Healthcare facilities are one place where you cannot compromise on performance. Patients rely on health care professionals, and health care professionals rely on their equipment. Any devices used in a healthcare environment must run continuously, and ready to use at a moment’s notice.
With the need for continual power, comes problems: devices cannot always be plugged in. Take medical carts as an example. They run various electronic components and often have integrated or attached computers or other devices, which all need power. Since those carts are mobile, they can’t be attached to a wall outlet all the time, and here is where you need medical cart batteries.
Battery Requirements in a Healthcare Setting
Consider specific characteristics for a medical cart battery to ensure your medical equipment runs smoothly.
Long Lasting Power
Practitioners with medical carts are always on the move. They need their medical cart battery to last many hours. A battery that will give out after a couple of hours is not worth the investment.
Ability to Hold a Charge
Also, batteries must be able to hold a charge when not in use. If the cart is put away overnight with a full or partially charged battery, it should have near the same charge in the morning.
Long Life Span
Constant use can take a toll on batteries. Medical carts and devices need batteries that can handle regular use and frequent recharging without giving out quickly. Any battery in a medical facility needs to last a long time under heavy use.
Swappable batteries are a nice feature to consider. Having swappable medical cart batteries can significantly extend the use time of a medical cart or another device. These batteries can be changed out for fully powered ones without turning off your devices. This allows you to keep going even when you don’t have time to plug in.
Ease of Cleaning
Since many batteries for carts and other devices are external, they will get dirty. Having a batter with an easy to clean plastic shell is a good idea. Most plastic can tolerate being wiped down with an alcohol wipe. Just make sure there are no exposed electrical connections or components to prevent electrocution risk.
When purchasing any healthcare equipment, keep in mind that batteries should not have any sharp edges or pieces that might catch on a cord, patient, or practitioner.
Silent batteries might be preferable in certain situations to keep beeping from disturbing patients.