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Improve Medical Cart Functionality with these Accessories

Medical carts house a vast variety of equipment, medications, and supplies within their four walls. Drawers are organized and filled with the right items for the specific carts’ needs whether that be a crash cart or an anesthesia cart, they all house specific supplies for specific needs. While these drawers house a great variety of items, there is opportunity for accessories attached to the outer walls and top of medical carts that allow for functionality to be optimized on rolling medical carts. In last week’s blog we discussed the 5 steps to designing your perfect rolling medical cart, but no cart is complete without its accessories. 

The durability of the cart itself sets you up for success when deciding to add accessories onto your cart. Each accessory serves a different purpose and benefit to house more supplies on one cart. Let’s jump into a list of our accessories and how they can help change your medical cart functionality! 

1. Upper Bin Storage:

Our tilt bin units with brackets offer extra storage on top of your cart for supplies that are used quite often but do not require a secure locked location. Healthcare workers can benefit from having these supplies at the ready.  Simply tilt down the plastic bin to access the supplies. These bins come in rows with a variety of bin shapes and sizes and can be stacked on top of each other using our trellis system. 

2. Heavy Duty Railing on Cart Top

Oftentimes, supplies and equipment will be placed on top of the cart. These railings ensure items stay in place, specifically in transport. This heavy duty railing also allows for attachments to be added to double secure the placement of items set on top of the cart. Some of these attachments include tape dispenser trays, label holders, and divided organizers with lids for any other top of cart storage needs. 

3. Catheter Holder

This accessory allows for external storage for catheters so they can be quickly and easily accessed when needed. This holder is situated on the side of the cart to not take away storage space inside or on top of the cart while also maximizing the amount of items a single cart call hold and store. 

4. Accessory Bar Brackets

These bars allow for additional storage to be added to the sides of the cart, much like the trellis system offers storage for the top of the cart. This bar allows you to add on wire baskets using brackets to hold them on. We have a wide selection of wire basket sizes to ensure you find the right basket for the right storage need. The bar can allow for the attachment of a waste container that is attached to the side of the cart. Having quick and easy access to a waste container is crucial in the medical field. 

5. Side Shelf

The addition of a side shelf offers extra workspace for healthcare workers. Whether this is used as writing space or used to set down supplies they are currently using with a patient, this additional area can make a world of difference on a cart that has a compact layout. 

6. Medical Equipment Holders

There are various accessories that can be added on to hold specific medical equipment in place so that it is ready for the next time a patient requires its use. One of these is our IV pole which is attached to the cart to add to its functionality. Some other medical equipment holder accessories we offer include a defib swivel shelf, oxygen tank brackets fixed on the side of the cart, and a sharps container bracket to attach a sharps container to. 

While these are just a few of the accessories available to add onto our rolling medical carts, we have a even greater variety to ensure your cart is able to function optimally with the right equipment so that healthcare workers have the supplies and equipment they need on the spot in order to provide the best care for their patients. 

Are you ready to explore expanding your medical cart’s capabilities with the addition of accessories? We have created a free guide to help you navigate through our individual accessories and accessory packages. Learn more about Lakeside medical cart accessories here.

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5 Steps to Designing Your Perfect Rolling Medical Cart

Just 5 steps, and you have designed the perfect medical cart for your healthcare facility! Designing a medical cart can be a task that takes a considerable amount of time and effort, but it is crucial to understand how the layout, structure, and build of the cart will impact healthcare providers and patients for years to come. Crafting the right set-up of drawers, locks, color, and material can seem daunting as different combinations bring about different benefits. We have created this 5 step guide to help you design the perfect rolling medical cart for your healthcare facility. 

Why is a Medical Cart so Important?

Medical carts provide the organization, storage, and maneuverability needed for equipment, medication, and supplies. Rolling medical carts are used for a variety of purposes in healthcare: emergency carts, anesthesia carts, isolation carts, procedure and treatment carts, general purpose carts, hyperthermia carts, pediatric crash carts, and suture storage carts to name a few. These carts allow healthcare personnel to focus all efforts and energy on providing quality care to patients. Designing your perfect Lakeside cart is easy with our Classic Series, so let’s go over these 5 steps to help you determine what you need in your medical cart. 

1. Determine the Total Number of Drawers Needed

Depending on what you will be using the cart for, you will need different amounts of drawers and with that, you will need different drawer sizes to accommodate storage needs.  Whether you want three large drawers, or you are in need of a cart that has ten small drawers, Lakeside classic carts allow you to design it your way! Our carts have four different drawer height options that can be configured in any way: three inches, six inches, nine inches, or twelve inches. 

2. Select the Appropriate Cart Size to Accommodate Your Drawers

Now that you have determined how many three inch, six inch, nine inch, and twelve inch drawers you need, it is time to calculate the cumulative total drawer space needed and find which standard cart size your total drawer height adds up to. Our height options for classic medical carts are twenty-one inches, twenty-four inches, twenty-seven inches, or thirty inches with each having a width of thirty-two inches. Your total drawer space must equal one of these four standard height options. 

3. Choose a Lock Type

Having some form of a lock on your cart is important to ensure the cart is only accessed by the appropriate healthcare staff. We have seven lock options to choose from to accommodate different needs:

  • Standard Key Lock to lock the entire cart
  • Breakaway Lock Bar to lock the entire cart - ideal for emergency carts that need to be accessed quickly 
  • Individual Breakaway Lock Bars to lock each drawer separately - ideal for carts used in emergencies 
  • Push-Button with key override feature 
  • Proximity Reader with Electronic Auto-lock and key override feature
  • Electronic Auto-Lock with keypad and key override feature
  • LPR-SW Optional Audit Software for use with Electronic locks & Proximity Reader - ensures authorized personnel are using the cart

4. Select a Color

Depending on the carts’ purpose, you may want to select a certain color. For example, emergency carts usually are red to indicate they are only to be used in emergency situations and an anesthesia cart is typically blue so healthcare workers know exactly what that cart is used for and the supplies it holds. While there are standard colors for some cart types, we have a full selection of twenty-three colors to choose from. These shell and drawer colors are comprised of an antimicrobial powder coating. Either choose one color for your entire cart or choose two colors, one for the shell and one for the drawers. 

5. Specify Construction Material 

Our classic carts have two options for the construction material, either steel or aluminum. Both provide you with a durable piece of equipment, but the aluminum option is 50% lighter which may be of benefit for carts that are moved often or need to be moved quickly in a short time frame. Lakeside medical carts are proudly made in the USA. 

No matter what type of cart you need, make it uniquely your own by configuring the size and number of drawers, lock types, color and construction material. Classic series medical carts will be sure to provide a long-lasting and flexible rolling medical cart. 

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3 Reasons Why People Choose Our Most Popular Emergency Crash Cart

Emergency crash carts play a vital role in all healthcare facilities, but choosing the right medical cart for such emergencies can take lots of time and thought to ensure your facility is prepared for any emergency that may arise. While we know finding the right crash cart can take time, we do know one thing for sure and that is people value knowing what equipment is working well for other facilitates as it might work well for them as well. Our C-630-B-2R crash carts have been offering long-lasting durability and lightweight maneuverability needed in fast-paced and ever-changing environments for years. Could it be the right solution for your facility? Let's dive into the star of the show, the C-630-B-2R!

Reason #1: Its Overall Configuration Works Very Well in Many Healthcare Facilities

The design of this cart serves as a valuable layout for a variety of healthcare facilities with many beneficial features including:

  • Twin poly handles
  • A plastic top
  • Four 3" drawers, one 6" drawer, and one 12" drawer
  • Interchangeable drawer fronts with chrome drawer pulls
  • Breakaway lock
  • Dual-wall construction
  • Corner bumpers
  • Premium 5" swivel casters, two that are locking and one directional
  • Antimicrobial powder coating

Check out our previous blog on how to best arrange your medical crash carts for optimal efficiency here!

Reason #2: It is Available in Steel or Aluminum

This model is available in both steel and aluminum each offering their own benefits. This flexibility in design is another reason why the C-630-B-2R is so popular. The steel build provides extremely durable mobile transport of emergency equipment, supplies, medications, and more. Our aluminum build still offers you a durable solution, but is 50% lighter allowing staff to more easily move the cart when time is of the essence.

Reason #3: It is Long-Lasting and Offers Flexibility

The final main reason why healthcare facilities have chosen this emergency rolling medical cart is the long-lasting quality it provides for them. Investing in medical equipment is not a cheap task, but investing in medical equipment that won't last you long term can cost you extra in the end. Ensuring your cart will last for years to come is crucial, and our crash carts offer both durability and flexibility. The cherry on top: this cart is made in the USA so it can be shipped to you quickly.

While this cart is our most popular, Lakeside has a wide selection of crash carts available. If you're not seeing the right fit, connect with us and we can talk about how Lakeside can help create the right cart for your facility.

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No Need to Crash and Burn, Choose the Right Crash Cart

Finding yourself in any situation where you do not feel 100% prepared is never how we want things to be, especially when it comes to caring for patients. Crashing and burning is just not an option in the healthcare field. In order to ensure teams are ready for any situation, planning ahead and investing in the right equipment will help make sure they are ready for any medical scenario that could come their way. Not every facility needs the same exact Crash Cart, so let's break down the differences.

To start, let's be clear on the purpose of a Crash Cart. While each facility may have different needs for their Crash Cart, they all provide the equipment, medications, and tools needed in medical emergencies. According to the ACLS Training Center, "Any environment in which a patient may unexpectedly experience a medical emergency needs to have the equipment to deal with that emergency efficiently."

So what options are there for Crash Carts and what are the benefits of each? Let's dive in!

Classic Crash Carts:

Lakeside's Crash Carts come in a variety of sizes and styles designed to fit your needs. Our Classic Crash Carts are perfect for heavy duty use at a great value. These Crash Carts are long-lasting to ensure equipment investment goes the distance while continuing to provide for facilities for years to come. With flexible configurations, the right cart can be found to meet the needs of a certain facility based on the equipment and supplies that must be able to fit on their new Crash Cart. Choose from four height options: 36", 39.75", 42.25", 46.25". We also have pre-configured drawer sizes of 3", 6", 9", and 12". Don't see the height, drawer size, or number of drawers you want on a standard model? We make custom solutions to make sure healthcare teams have the equipment that best serves their needs.

Preferred Crash Carts:

Choosing the preferred Crash Carts allows for additional workspace and accessory flexibility and has a hybrid mix of steel and aluminum in its build. With this combination, preferred Crash Carts are 20% lighter than traditional all-steel carts. Some of the benefits of these line of Crash Carts include:

  • Durable dual-wall steel frame with lightweight aluminum drawers
  • Dual pull-out on ball bearing glides for additional work space
  • Outrigger bumper system for stability and damage protection
  • Accessory mounting panels eliminating the need for pre-drilled holes

Preferred Crash Carts have four standard model height options of 36", 39.75", 42.75, and 46.25". These carts also have pre-configured drawer sizes of 3", 6", 9" and 12". If you're not seeing the right combination of overall height, number of drawers, and drawer size needed, no problem! We create custom solutions for that exact reason because no healthcare facility is the same in their needs. Preferred Crash Carts deliver the long-lasting durability and lightweight maneuverability needed in fast-paced, and ever-changing environments.

Preciso™ Crash Carts:

Preciso™ is more than just a cart,  it is a hospital-wide lean replenishment system for supply handling and logistics. Choose this style of a Crash Cart for an aluminum and plastic hybrid packed with integrated features for life-saving emergency response. These carts offer removable and interchangeable storage components saving time and letting staff focus on what matters most, the patient. This fully configurable cart can be used with drawers, doors, bins, and trays that easily swap in and out during resupply of a Crash Cart after being used easy and efficient. Learn more about the importance of a streamlined restocking process in last week's blog. Customize a  Preciso™ cart with drawer configurations best suited for specific applications needed. Choose Preciso™  for an attractive, modern design that offers the ultimate flexibility.

Planning ahead and evaluating equipment to find the right solution helps facilities to be prepared for any possible medical emergency. Talk with a Lakeside specialist today about configuring the perfect Crash Cart solution!

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How to Efficiently Use a Crash Cart

Crash carts are an essential and life-saving piece of equipment for healthcare facilities. When a patient is experiencing a medical emergency, healthcare workers need to be able to provide critical treatment as fast as possible. Crash carts allow equipment, medications, and instruments needed in these situations to be brought right to the scene. In order to ensure crash carts are ready for the next medical emergency, it is crucial to have a crash cart ready to be used to maximum efficiency by healthcare personnel.

How can you ensure your crash cart is ready for the next health emergency? Here are some aspects to ensure you have in your crash cart so when time is of the essence, all efforts can be put towards saving a patient and not searching for supplies.

Efficiency:

In a moment where every second could mean life or death, it is essential to have an efficient operation set-up so every second can be devoted to saving a life. One of the best ways to ensure your crash cart is able to be used efficiently is through the use of drawer labels. Through the use of labels, a facility can ensure supplies are kept in the same exact location all of the time. Healthcare workers are able to find exactly what they need quickly with the organization and in return focus all of their efforts towards saving the patient. But what is the best way to organize your drawers? First for foremost, you want the items that are most often needed in emergencies to be on top of the cart or in the first two drawers. Let's take a look at how to optimally organize a crash cart.

  • On the top of the cart you should have a biphasic defibrillator with adult paddles and adult multi-purpose pads, along with pads and paddles for infants. Ambu-bags with facemasks and oxygen tub connectors in both adult and child sizes can be found on one side of the cart, and a compressed oxygen tank on the other side. On the back of the crash cart, a CPR backboard can also be placed.
  • The top two drawers should contain essential resuscitation medications with clear labels and organization. These two drawers normally are compartmentalized in order to allow medications to be stored separately and be visible as well as first glance.
  • The third drawer is normally designated to contain all supplies needed to establish peripheral intravenous access rapidly which would include angiocatheters, needles, alcohol wipes, syringes and more.
  • The fourth drawer usually is designed to store respiratory equipment and supplies.
  • The fifth drawer is mainly designated for holding larger supplies and instruments that are not needed for all emergencies, but just for special emergencies.

Accessibility:

To put it simply, you need to be able to access all supplies and equipment quickly and easily during medical emergencies. Breakaway locks are a great way to keep supplies safe while they are not needed, but also provide easy access to supplies when they are needed through one quick motion. These locks not only allow for quick response time, but also help a facility know what supplies were used in the emergency. With this, they know which supplies need to be restocked. Restocking a crash cart after each use is a must and builds into the factor of accessibility. Restocking right after the use of a crash cart ensures accessibly for the next emergency call that requires the use of the crash cart.

Mobility:

Crash carts need to be able to move to the location where there is a medical emergency. Having a mobile crash cart that is able to quickly shift and make corners is very important and having casters that allow these movements can help a crash cart be moved to where it is needed as quickly as possible. Not only is it crucial that your cart can maneuver hallways easily, but also maneuver around a patients room so that the cart can be close to the healthcare provider.

Crash Carts play a key role in the healthcare field, but they need to be able to be used efficiently and be accessible in order to be at their optimal usage. Lakeside has a wide variety of Crash Carts based on the needs of different facilities. Are you ready to find the right Crash Cart for your operations?

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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.

WHAT WILL YOU TRANSPORT?

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.

WHERE WILL YOU TRANSPORT IT?

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.

WHEN WILL THE CART BE USED?

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.