To best facilitate battery swapping, each cart should be equipped with two battery pockets, and the facility should be equipped with Charge Stations (CS). Each of these CC will simultaneously support two battery packs.
Each cart will exchange batteries at the CC by removing the battery from the cart, replacing it with a newly charged battery from the CC and placing the depleted battery in the CC. When the second battery is not in the cart, it will be necessary to first attach the cart to a wall outlet to maintain power to the computer during the exchange. For this reason, it is wise to have a wall outlet near the CC.
Most hospitals choose to ease this process further by the use of two pockets on the cart. That allows a swapping event to begin by dropping the fresh battery in before pulling the [nearly] depleted battery, and reduces the per-cart battery count from 3:1 down to 2:1.
The FMCPT CC has three services to users:
- It will diagnose and identify failures of a battery pack (if there are any)
- Hospital IT Management has a new level of assurance: FMCPT allows relief to technical support. With other systems, a trouble call requires the [immediate] attention of a technician to remove, diagnose and fix the battery failure. With FMCPT, the user exchanges batteries and moves on
- CC charges batteries
Error codes that are displayed on the CC SOCI accompany disabling failed batteries and provide guidance to users with intuitive messages. Re letter, warning icons and such help even uninitiated users understand that the battery should not be used. In the end, a failed battery is clearly useless- as sign that it needs technician attention before it is used again
Although we claim that our batteries are among the most reliable in our industry, the three services provided by the CC deal efficiently with the situation when failure occurs, and the first two services greatly reduce system costs from lost use and unnecessary diagnosing effort by hospital technicians.
Learn more about our FMCP battery system by visiting the official Scott-Clark Medical website here.