Case Study: McLaren Fetal Monitor Carts
Products that solve problems.
At medViron, we strongly believe in the power of our customers to drive innovation. We listen to the needs of healthcare professionals and create products that serve those needs.
It’s this commitment that inspired the design of our fetal monitor carts.
In December 2017, McLaren Greater Lansing in Michigan announced the consolidation of its two Lansing area hospitals into a new $450 million campus. MedViron bassinets and overbed tables were selected for the new facility.
Originally, a competitor’s fetal monitor carts were selected. Within the year, McLaren realized there was a problem: the monitor cart first selected did not fit between the bed and other storage. They would need a cart tailor made for their maternity suites.
Luckily, we were up for the challenge. Within two days of hearing of McLaren’s predicament, the medViron team was onsite meeting with the project engineer, the manager, and the nurse educator for the birthing center. We took measurements of the space and listened to the client’s needs, problems, and goals related to the monitor cart. Over the next few months, we got to work creating a prototype that addressed those concerns.
One major complaint they cited was one that nearly every maternity birthing room has: sometimes the computers and monitors must be reset during a birth and the nurses have to get down on all fours and crawl around the back of the monitor cart, find the offending unit, and reset it. This creates numerous problems–from ergonomics to the fact that a nurse is crawling around in a non-sterile area. The medViron team engineered a genius solution: a super accessible side access panel for electronic components.
Another difficulty cited by McLaren concerned cleanability. Their caregivers often had to access the drawer using a non-sterile glove, leaving the drawer contaminated. To solve for this, we added two removable autoclavable drawers, allowing their team to easily sterilize the entire drawer between each patient.
After a few months of collaboration with McLaren, the perfect monitor cart was born. Our adaptable processes provided McLaren the ability to create a cart that solved the real-life problems of their caregivers (and caregivers across the world).