Adapting medical carts to their environment to mitigate problems

16-02-2023 | Ultralife | Power

Medical carts deliver an invaluable way for healthcare professionals to transport the wealth of electronic devices that speed up data entry and communication throughout emergencies (such as laptops and tablet computers). As such, demand for carts is on the rise. Medical battery manufacturer, Ultralife, has been manufacturing cart-mountable power solutions for nearly ten years, so has a good knowledge of the scenarios that this equipment may face in the field, and how to assure the devices that are being transported are powered effectively. To share this knowledge, Ultralife has produced an infographic that can be downloaded from the company’s website.

The medical cart market is anticipated to grow at a rate of 13.9% per annum until 2026. Factors behind this growth include advancements in manoeuvrability and an expansion in the number of footprints to select from. With this increased demand, however, comes a heightened necessity to understand and mitigate any difficulties these carts may face in the field.

Therefore, design engineers, electrical engineers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can use the infographic to learn more about the importance of integrating power solutions that address issues around performance, reliability and safety. For example: How can the power system help the cart to fit into confined spaces or successfully power all the electronic devices it needs to? What safety features are contained within the batteries to prevent against misuse?

“By getting answers to these questions, OEMs and design engineers should be able to make an informed decision about which type of power solution is best-suited to their needs, based on the type of cart they have and the electronic devices they are powering,” explained Robert Brown, Marketing Executive at Ultralife.

“As with all transportable equipment, the design trend for medical carts is to make them smaller and lighter. For this reason, an ever-increasing number of hospitals are using compact pole/mobile carts to power devices that require USB-C or USB-A power only — a trend that saw Ultralife develop the X5-LITE cradle.”

Larger carts may still be used to transport bigger and more power-hungry devices, such as printers. For those carts, Ultralife offers the X5 Power System.


By Seb Springall

Seb Springall is a seasoned editor at Electropages, specialising in the product news sections. With a keen eye for the latest advancements in the tech industry, Seb curates and oversees content that highlights cutting-edge technologies and market trends.