Hospitals never have a dull day. Healthcare professionals have the challenging job of providing care, food and comfort during what can be an extremely difficult time in a person’s life. The food and delivery process can directly influence whether a patient is completely satisfied with their stay. Transporting food quickly and inside a cart that promotes air circulation helps maintain food quality up until delivery. Besides the quality of the food, it is also important to streamline the delivery process so that it doesn’t interfere with the other procedures happening at the hospital. Cambro Meal Delivery Carts have three major features that help hospitals complete these goals daily:
Cambro Meal Delivery Carts are extremely quiet thanks to nylon casters, a polyethylene exterior and molded in shelf rails. The 450-bed AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson, SC, had used stainless steel carts for more than 20 years before trying Cambro’s 16-Tray Meal Delivery Carts. John Starks, QA Manager of Food Nutrition Services at AnMed, says his employees saw a major difference in reduced noise when using the Cambro carts. Stainless steel carts are often noisy and rattle because their shelf rails aren’t permanently connected. Cambro Meal Delivery Carts all have molded in rails that eliminate this unwanted noise. Patient satisfaction inevitably goes up when they’re not constantly listening to loud carts rolling down the hallways while trying to rest.
“The walk for the individuals taking the trays and coming back per meal is [a total of] three miles. We put about a mile per meal on the cart,” said Starks.
When hospital staff are transporting carts up to three miles a day, the absence of rattling metal is a huge benefit all parties involved.
Maintain Food Quality
Hospital food is becoming more and more important to improving patient satisfaction scores. As expectations increase for food everywhere, hospitals have to work hard to meet them. When hospitals are providing three complete meals to patients each day, it is important to have a piece of equipment that is dependable. Cambro’s 16, 20 and 30 Tray Meal Delivery Carts have louvered vents on the back to promote air circulation, optimizing food quality. For Cambro’s 10 Tray model, there is a center opening inside the cart that optimizes food quality by promoting airflow.
Easy to Maneuver
At any time of the day, hospital hallways are bustling with activity. It can be difficult to navigate through hallways when there are numerous carts, gurneys and people that become obstacles.
With Cambro’s Meal Delivery Carts, staff members can easily wheel meals around corners and through hallways. The carts’ polyethylene material and nylon casters make them especially light and mobile.
“[The Cambro Meal Delivery Carts] have bigger wheels on them, so they are actually a lot easier to handle…as far as turning and pulling them,” said Starks.
When staff members wheel carts miles a day, it is important to make them as efficient and manageable as possible. All meal delivery carts have molded-in, ergonomic handles to keep carts compact and easy to steer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ADRIANA DESIDERIO IS THE DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER AT CAMBRO.