Carts, Central Supply

Definition : Carts designed for delivery of supplies (e.g., surgical instruments, medicines, linen, intravenous solutions, food) from a central location (e.g., central material management, sterilization room, laundry facility, kitchen) to other areas in the healthcare facility, such as nurse stations, operating rooms, and patient rooms. These carts typically consist of an easy to clean heavy duty large metallic or plastic structure, either open or enclosed, mounted on extra-large wheels (e.g., 12.5 cm/5 in or more in diameter) that are usually an integral part of the cart to facilitate its movement throughout the facility (i.e., halls, elevators); the carts are usually moved manually but electrically (battery) operated carts are also available. Central supply carts may be also used to keep a minimum inventory of supplies by performing a periodic replenish (known as PAR carts) or to be exchanged for a new replenished cart (exchange carts); they are frequently also used to return the reusable devices to the central location for reprocessing. Dedicated central supply carts manufactured with materials, configuration, size, or including attachments that make them appropriate to transport a particular type of products, such as surgical case instruments, medication, laundry, intravenous solutions, or food are also available. The carts are not intended for long-term storage.

Entry Terms : "Central Supply Carts"

UMDC code : 15886

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