How to select the right trolleys for your hospital

By: Yolanda Smith, MedicalSearch Writer
08 December, 2015

In a hospital setting, having access to the right trolleys can make a significant difference to the ease of transportation around the hospital and the quality of care you can provide to your patients.

With the extensive range available, it can be daunting to make the right choice when selecting trolleys. This how-to guide is designed to walk you through the process.

Recognise Different Types

The first step is to understand that there are different types of hospital trolleys available, so that you can get an idea of the options available. There are:

  • Patient transport trolleys: used for taking patients to different areas of the hospital, usually a bed-style trolley
  • Shower trolleys: designed to allow patients to be washed inside a portable device, usually a bath-style trolley
  • Medication trolleys: used to transport medications and other equipment around the hospital to different patient, usually a cabinet-style trolley

When you are aware of the different types available, it is easier to make a coherent decision about which trolleys are best for you.

Consider Your Needs

The specific requirements of your individual medical practice is the next important consideration. Each practice has unique needs and, as a result, the right trolleys will differ accordingly.

You should think about the space available in your hospital and the range of distance the trolleys will be expected to travel. Sturdy wheels that will last the test of time are needed for large environments where they will be used frequently. Storage space for the trolleys when they are not in use can also be an issue for some hospitals.

Additionally, how you use the trolley and how they fit into your provision of patient care should be considered. Will they be used for multiple patients of all shapes and sizes? Or will a standard model suffice?

Look For Relevant Features

When you are aware of your specific needs, the next step is to seek out the specific features that will fit your practice best. You should consider:  

  • Flexibility
  • Durability
  • Brand Trust
  • Affordability
  • Comfort
  • Size
  • Wheels strength

Each of these factors are important but different hospitals will priorise them according to their needs and you should decide which ones are critical for your requirements.

Weigh up the Pros and Cons

In most cases, the perfect solution does not exist and you need to decide which option is the most suited to your circumstances. It is helpful to weigh up the pros and cons of possible models to do this and make the best selection.

Selecting the right trolleys for your hospital can make a noticeable difference for both your patients and staff in the service and care that is offered, so it's important that you get it right.