High Density Storage Improves Access to Supplies
A US Navy medical treatment facility’s medical supply storage just wasn’t working to meet the needs of nurses and doctors in the operating room. Supplies were hard to access, which wasted too much time. Working through strict conditions, a high density storage system was installed that was able to satisfy all of the staff’s storage requirements and ensure supplies are now always right on hand when they’re needed.
Problems the Medical Facility Had with Accessing Medical Supplies
The medical treatment facility was technologically advanced in every area except one: their storage area. Surgical supplies were nowhere near the main operating room on the facility’s fifth floor – they were in the basement. This meant that medical staff was constantly loading up supply carts in the basement, bringing them onto a utility elevator, then lugging them into the OR.
The High Density Storage System Puts Medical Supplies Where They are Needed
To solve this problem, high density systems were installed just outside of the operating rooms. Only the installation was more of a challenge than the solution itself. The installation team could only work weekends and at night so that they weren’t interrupting normal operations. Plus, the project required infection-controlled areas around each installation, meaning plastic walls had to be erected, with negative-pressure devices being used with HEPA filtration to protect the sterile environment.
The team was able to make it work to get the high density system installed. The mechanical assist system featured clear acrylic end panels for improved visibility, along with laminate covers. Wire shelves were also used because they could be easily adjusted. Also bins were incorporated into the system to organize both small and large medical supplies.
In the end, the mission was accomplished. A new high density system gave the facility additional medical supply storage capacity and improved efficiencies.
Contact Us for Help Storing Supplies at Your Medical Facility
Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for high density storage systems to help improve access to supplies at medical facilities. We will even provide a free consultation to determine your exact needs before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.