for a long time and when they were first designed, using the space inside the facility the most efficiently may not have been taken into account. If this is the case, then the hospital must learn how to use its space in a more efficient way.

There are various ways to begin using space more effectively, and it can vary for different departments inside of a hospital.

For example, the waiting room should be designed and used in a much different way than the operating room in order to achieve optimal space efficiency. However, with all of the various spaces inside of healthcare facilities, there is one universal way to save space and work smarter: Investing in good quality, versatile equipment that is designed to save space.

Let’s take a look at some of the space-saving equipment solutions that Lakeside manufactures.

Case Carts

One piece of equipment that every hospital needs is good quality case carts for surgical operations and other day-to-day tasks.

Case carts can come in various shapes and sizes, and all different models have their benefits. If your facility’s already struggling with creating enough space for surgeons to work comfortably and the operating room is crammed, then the space-saving case cart solutions are the best option.

Lakeside has various space-saving case cart models, including the Deluxe 1-Door Case Cart. This case cart is designed to fit in small spaces and functions as an additional work surface. The cart comes with an adjustable, pull-out stainless steel shelf with the option to choose from wire, solid stainless, or perforated stainless, all of which have their own advantages. Being a smaller cart, you might expect that the Deluxe 1-Door Case Cart isn’t as strong as some of the other solutions that Lakeside offers, but this cart is still super durable.

In fact, the shelves are mounted on polyoxymethylene heavy-duty, low friction slides that allow for 50% pull-out of shelves to prevent tipping and hold up to 70 lbs. of supplies. The door on this compact case cart opens to 270 degrees and includes a slam/catch to hold the door in the open position, allowing easy access to the contents. Additionally, this deluxe case cart has built-in, integrated angled handles that allow for easy maneuvering along with the premium sealed MedCasters that it is built upon.

Another great space-saving solution is the Deluxe 1-Door Low Profile Case Cart. This cart comes with all of the same amazing standard features as the Deluxe 1-Door Case Cart, but is built with a lower frame which can save even more space in a crammed operating room. The internal cavity of the Deluxe 1-Door Case Carts is designed for easy cleaning and draining with an optional integrated floor drain with or without a plug for faster drying after sanitization.

Lakeside Manufacturing understands the need for space in the healthcare industry and is dedicated to creating solutions to optimize the space in your facility. Get in touch with us and ask us how we can help save space in your facility!

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Best Equipment for Pharma and Medical Clean Rooms

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Organization: a common issue that many hospitals have.

Cleanrooms have some of the strictest cleanliness standards out of any facilities, and are ranked in different levels depending on the amount of contaminants present in the air.

Lakeside Manufacturing specializes in producing mobile equipment for the healthcare and foodservice industries, but our equipment can be used in many other industries as well. Specialized medical fields like pharmaceuticals and labs can benefit from Lakeside’s mobile equipment, and with Lakeside Custom Solutions, we have the ability to build the perfect answer for your facility’s needs.

Some medical fields have extremely stringent requirements and sanitary standards, and Lakeside has products that are designed to be easily cleaned and remain sanitary for long periods of time. Let’s look at laboratories for example, which are crucial for research and testing of medical products. Due to the extreme precision that these labs need, they can’t risk allowing contaminants to interfere with their studies and potentially produce wrong results. Because of this, labs have extremely tight standards for cleanliness and the equipment that they can use.

This is where Lakeside can help, with products than ensure no outside contaminants can interfere with the test results. Surgical Case Carts for example, are designed to ensure the contents remain sanitized and are ready to use whenever they are needed. This is another field with very strict sanitary requirements, and Lakeside has perfected the case cart to ensure that these standards are met with flying colors.

Case carts and other mobile equipment can be very useful for labs that need to store their equipment or even their test results while ensuring that they will not be effected by the outside environment. Some other products that can be utilized in labs include utility carts, medical carts, equipment stands, instrument tables, and other specialized medical carts depending on what the lab is working on. However, in addition to all of the great standard products that add value in laboratories, Lakeside Custom Solutions can make the vision you have in your mind come to life when it comes to specialized equipment.

Another medical field where Lakeside’s equipment can be utilized is the pharmaceutical industry. This field also has very strict requirements as they can’t risk anything getting into their drugs and medications. Creating medicine is a crucial part of the healthcare industry and the testing and manufacturing of these drugs faces intense regulations in order to ensure their safety. Lakeside is here to help with the equipment side of the industry because having the right equipment to store and transport supplies is an essential part of the pharmaceutical process.

Some pharmaceutical facilities need very specialized equipment depending on what type of medication they are working on. For example, some medications need to be stored at extremely low temperatures, such as some of the COVID-19 vaccines which were recently rolled out. Lakeside has the capabilities to facilitate this with products such as the Hyperthermia Cart which has a built-in integrated refrigerator. Other facilities will need to transport very heavy machinery and equipment around, which Lakeside’s Utility Carts have proven to be able to execute without hiccups.

The capacity of the utility cart depends on the model, but Lakeside manufactures carts with capacities up to 1,500 lbs. which are still able to be maneuvered and transported with relative ease. Whatever your pharmaceutical facility may need in the equipment department, Lakeside has the solution.

Cleanrooms are an important aspect of both medical labs as well as pharmaceutical facilities, and are used in many other industries as well. Cleanrooms have some of the strictest cleanliness standards out of any facilities, and are ranked in different levels depending on the amount of contaminants present in the air.

Cleanrooms also control variables like temperature, humidity, and air flow in order to create the perfect environment for testing, manufacturing or whatever it is being used for. Lakeside understands the extreme standards that these cleanrooms have for outside contaminants and makes many different products which could be used in these spaces.

Well-made, sturdy, and sanitary utility and case carts can be helpful for cleanrooms when they need to store and transport supplies and materials. Lakeside uses high-quality stainless steel to make these essential mobile pieces of equipment, and if the standard product offerings aren’t sufficient, then Lakeside Custom Solutions can create the perfect cart to meet any and all strict requirements that cleanrooms have.

Contact us to learn how our products can help make your lab, pharmaceutical facility, cleanroom, or other specialized department run more efficiently. Additionally, check out the Lakeside Custom Solutions website to learn more about our capabilities and projects that we’ve worked on in the past.

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Specialization in Medical Organization

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Organization: a common issue that many hospitals have.

Healthcare facilities are huge and making sure that everything runs smoothly can be quite challenging, but having the right equipment can make a big difference in ensuring that routine tasks can be executed effortlessly. The Preciso Medical Cart line from Lakeside gives you everything you need to make sure that your healthcare facility can stay organized and perform daily tasks more efficiently.

Preciso medical carts are much more than just an average cart you’d find in any hospital, it’s a complete hospital-wide lean replenishment system for supply handling and logistics. The Preciso line comes in all different sizes but each model has special features that can integrate together to create the perfect storage and supply system. The Preciso medical carts are designed specifically to save your staff time organizing and handling supplies, so that they can spend their time with what matters the most, patients.

Here are just some of the innovative features that make the Preciso carts one of a kind:

Removable Storage Compartments

The entire line of Preciso carts in built to accommodate the removable storage compartments as this is the most prominent aspect of the innovative carts. The Preciso Logistics Supply Carts are the perfect home base for all of your supplies, and work with drawers, doors, bins, and trays. These compartments are interchangeable and fit into all of the Preciso Medical Carts so that extra time isn’t wasted finding the right supplies and loading up a cart to move them around. Instead the central supply station can be pre-filled with all of the supplies that you may need, and when it’s time to refill or switch out the contents, it’s as easy as swapping out the trays and you’re on your way. All of the Preciso carts are designed to accommodate multiple sized shelves and drawers so that you can bring along any supplies you may need.

Color ID Tags and Label Holders

At first it might seem like this could get disorganized, but the Preciso line comes with color ID tags and label holders on the drawers so you know exactly what supplies you are grabbing to transport around the facility. Additionally, the color ID tags can be customized so that they work with your facility’s color already existing color organization scheme.

Extendable Side Shelf

The Preciso medical carts come equipped with a handy extendable side shelf. This side shelf is a great solution if you find that you could use extra worksurface without having to give up space for bulky tables or other pieces of equipment. Some Preciso carts also come with a lateral computer drawer for a great space area using a laptop, and even has a spot for your mouse. The Preciso carts can be your office away from your office and function throughout the facility.

Plastic and Aluminum Hybrid Construction

Preciso medical carts are constructed with a hybrid of aluminum and plastic to ensure great durability while also providing a lightweight, maneuverable cart.

ABS Plastic Top

All of the carts in the Preciso family have a molded ABS plastic top and base. The ABS plastic material makes the carts super easy to sanitize and adds extra worksurface on the top of the cart.

Dual Wheel Non-Marking Casters

These premium 5” casters are double wheeled which ensures stability while transporting supplies in the carts. The casters are also non-marking and anti-thread so that the carts won’t leave an unpleasant trail even when completely loaded up with supplies. Two of the casters are locking to make sure that your cart stays where it needs to be in storage or when in use.

Other Accessories

Preciso medical carts also come with a ton of available accessories so that you can customize the cart to make it an even better fit for your facility. The Preciso medical carts can function in many different parts of a hospital and with the robust customization options and quick turnaround of contents they can do many jobs in one day.

The Preciso line for logistics and supply handling offers the ultimate flexibility as well as versatility in your facility. There is so many different ways to use these innovative carts that support lean principles and efficient operations. The Preciso system can help staff save tons of time that is usually spent loading up supplies as well as cleaning and disinfecting. With Preciso, clean supplies can already be stored in drawers that then just have to be switched from the central supply hub into a medical cart and then no time is wasted before the supplies are on their way where they need to be. The Preciso carts also have an attractive, modern design and come in many different natural colors to ensure that they will look just as good as they work in your hospital.

If you think that your healthcare facility is wasting precious time with too many trips back and forth from a central supply area, Preciso is the answer for you. Check out all the different types of Preciso carts and this video showing off some of the innovative features of the line. Get in touch with us and let’s figure out how Preciso can help your facility save time and improve its flexibility!

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Made in USA Products are the Solution to Supply Chain Problems

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When the coronavirus nearly brought the world as we knew it to a halt, supply chain issues and shortages of essential goods impacted everyone, but especially impacted the healthcare industry. US hospitals and other healthcare facilities struggled to get the PPE and other essential equipment that they needed to fight the pandemic.  

 

The US healthcare supply chain was very dependent on Asian countries, specifically China, to supply the needed healthcare equipment and supplies. However, as the pandemic hit China and other Asian counties first, the supply of equipment that was usually shipped over to the US was needed in their own countries, and the shipments began to slowdown and stop altogether.  

 

In response to the shortages of PPE and other essential medical equipment, many US manufacturers stepped up and shifted their production in order to help meet the healthcare needs. Lakeside shifted its production and began to manufacture IV poles in order to help meet the increased demand that came with the pandemic. Other US suppliers completely changed their products in order to help out with the new demand as well. Tito’s for example, an Austin based distiller, began to produce and supply hand sanitizer instead of their usual vodka. Smaller material and clothes manufacturers also shifted from their usual products to begin making masks in order to protect the public and supply needed PPE to Americans.  

 

Although things are starting to get back to normal since the start of the pandemic, it’s important to remember the shortcomings of the healthcare supply chain that were highlighted during the early stages of COVID and take them into consideration going forward. Domestic sourcing for healthcare supplies and medical equipment is crucial for sustaining normal day-to-day operations in the case of another global disaster. In addition to supporting local suppliers and boosting the domestic economy, products that are “Made in USA” have many benefits that international products can’t match.  

 

Here are a just a few of the benefits of purchasing medical equipment that is made in America:  

 

Helps create and maintain jobs in the US: Purchasing goods from US suppliers helps boost the economy by ensuring that manufacturers have a demand for their product. This demand allows them to allocate more money into manufacturing and creates stable jobs for Americans for years to come.  

 

Improves the independence of the US: As illustrated by the pandemic, the United States healthcare industry has been very dependent on foreign countries to supply essential medical supplies. However, in the case of a global pandemic or other global disruption, this supply can’t always be trusted to come through and help in times of need. Purchasing medical supplies from US-based manufacturers proves that there is a market for the products, and promotes increased domestic manufacturing, which allows for better responses to future disasters. Additionally, purchasing domestic products improves the overall independence of the country and allow for the US to no have to rely on foreign entities for essential supplies.  

 

Reduces shipping time and costs: When you purchase equipment from US suppliers, you don’t have to worry about waiting a long time just for the equipment to be shipped into the country. Depending on what type of equipment a facility is looking to purchase, they could have to wait months for it to actually get to them after the order if they purchase from a foreign manufacturer. Meanwhile, products that are made in the USA are able to be shipped and arrive at a facility much faster than comparable international products.  

 

Better quality and safety standards: The United States has much higher standards for workers’ safety than some international manufacturers, which means that buying from domestic manufacturers ensures safe work environments. US suppliers are also able to manage the manufacturing process very closely and ensure that the equipment is the best possible quality. Purchasing medical equipment from US suppliers means that the products were made in a safe and sustainable way.  

 

Improved ability for customization: Another great benefit of purchasing from US manufacturers is that they will likely be more willing to work with you to create the perfect equipment fit for your facility. Many US manufacturers have the capability and willingness to listen to what your facility needs and work with you to make it happen. Most foreign suppliers will just try to sell you what they already have in stock, even if it isn’t the exact solution you’re looking for. Lakeside Manufacturing on the other hand, has Lakeside Custom Solutions, which is completely dedicated to listening to customer needs and designing the perfect solution for your healthcare facility.  

 

Lakeside understands these various benefits, which is why all of our products are designed and manufactured in our state-of-the-art facility in Wisconsin. In addition to our products proudly being made in the USA, we are still dedicated to supplying our healthcare system with the supplies that they need to deal with COVID. Our Rapid Response Quick-Ship products are designed to supply all the essential equipment necessities to deal with the coronavirus. These products are in stock and ready to be shipped out immediately so you don’t have to wait months to get the equipment that you need now. Check out these innovative essentials here, and get in touch with us for a quote and lead time information!  

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The Healthcare Industry is Working to Reduce their Carbon Footprint

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The healthcare industry one of the most important sectors in the world. 

Every year healthcare workers save thousands of lives and help make the world an overall healthier place. However, for how much good the healthcare industry does in the world, it also has some negative effects on the global environment.  

 The healthcare industry is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the world, which can cause serious health issues for some regions. In fact, the healthcare industry is responsible for 4.4% of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the equivalent of 514 coal fired power plants. To put this into perspective, if the global healthcare sector were a country, it would be the world’s 5th largest emitter of greenhouse gasses. Although this is a global issue, the United States is no innocent bystander as they have the largest share of healthcare greenhouse gas emissions of all countries at a staggering 27%. The second largest contributor is China who accounts for 17%.  

 This issue has gotten a lot more attention in recent years and many healthcare facilities worldwide are making changes to try to limit their contribution to the problem. For example, in the US several Boston-area hospitals and clinical institutes announced a commitment to decarbonize. The University of California system has pledged to become completely reliant on clean electricity for its campuses and medical centers by 2025. The Cleveland Clinic is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2027. Additionally, many hospitals throughout the US have received LEED certifications, a program that rates environmentally friendly buildings.  

 Reducing the carbon footprint of a healthcare facility is a very challenging task overall, but when breaking it down there’s some straightforward steps that hospitals can take. Here’s a few examples of what facilities are doing to improve their carbon footprint:  

 Renewable Energy

Energy use is a big contributor to the carbon footprint of the healthcare industry with over half of total carbon footprint stemming from it. Shifting to clean energy and electricity sources can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of facilities with many already doing so. For example, the University of Vermont Medical Center uses a solar panel array on its rooftop to generate some of its energy. The Center also participates in the Vermont Gas Renewable Natural Gas Program that captures methane from a landfill in Quebec. Another facility that uses clean energy is the Boston Medical Center that buys electricity from Summit Farms, a 650 acre solar panel farm in North Carolina. The Boston Medical Center is able to eliminate about 119,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year by doing so. The University of California in San Diego has two medical centers that are working to reduce their energy use and find renewable options in order to meet their goal of being completely carbon neutral by 2025. They currently buy some sustainable energy from the University of California but they will likely have to explore other options, as the university has also prohibited any new buildings from using fossil fuels.  

 Improving Energy Efficiency

It may seem like an obvious way to reduce the carbon footprint, but improving the efficiency of energy use in healthcare facilities can drastically improve their carbon emissions and save millions of dollars in the long run. That’s why large medical systems like the University of Wisconsin Health in Madison is taking a variety of energy saving steps. The health system has begun using lighting controlled LEDs, installed high- efficiency equipment, and added HVAC occupancy sensors and demand-reduction strategies. Other facilities like the Ahuja Medical Center in Ohio feature a smart building design in order to be able to use natural light and rely less on artificial lighting. The same facility also has a white roof which absorbs less heat and leads to savings in HVAC costs.

 It can be expensive initially to make the change to using energy smarter, but it can save loads of money for the facilities in the long run. The Boston Medical Center’s energy-saving measures have reduced their operating costs by almost $25 million. The Cleveland Clinic has reduced its energy use intensity by around 19%, which in turn as saved its facilities around $50 million.  

 Reducing Waste and Recycling

Hospitals generate over 5 million tons of waste every year including normal trash and regulated medical waste, which can be harder to dispose of. Reducing waste and implementing robust recycling programs can be a tricky task, but hospitals have began to take on the challenge. Facilities such as the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota operate their own recycling center where they recycle plastics and glass. This center also recycles surgical blue wrap that they then sell to a company that converts it back into polypropylene. The University of Vermont has a similar program that has diverted 50 tons of blue wrap since 2010. Making the effort to implement a recycling program and taking steps to reduce the amount of waste will greatly improve the carbon footprint of the healthcare industry, especially if more and more hospitals begin to do so.  

 There are many different ways that a healthcare facility can reduce its own carbon footprint and all of them should be explored. Using equipment that is more efficient both energy-wise and time-wise is an excellent place to start. If a facility doesn’t use the right equipment for their needs, they could be wasting time, money, and hurting their own carbon emissions at the same time.  

 Lakeside Manufacturing understands the benefits of using high-efficiency equipment and is here to help outfit any hospital with the right equipment for their facility. Whether your facility needs a new standardized supply and distribution system, or a completely custom line of equipment, Lakeside is here to work with you to ensure that your facility is performing to the best of its abilities. We would love to hear about your facilities' challenges and work together to come up with the best solution to save you time and money. Get in touch and let’s figure out how to improve your carbon footprint together!