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Hello, I am in need of some assistance in finding carts for our acute dialysis unit. The carts need to hold the portable ro,carbon tanks and the dialysis machine. We currently have 2008k machines and Better water RO's. The carts we are using now were made by better water but are too hard for our staff to push. This is because most of the time they are moving them on carpeted floors betweeen patient rooms. They are hoping to find something that is motorized. Thanks in advance for everyones help!
 
Posts: 24 | Location: SE SD | Registered: 27 November 2005Report This Post
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svh,

I've looked in the past and was unable to find anything that the clinic would pay for. I know what you're talking about with the Better Water carts. We've got about 20 in the area and they suck. We were able to find some bigger, polyurethane (spelling?) wheels that have helped a little, but it's still not quite enough. I guess the clinic would rather pay workmen's comp than buy motorized carts? Makes sense.


Matt
 
Posts: 574 | Location: Midwest | Registered: 22 December 2002Report This Post
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I also had the same problem. We switched to having the Better Water portable RO in a separate 4 wheel cart & the Fresenius k machine was adapted with the big caster wheels. It is a little time consuming to push one machine at a time but the staff is better off and it has helped eliminate back injuries.
 
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Try contacting Total Quality Medical. They have a new lightweight cart that is getting ready to hit the market - 800-300-8776
 
Posts: 4 | Location: Youngstown, Ohio | Registered: 12 March 2005Report This Post
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Jug master,

The problem isn't with the weight of the carts it's with the weight on the carts. The carbon tanks we use are at least 50 lbs each. The machine is about 180 lbs. The RO is about 95 lbs. Plus all the other supplies and stuff that they pack on top of the machine and strap to the cart, we're talking about a minimum of 400 lbs. That's being optimistic. Pushing 400 lbs around, especially with carpet and other odd surfaces in hospitals, you're just asking for someone to get hurt. I'm sure a light weight cart does help, but in the scheme of things it's just a small percentage of the weight problem. Management should do the right thing and prevent injury with motorized carts. Just my 2 cents.

Matt
 
Posts: 574 | Location: Midwest | Registered: 22 December 2002Report This Post
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When i worked in Cali i had six Hospital's to take care. Couple of the hospital's had the Better water setup, i think it worked great. Whenever i was done doing Maintenance to the Mini R.O. and Dialysis Machine, i would have the whole system stripped of all the crap the nurse's would pile on that machine. That Machine would usually consist of a container full of all the tape gauze, you name it, then a full days worth of saline, bicarb, acid, bleach containers(not to mention spilling on the machine eating up the paint cause they dont bother to clean up their mess) and lines. What nurse's should be doing is having a seperate cart for their supplies. not using the Machine for transportation. But the problem is They wont make to trip's cause it's gonna delay their treatment time which also mean's cutting into payed per treatment cost. sooner they get in, sooner they get out, all payed they same, i know cause, i know some acute nurse's. Sorry for blabbing on, but no matter what cart you get, they will always complain, about pushing that machine.Im out.
 
Posts: 121 | Location: Texas | Registered: 28 October 2005Report This Post
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There is a company in Minnesota that manufactures motorized carts, including one for transporting portable ROs and dialysis machines. Here is there web address: http://www.phswest.com/index.htm

No, I am not affiliated with this company in any way.
 
Posts: 1 | Location: Seattle, WA | Registered: 26 December 2005Report This Post
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