Storage is something that every business always needs and should be treated as a priority purchase. Unless you run a multinational corporation and can afford to have hangar-sized spaces just for storage, it makes sense to have a space-saving, efficient and reliable method to store your products. While it may not be the face of your business, practical storage is essential to its smooth operation. Storage also needs to be affordable, durable and work effectively for years to come.
If your business is in the medical industry there are some key things you should be aware of when choosing healthcare storage solutions.
The medical industry is always growing and is constantly in need of storage solutions. Healthcare has its own criteria when it comes to storage, depending on what needs to be stored. Everything from drugs to instruments and sterile equipment has to be placed on racks and shelves in hospitals and pharmacies.
Why would you need storage?
Hospitals and other medical facilities are filled with files. Patient data, hospital related information, hard files like scans and X-ray images, as well as lab reports and other test results. There are also highly sensitive documents that need to be securely stored such as patient histories, insurance forms, bills and other sensitive documents. In these situations panel shelves, moving racks and other methods of storing files are both practical and secure.
Health and hygiene
It goes without saying that storage racks and other shelving design in Auckland for medical facilities have to be clean and sometimes even sterile. Every package, especially ones that hold equipment and other patient care items have to be sterile until they are opened for use. While they are likely to be packaged in such a way that ensures their usability when needed, it doesn’t mean they can be stored in an haphazard manner.
Here are some guidelines on medical supply laboratory storage proposed by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
- The type of storage system to use depends on two things – the type of environment the packages will be kept in and the type of packages that will be stored. The handling of the goods should also be considered. It is important to note that there are a number of medical shelving options on the market; from stainless steel wire racks to plastic modular shelves.
- Medical equipment shelving can be open and uncovered if it is in a confined area like a storage room that is properly ventilated. In such areas, the number of people going in and out will be few and only those qualified to handle the packages will have access. In high traffic areas of a facility closed cabinets are recommended.
- There are a number of specific instructions as to how high off the ground sterile equipment will have to be and how high off the ceiling sprinklers and air ducts should be.
- Surgical items, as well as other such sensitive supplies, must not be stored near sinks, pipes or any other points within the room that could wet the equipment. This appplies even if they are packed in safe and rigid containers and packets.
- Medical storage units should be heavier in the middle to ensure that they are easy to manoeuvre and can bear the weight of heavy medical equipment.
Medical shelving in New Zealand
Novalok is an industry leader when it comes to medical shelving in New Zealand. Novalok supply medical grade shelving to every major city and town from Auckland to Wellington and Christchurch to Dunedin. If you are looking for medical storage solutions for your business, or would like to upgrade your existing systems, just visit the Novalok website at www.novalok.co.nz for full details and specifications of our products.