Steel versus Plastic molded Procedure Carts

Everhutch 13 Mar 2023

Used in a wide variety of medical settings, procedure carts are essential equipment. Cost, size, maneuverability, load-bearing capabilities and the longevity or lifespan of the product are major selection criteria, but the material used in the construction is a major factor. We explore the differences between molded plastic and steel carts.

Customization Considerations

Plastic molded procedure carts can be inexpensive to purchase and a lower-cost alternative to steel. Although initially a more budget-friendly option, they can be more difficult to customize with set mounting points. The storage space is also likely to be limited, as the external structure of the cart is not strong enough to support additions such as wider drawers or heavier loads. Plastic molded carts also rely on components being clipped together, which can result in an unstable structure overall, with limitations on sizing and versatility. Plastic procedure carts may also fall short in terms of the secure storage of items, and it may also be necessary to purchase additional equipment for items and medical equipment that are required by law to be locked away.

Plastic can scratch easily, creating an infection control issue has these scratches are more difficult to clean. Scratches can also become sharp and hazardous.

EVERHUTCH Procedure Carts

EVERHUTCH carts are constructed from an 18 gauge steel shell with 20-gauge steel drawers. The limited lifetime guarantee on these products is a testament to the quality and longevity that a steel procedure cart can offer. Larger, fully extendable drawers are able to withstand the weight of the heaviest medical equipment without compromising the structure or integrity of the cart itself. Corrosion from heavy use or frequent cleaning is not an issue for the EVERHUTCH range, with additions such as the non-touch UV CLEAN by proximity system, as well as a chemical-resistant powder topcoat. Integrated seams and welded finishes mean that there is no likelihood of corrosion or breakage.

Brackets and rails can be fixed into any position, meaning that the full range of available accessories can be added to the cart for a completely versatile and adaptable workstation that can serve the needs of any department. The Paladin healthcare equipment management rail system provides completely interchangeable components that can be customized to suit the precise needs of a department.

Concerns over the heavier weight of steel constructed products are alleviated, with the full ability to manoeuvre EVERHUTCH procedure carts easily, with plate-mounted swivel and fully lockable caster wheels.

Steel construction also offers a fully secure and lockable cart option so that drugs, medications, and costly medical equipment can be stored safely and in line with legal requirements. Having these items on hand and ready to use at the point of care delivery, rather than stored elsewhere, also improves staff workflow and time management.

Overall, whilst a steel constructed procedure cart may be an initially more costly option for healthcare facilities, the lifespan, durability, and versatility of the product mean that it is a far more cost-effective option in maximizing usage and utilizing space. Steel constructed procedure carts can withstand a heavier workload, provide more stable and spacious storage, and can be multi-functional across departments, in sharp contrast with their plastic moulded counterparts.