In the healthcare industry, the efficiency of the storage system can mean the difference between life and death. In light of this, it is imperative to ensure that the medical staff has fast and easy access to all the medical equipment that they might require. Many things have to be taken into consideration when designing a storage system.
The location of the storage room(s) and the kind of equipments stored in this/these room(s) must be taken into account. One of the better ways to store is with high density storage. Besides storing a lot of equipment in a single space for easy accessibility, a lot of expensive floor space is saved that can then be put to other uses.
Benefits of high density storage
There are several benefits in utilizing a high density storage strategy. Firstly, your efficiency increases by leaps and bounds. You can position more supplies near where they are needed the most. This will really help in moving supplies from storage to operating rooms during critical times such as a natural catastrophe when you may have a huge inflow of victims.
High density storage also frees up floor space that can be used for other purposes. If your supplies are stored in a spread out manner, it will take a longer for medical staff to find the supplies they need.
With good cataloging of equipment in high density storage, the required supplies can be found much more quickly. Freeing up all that floor space will also increase the mobility of medical staff that can now move supplies to the operating room more quickly.
Types of storage solutions
High density storage systems are built in such a fashion so as to save as much of the available space without compromising on the accessibility or degradation of quality of the inventory. By using intelligent storage systems, you can store up to 100% more equipment in a given space. You can also save more than 50% more floor space.
Many intelligent systems also provide added security for stored equipment. These storage systems can be powered, mechanically-assisted or manual depending on your needs. There are several ways to design an effective high density storage system.
Shelving involves storing equipment in a number of huge racks that are designed to be integrated with the rest of the structure. This helps to streamline the accessibility of inventory. These are built to accommodate inventory of different weights that can be arranged in an optimal manner so as to reduce clutter.
Fixed aisles occupy a lot of non-productive space. To utilize this space as and when needed, mobile storage involves the inventory being stored in racks that are themselves a part of an integral structure mounted on wheels that move on rails.
This way, an entire storage structure can be repositioned as and when needed thus further increasing efficiency and improving the utilization of floor space.