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Lee S #30580 08/05/08 8:58 AM
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Oh yes, the spec must include big wheels (five inches minimum, but bigger would be even better). Plus rubber tyres. Solid will do, but pneumatic would be better (just as long as you keep a pump handy)! Two wheels only need to be castors (and have brakes).

I would forget about stainless steel. A bright, plasticised paint finish would be my choice. For the library role, I would go for "baskets" rather than "flat top" tiers. Probably a deep one on top, and a shallow one below (for leads, papers etc). I'm undecided about the buckets! smile


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"ITS JUST A TROLLY" Calm down! calm down!

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Eddie #30590 08/05/08 10:10 AM
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No, Mate ... that's just where you're wrong, I'm afraid. How many times do you see staff struggling with the "wrong" cart? Just open your eyes when you're out in the wards and corridors today!

When I was involved in new hospital projects, the whole issue of "trolleys" was a big deal (well, for those of us who took the work seriously, that is)!

Circulation and Capacities Studies can include stuff like (just a taste so as not to bore you too much):-

Trucks-v-Trolleys-v-Carts
- trucks have a handle (or towing bar)
- trolleys are either tall or long
- carts are small and low (hip height)

... but "carts" is as good a generic term as any.

And a good (or should I say efficient) hospital is run on carts! As much as possible should be mobile (ie, on wheels). As we know, there are many types of cart (case carts, janitors' carts, all the distribution stuff - ward supplies, linen et al, plus all the kitchen stuff ... etc.).

Good design is good design, whether its an operating suite ... or the janitors' cart (...or, for that matter, patient monitors, anaesthesia systems ... or computer software)! Beats me how you can make light of such an important matter! wink


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Sorry mate, I stand corrected, I seem to have fallen off mine long ago! I was thinking sort of minimum standard not nascar!

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Eddie #30597 08/05/08 10:34 AM
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No worries, Mate, it's an oft-neglected area. But, when you think about it for a moment or two, it really is quite important. Whichever trolley JoLee goes for (or gets given), she will be stuck with it (day in, day out) for what, ten years or more? So why (should she) settle for "minimum"? Like everything else (toolkits come to mind), it's best to sit down and think about it, and then get it right from the start. smile


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If you really are stuck i also believe NASA are doing a nice range their top of the range model will even take you into space and bring you back again. (its just a cart, well its used to carry stuff)
Cant believe Bristol Maid will match that.

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Lol, ask Dave to give us a guided tour!

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I'm not going to bite, guys (mainly on the grounds that I am right, and you are wrong)!

But suffice to say, why not try struggling around the hospital yourself for a day (or better yet, a week), collecting kit with an inadequate old cart that you found somewhere, then come back and tell us how you feel about the issue! smile


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That's not biting, then Geoff? wink

Huw #30606 08/05/08 1:18 PM
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As is well known, Mate, my bark is worse than my bite! smile


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