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Elective Surgeries are Back on Track

Elective Surgeries are Back on Track

COVID-19 has affected our healthcare system dramatically, with hospitals having to completely shift gears in order to treat patients infected with the coronavirus. This shift changed what procedures hospitals were able to complete after having to make room in beds for COVID patients. One of the areas of care that almost completely stopped was elective surgeries.  


Elective surgeries are all types of surgical procedures which do not pose an immediate health threat or qualify as an emergency. This doesn’t mean that they are optional, rather it means that they can be scheduled in advance. Elective surgeries range from less vital cosmetic surgeries such as removing a wart or mole, to very serious and important procedures like removing a kidney stone or a hip replacement. Elective surgeries are an essential part of healthcare and keeping the country healthy in the long term 


While the coronavirus pandemic is not yet over, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally appearing, and with that light comes the return of normal healthcare procedures, including long put-off elective surgeries. In fact, a study done by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that there will be a cumulative backlog of about 1 million elective surgeries 2 years after the end of elective surgery deferment. This means that it’s going to take quite some time before our healthcare system returns to normal, even after the end of COVID-19 concerns.  


The end of the deferment of elective surgeries certainly seems like it’s beginning, as many reports of hospitals beginning to perform elective surgeries again have come out over the past few weeks. Coronavirus cases are down, but even more importantly, coronavirus patients that are in need of hospital care are down as well, which has opened up space for facilities to perform other procedures once again.  


With all of the changes that hospitals had to make in order to care for coronavirus patients, it may take a little time getting back to normal functioning because facilities changed how their equipment was being used. With that in mind, it is very important for hospitals to make sure that they have the right equipment in operating rooms for elective surgeries.  


Some of the most important equipment that is necessary in an OR are good quality surgical case carts. Keeping an OR sterile and disinfected has always been of utmost importance in hospitals, but with the COVID-19 pandemic not quite behind us yet, it is even more crucial. One of the best ways to maintain a sterile environment is to utilize equipment which can be cleaned and disinfected very quickly and easily.  


Lakeside’s stainless steel closed case carts are the perfect solution for transporting surgical tools and supplies into the OR. Stainless steel is one of the easiest materials to sanitize and ensure that no germs are being transported along with the essential equipment. Lakeside also offers case carts in various sizes and configurations in order to work perfectly in any healthcare facility.  



A great option for a facility in need of smaller capacity and very maneuverable cart would be the 6930 Classic Case Cart. The cart is 39” tall and utilizes all-welded stainless steel construction for top-of-the-line durability and quality. The cart includes 270° opening doors for easy access with a pull-out stainless wire shelf. The 6930 also comes standard with a paddle latch to secure contents during transport. Additionally, the cart is highly configurable and customizable with all of the accessories that your facility may need.  



Another awesome option if your facility is in need of some more space is the 6945P Classic Case Cart. This cart comes equipped with all of the same great features as the 6930, but on bigger frame. The cart is 54” tall and boasts two stainless wire shelves in the double door frame. This product is a great solution for added workspace as well as transporting essential surgical supplies. Built on 4 premium 6” all-swivel Medcasters with precision ball bearings and two standard brakes, this cart is extremely easy to maneuver around a facility and bring into the OR when it is needed.  



Lakeside has much more to offer than just carts, here’s some other equipment that can improve productivity in the OR.  


Mayo Stands are an essential part of any operating room, and Lakeside has some great options in that department. The Double Post Mayo Stand is constructed of chrome plated steel tubing with a round surface to ensure that there are no corners where dirt or grime can collect. This stand also comes with a removeable stainless steel tray for easy disinfection after use. The tray height is adjustable from 34 to 53 so that it will be the perfect height for any surgeon.  



Instrument Tables are another key part of operating rooms. Lakeside has a line of stainless steel nesting instrument tables for all needs. The stainless steel construction ensures that they can be easily disinfected after use, and will be super durable. Additionally, when not in use, the tables will nest together to take up the least amount of space possible, and can be easily moved to expand work surface area.  



Another great addition to any OR is the Compact Utility StandThis stainless steel stand boasts a 300 lb. capacity and is super versatile. With 3.5” all-swivel casters, the stand is super easy to maneuver and its compact design can fit in tight spaces. The Compact Utility Stand is a perfect solution for operating rooms that need extra work and storage area, but don’t have room for lots of additional equipment.  


With elective surgeries back on track, it is extremely important for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to have all of the right equipment in place. 


Lakeside Manufacturing is here to help, with a full line of Case Carts, as well as tons of other great products for use in the OR. Get in touch, and let us know how we can help your facility get back on track in the return to normalcy! 

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Healthcare Silver Linings from COVID-19

Healthcare Silver Linings from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another.  While 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as a difficult year, there may be some positive takeaways still.  Despite the challenges we have faced around the world, there are some silver linings of the global pandemic from which we can learn and remain optimistic about growth and progress.

1. Unusually Low Flu Cases Across The World

Throughout 2020, we took many measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 such as wearing a mask, socially distancing, and washing our hands frequently. It helped slow the spread of coronavirus, but we did not get completely past the pandemic with this alone. However, taking all of these precautions drastically impacted the influenza virus; another respiratory virus similar to the coronavirus.  


In fact, according to the CDCthere was a 98% decrease in influenza activity compared to previous years. Across the board, flu rates are at historical lows in the United States and around the world. Besides the measures put in place because of COVID, another factor in the low incidence rates of influenza is the increase in vaccinations. There have been over 188 million doses of flu vaccines distributed this year, which is an increase of over 19 million doses compared to the same point in 2019 in the US.  


It’s not clear if the low rates of the flu will continue in the post-pandemic world, but it will depend upon various factors, and what we’ve learned this past year can certainly improve the overall impact of the flu. People are unlikely to continue social distancing and wearing masks once the coronavirus is no longer a threat, but there may be a higher level of awareness surrounding germs and hand hygiene, which could help reduce the number of yearly flu cases.  


It’s possible that if a school becomes highly infected with the flu, that they could switch to virtual learning for a couple of weeks to reduce the community spread. This would be possible because COVID has made the infrastructure available for a school to do this. The same would be possible for many workplaces which have switched to remote working. Additionally, the stigma around staying home sick from work may be reduced, as throughout the pandemic businesses and workers have proved to be successful in working from home.  


2. Technological Advancements in Healthcare 


As the healthcare system began to better understand the pandemic, they were able to adapt to treat patients more strategically in order to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. 


One of the largest growing fields because of this adaptation was telehealth services. Replacing routine office visits with virtual visits is an incredible advancement, although physicians still do have some concerns with completely switching over. Some exams have to be done in person to get a diagnosis that a doctor can be completely confident in, and that won’t change in the near future. On the other hand, mental health services can be done virtually with great effectiveness, and will continue to flourish after the pandemic is over.  


With the pandemic pushing telehealth to the forefront, we can definitely expect some positive changes coming soon. One of the biggest concerns with telehealth and telemedicine, is the lack of coverage by insurers, but this has already improved with the CARES Act of 2020 along with other state legislationMost insurers support an increase in the use of telehealth, and it is expected to continue being covered by more and more insurers in the future.  


Telehealth has been growing steadily over the past decade along with the improvements in technology. In fact, from 2005 to 2017, telemedicine visits were growing at a rate of 52% annually. In 2020, telehealth visits were at an all time high and with all of the successes that it has seen over the course of the pandemic, it will continue to do so, creating easier access to health services for people everywhere. 


3. More Flexible Facilities Better Equipped to Handle Future Pandemic 


When COVID-19 first hit it the US, it hit hard, and many hospitals and other facilities were not equipped to handle it efficiently. This led to many hospitals scrambling to get the right equipment and PPE for their workers to treat patients for coronavirus, and for other sicknesses and injuries that still occurred.


At this point in the pandemic, most hospitals have been able to get the equipment and supplies they need in order to effectively treat patients without too large of a risk for transmission of COVID-19. One of the largest trends that we’ve seen is equipment that improves a facility's ability to be flexible and adapt to different situations. 

This includes all different types of equipment, but the largest focus is on mobile equipment such as medical and supply carts that can be maneuvered around a facility. Furthermore, equipment that can be used to change a room layout, or can be brought to a separate facility like a field hospital has been instrumental in fighting back against the pandemic. 


No matter what happens in the future, whether it’s another pandemic or a different type of public health emergency, our hospitals will be better equipped to handle it with both the knowledge and equipment that was gained through the coronavirus pandemic. 


Nobody will look at the COVID-19 pandemic as a good era in history, but that’s not to say that no good came out of it. We all hope that we will not have to live through another global catastrophe, but if it does, our hospital system will be better prepared with the knowledge and capabilities to deal with it. Telehealth and other technological advancements in medicine are making it easier to access healthcare for people everywhere, and insurers are starting to better cover these services. Although it’s safe to say most people didn’t enjoy the social distancing and other measures taken to reduce the spread of COVID, we’ve seen how effective it can be in diminishing other viruses and diseases such as influenza.  Our world has been overwhelmed with new experiences because of the pandemic, and although it’s been a true test of strength, our healthcare system, and maybe society as a whole, will be much stronger from all the hard lessons learned.


Lakeside is here to offer you various COVID-19 solutions for your healthcare facility! 


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Healthcare Design Trends to Watch in 2021 and Beyond

Healthcare Design Trends to Watch in 2021 and Beyond

2020 was a very difficult year for the healthcare industry as they were faced with so many new challenges, mainly stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. Because of the nature of the highly contagious virus, last year saw some major changes to the design of healthcare facilities, and these changes are likely here to stay. Here are some trends for healthcare construction that the experts expect to continue through 2021:  


1. The Need for More Space  


Healthcare facilities have seen an influx of patients and are realizing that they need more room to accommodate the higher number people seeking care. This need for space can take shape in many different ways, but the main two which we have seen is in widening hallways and enlarging rooms.  


Lots of hospitals are quite large, but you may have noticed that they have fairly narrow hallways. This hasn’t been a big problem in the past, but with the easily transmittable coronavirus around, facilities need to widen their hallways so that patients aren’t crossing paths too closely. Another way to combat this issue is to design more efficient pathways through the building to reduce the amount of people who walk past each other. An example of this would be to designate certain hallways as one way. Widening hallways can be a very expensive renovation, so designing better pathways through the building is a good way to reduce the spread of viruses from patient to patient.  


In addition to wider hallways, healthcare facilities are also noticing a need for more space in general and larger rooms. Hospital rooms need to be able to facilitate more people comfortably and safely, with an appropriate amount of space for social distancing.  


Another trend that helps add space that is expected to continue is flexible facility layouts. Adding dividers or other means of safely separating people is a much cheaper option than fully renovating existing spaces. Adjustable room formats, including mobile equipment like medical carts and tables is a trend that is expected to continue in 2021 and beyond.  


2. Larger Use of Automation in Healthcare Facilities 


New technology is becoming more and more accessible and affordable, and automation technology will continue to boom in healthcare facilities. Whether its automatic opening doorways, touchless faucets and hand sanitizer dispensers, or something else, this trend will surely continue in 2021 and beyond. Additionally, automatic doors come with other benefits besides just reducing the spread of viruses and diseases. These doors can be remotely locked and unlocked, or can require ID to open, meaning that in emergency situations it can be easier to direct patients and staff where they need to go. 


Any way that we can reduce the number of surfaces that patients must touch when going to the hospital is being assessed. With the new awareness of germ and bacteria spread from the COVID-19 pandemic, automation is definitely here to stay. 



3. Safer Waiting Room Areas that Allow for Social Distancing


Waiting rooms in hospitals can get overly crowded and uncomfortable, but we expect this to change in 2021. The coronavirus has opened our eyes to the need for social distancing, especially within our healthcare facilities where people go with various infections and diseases. Waiting rooms must be updated to allow patients to feel comfortable and safe while waiting for their appointment. 

The main concern with waiting room design is that people can be too close to each other, and the longer the wait times, the longer that multiple people will be in close proximity, and the higher the chance of transmitting a virus or disease to one another. So the first change that we expect to see is more space in waiting rooms to allow patients to spread out and allow for social distancing. 

The other factor is that waiting rooms must be easily sanitized and disinfected after patients leave. This means we will likely see an increase in the use of anti-microbial materials in chairs, couches, and other furniture in these spaces. The tricky matter is to provide comfortability to the facility’s visitors while they wait, but to also provide the best safety measures. This could mean a change in the style of seating to provide less armrests in order to dissuade people from touching many different spots. Regardless of how each facility decides to handle it, we can expect a safer and more spread out waiting room area to continue to trend in 2021.


4. Better HVAC Systems


HVAC systems are essential in large buildings including hospitals, but if used incorrectly they can lead to the spread of airborne diseases and viruses throughout the facility. In 2021, we will likely see healthcare facilities investing in upgrading their HVAC systems in order to prevent the spread of germs. There are already high standards in healthcare HVAC, but it is possible that the experts will consider a re-standardization of the HVAC systems used in healthcare facilities after seeing how a super contagious virus like COVID-19 has been able to spread through them. Without a doubt, hospitals and other healthcare facilities will continue updating HVAC systems to ensure the safety of their staff and patients. 

2020 was a defining year for the healthcare industry. With all the bad things that happened throughout the year, there are some silver linings, and one of them may be the advancements that healthcare facilities have made to make it safer for patients to get care. While not all of the trends we’ve seen throughout the last year will continue after a return to normalcy, the healthcare industry will surely never be the same. A big emphasis has been put on the safety of patients no matter what may come our way, and the hospitals will be much better prepared to face a global pandemic in the future



As a supplier to the healthcare industry, Lakeside Manufacturing stays on top of news and trends in healthcare, and is here to provide hospitals with any equipment they need to take their services to the next level. 

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Essential Products for Immunization

Essential Products for Immunization

As we all know, COVID vaccines are starting to be administered to the public and although we wish it was, it’s not an easy process. In fact, administering enough vaccines to get past the pandemic is extremely complex as there are so many small details that must be considered. With all the precarious aspects of administering vaccines to such a large number of people, no healthcare facility should have to worry about having the right equipment in place in order to give out the shots. That’s why Lakeside Manufacturing has immunization station essential products to facilitate the whole process and allow our healthcare workers to focus on their patients. 


Here are just some of our products that will simplify the immunization process 

PPE Storage Cart  



The perfect cart for PPE storage can be made even better for your facility with many customization options available. Whether it’s for inside your facility or an offsite vaccination clinic, this portable cart solves all of your problems with storing PPE and other essential supplies. 


Universal Sharps Container Bracket 



Every vaccine that you administer leaves you with a needle that you must dispose of. The universal sharps container bracket makes it easy to secure a sharps container to your cart for quick and easy disposal. The bracket works with multiple sizes of sharps containers with adjustable 36” nylon straps and a Velcro fastener to secure the container. 


Cold Storage Hyperthermia Cart 



One of the trickiest parts about the COVID vaccine is the fact that it must be kept and stored at a very low temperature, but the Cold Storage Hyperthermia Cart makes this much easier to do. This cart comes equipped with an integrated refrigerator with easy to use touch controls as well as a vented back with power cord and power controls. The standard color is two-toned blue and telegraph gray, but is available in 22 other color options to fit in seamlessly with your facilities scheme. The cart also comes with a removable plastic top and vertical push handles so that you can bring the vaccines wherever they are needed. 


Compact PPE Storage Cart



The compact PPE Storage Cart is the perfect solution for transporting and storing smaller amounts of PPE to vaccine administration sites. Weighing only 60 lbs. with 4” quiet med non-marking, anti-thread casters, this compact cart is very easy to maneuver around to ensure accessible PPE in all parts of a facility.


High-Volume Enclosed PPE Storage Cart 


If your facility is in need of a larger storage space for PPE, this High-Volume Enclosed PPE Storage Cart is the answer. All-welded stainless steel construction guarantees top-notch durability and makes the cart easy to sanitize. The cart comes equipped with leg and handle bumpers to reduce any chance of damage to the cart, doorways, walls, or other equipment. It’s available in three different shelf sizes to ensure your PPE and other supplies are configured just how you like them, while the blue nylon cart cover keeps everything safe from airborne dust and dirt. 


300 Lb. Capacity Utility Cart 


The timeless classic, our 311 Utility Cart is built with all stainless steel to provide the highest level of strength and durability. This utility cart lives up to its name as it can be used in so many different applications, but it’s also extremely helpful for setting up immunization sites. It’s the perfect cart to attach a sharps container with the universal sharps container bracket, and be able to hold heavy loads of supplies.


Compact Utility Stand 


The Compact Utility Stand is a great solution for extra storage and work space and boasts an impressive carrying capacity of 300 lbs. It comes equipped with a top drawer and available locking systems to secure any valuable supplies. This stand is constructed with stainless steel which provides superb strength and durability, as well as making it an easy product to disinfect and sanitize. The stand improves immunization spaces as a very multi-functional piece of equipment. 


Instrument Table with Undershelf


This instrument table adds plenty of extra work surface, while adding storage space with an integrated undershelf. This additional work space is perfect for remote prepping areas and a great solution for immunization spaces that need a little extra room to prep. Additionally, this table is a rapid response quick-ship product, meaning that your facility can start benefiting from it almost immediately after ordering. 


Plastic Utility Cart

This 300lb. capacity plastic utility cart is an excellent option for any facility that needs some extra mobile storage space for administering vaccines. The shelves are blow molded and double walled for additional durability while the polyethylene material attracts less dirt and debris. This competitively priced cart includes non-marking casters and an keyboard integrated push handle for excellent maneuverability, as well as ABS injection molded legs. 


The immunization process is extremely complicated for everyone involved, but we want to make things easier for the healthcare professionals that have been on the front lines fighting the pandemic since it started. With so many small details to have to be figured out, healthcare facilities should not have to worry about having the right equipment in place in order to administer the vaccines. Lakeside Manufacturing is here to help with tons of specialized equipment that is perfect for setting up immunization sites.


Check out some of our other great products that are available for quick-ship, and contact us with any questions or for a quote!  


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Classic Crash Carts: The Solution for Health Emergencies

Classic Crash Carts: The Solution for Health Emergencies

Crash carts are an essential part of every hospital’s equipment and can improve a doctor’s ability to save a life with their readily available essential supplies. Every healthcare facility that may have to deal with emergency health situations should have crash carts on hand, and Lakeside Manufacturing offers many different types and configurations to ensure that your facility is covered.  


The Classic Crash Cart line is super customizable, built sturdy, and the perfect solution for any hospital. The Classic Crash Carts are available in four different sizes: 


  • 25 x 32 x 36 ¾ in  

  • The smallest model in the classic line - comes with 21 in. drawer capacity, and ships at 150 lbs.  

  • 25 x 32 x 39 ¾ in 

  • The next step up in size - this model has 24 in. of drawer capacity and also ships at 150 lbs.  

  • 25 x 32 x 42 ¾ in 

  • The second largest in the Classic line -  has a spacious 27 inch drawer capacity and ships at 180 lbs.  

  • 25 x 32 x 46 ¼ in 

  • The largest in the Classic Crash Cart line - boasts a 30 inch drawer capacity and ships at 185 lbs.  


With all the different sizing options, you’ll be sure to find the ideal cart for your facility. Although all the models are different in size, they share some great attributes including: 


Breakaway Locks: All of the Classic Crash Carts come equipped with breakaway locks to be used with plastic seals. These locks are the perfect way to make sure that the contents have not been tampered with and to let you know when a drawer has been opened so you can replace the supplies or medications.  


Twin Ergonomic Push Handles: The twin ergo push handles play a critical role in improving the carts functionality. Crash carts are mostly used in health emergencies and when there is no time to spare, wasting time getting the cart where it has to be is unacceptable. These push handles make it easy to transport the cart to the patient regardless of which personnel are in charge of moving it, and the ergonomic design ensures that your workers won’t have to deal with any pains after moving the cart.  


5” Sealed Bearing, Non-marking Casters: The classic line of crash carts comes with these world-class casters to provide quiet mobility whenever the crash cart needs to be used. Nobody wants to hear squeaking and other unruly noises whenever they have to transport a cart, and rest assured that you won’t with the Classic Crash Carts.  


Finish and Color Options: The Classic Crash Carts come in two different frames, either powder-coated steel or aluminum frames. The carts also are available in a variety of colors in order to fit in seamlessly with any facility’s color scheme.  


In addition to all of these top-of-the-line standard features, Lakeside offers amazing accessory packages to customize your crash cart to work perfectly in any hospital’s system. These packages truly take the crash cart to the next level and the carts are designed to easily attach and implement all of the additional features. The options for accessory packages include:  


  1. Standard Classic Crash Cart Accessory Package  

  • I.V. Pole 

  • Cardiac Board 

  • HD Railing  

  • Plastic Seals (100 in package)  

  • Oxygen Tank Brackets 


  1. Elite Classic Crash Cart Accessory Package  

  • I.V. Pole 

  • Cardiac Board 

  • HD Railing 

  • 4 3” Trays, 8 Long and 16 Short Dividers  

  • 2 5” Trays, 2 Long and 4 Short Dividers 

  • Plastic Seals (100 in package) 

  • Side Shelf 

  • Oxygen Tank Brackets 


  1. Ultimate Classic Crash Cart Accessory Package  

  • I.V. Pole 

  • Cardiac Board 

  • Utility Hooks 

  • 4 3” Trays, 8 Long and 16 Short Dividers 

  • 2 5” Trays, 2 Long and 4 Short Dividers 

  • Tray with Lid and Dividers 

  • Label Holders 

  • Suction Unit Holder 

  • Tilt 5-Bin Unit  

  • Plastic Seals (100 in package) 

  • Side Shelf 

  • Electric Outlet Strip 

  • Oxygen Tank Brackets 


With the different accessory kit options, the classic crash cart line is super customizable and sure to be the ideal fit in any hospital or other healthcare facility. Whether your facility just needs the standard crash cart configuration, or the ultimate accessory package, Lakeside Manufacturing’s Classic Crash Carts have got it covered.  



Get in touch with us for more details or a quote! Give us a call at 414.902.6400, or email us at [email protected] and we'll work with you to design the perfect crash cart for your facility! 

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Crash Course on Crash Carts

Hospital Hallway

What is a Crash Cart?  


Crash cart is a general term that applies to a mobile cart containing everything needed to administer care immediately in the case of an emergency. Although they may slightly differ in looks and specific contents, every facility that may have to deal with a sudden health emergency should have a crash cart on hand.  


What goes in a Crash Cart? 


Crash carts are designed so that everything that may be needed to deal with an emergency is readily available. Most crash carts have at least five drawers, with the smallest drawer size at the top and the largest drawer on the bottom. This common design makes it simple for healthcare workers to recognize the cart, and know where the medication or supplies that they need will be.  



On top of most crash carts, you will find a biphasic defibrillator with adult paddles and adult multi-purpose pads, along with pads and paddles for infants visible next to itAlong with the defibrillator, the NIH suggests placing Ambu-bags, with facemasks and oxygen tube connectors in both adult and child sizes on one side. On the other side, they recommend placing a compressed oxygen tank along with a CPR backboard on the back of the cart.  



The top couple of drawers in a crash cart should contain essential resuscitation medications that are all clearly marked and sorted. These drawers will usually be compartmentalized in order to allow medications to be stored separately and be visible at first glance.  


The third drawer is usually designated to contain all the supplies needed to establish peripheral intravenous access rapidly. This includes things like angiocatheters, needles, alcohol wipes, syringes and much more.  


The fourth drawer of many crash carts is designed to store respiratory equipment and supplies.  


The fifth drawer is mainly designated for holding larger supplies and instruments that are needed for special emergency procedures such as central venous catheters, intraosseous kits, chest tubes, thoracostomy kits, suture sets, trauma tourniquets and more.  


How to use a Crash Cart efficiently 


The biggest factor when it comes to using crash carts effectively is organization. Healthcare personnel should not have to struggle to find the supplies they need in the case of an emergency, and the best way to ensure this is a well-organized and stocked crash cart. One great way to keep everything in order is a laminated list of the contents of each drawer that is placed on the outside of each drawer in clear sight. Another technique to keep medications clear and in the right spot in the top drawers is to separate any medications with similar names so they are not next to each other in the drawers and eliminate any unnecessary confusion.  


Breakaway plastic locks on crash carts are another great safety feature that many carts have integrated to reduce any confusion about which supplies had been used. It is also very important to have qualified personnel regularly inspect the contents of crash carts and restock as needed after every use.  


Why are Crash Carts the perfect solution?  


When used effectively, crash carts are the perfect solution for medical emergencies. They are stocked with all of the supplies, equipment, and medications that may be needed to provide immediate care, and are labeled in a way that removes any confusion. Crash carts allow healthcare workers to not have to worry about having the right supplies, and to focus all of their energy on the patient that is in need of immediate attention. Crash carts are a staple in all healthcare facilities that may have to deal with emergency health situations, and they will remain so for the foreseeable future.  

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2020 Year in Review: Healthcare Foodservice

Healthcare Foodservice 2020 Year in Review

Here are the highlights of our healthcare foodservice blogs from this year.

In the face of a global pandemic, we saw healthcare systems pushed to their limits. As we adapted to this new environment in 2020, we saw a change in how healthcare foodservice is handled, from delivery to sanitation to everything in between. Not only were these new solutions designed to keep patients safe, but healthcare staff safe as well.

Here are the highlights of what we saw transpire in healthcare foodservice this year:

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2020 Year in Review: Senior Care Foodservice

Here are the highlights of our senior care foodservice blogs from this year.

Senior care facilities were put on high alert early on during the Coronavirus pandemic. With residents at a higher risk than most, it has been vital for senior care staff to continue to deliver necessary foodservice safely. Meal delivery during COVID-19 has never been as important, and with the right tools, it was being done in a safe, effective manner. The changes we saw over the course of 2020 will no doubt impact how senior care foodservice is handled as we embark on the new year.

Here are the biggest takeaways of the significant changes we witnessed in senior care foodservice in 2020.

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How Versatile Equipment Can Help Tackle COVID-19

Hospital Administrators are always looking for ways to save money, and one of the best ways to do so is to invest in versatile and durable products for daily use in their facilities. Lakeside manufactures a wide variety of essential healthcare equipment that is multi-functional and designed with durability at the top of mind. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even clearer how important it is to have equipment that is versatile, and Lakeside is able to ship these models out very quickly to allow your facility to adapt to the new challenges it may be faced with during this time of extra strain on the healthcare industry.

Here are some products that are sure to improve your hospital’s flexibility and be reliable for years to come.

Compact Preciso Medical Cart


The Compact Preciso Medical Cart is a lightweight and versatile multi-purpose medical cart with a small footprint which makes it super easy to maneuver, even in tight spaces. The flexible design of this model means that it can be used to transport all sorts of medical supplies including PPE or anything else that needs to be dispersed all throughout facilities. This cart also comes with a key locking system to secure valuables and other important supplies, as well as a molded ABS plastic top and base to ensure easy sanitization, another key factor in dealing with COVIDThe back and side walls of the Compact Preciso Medical Cart are reinforced with aluminum and polyethylene making it very durable, and the quiet 4” casters guarantee this product will be reliable for years.  

Key Features:

  • Easy to maneuver
  • Capable of transporting a wide variety of medical equipment
  • Locking system to secure valuables
  • Easy sanitization with ABS plastic top
  • Highly durable materials that increase lifetime of the cart
  • Comes in yellow, red, blue & white but white is sure to be a versatile look for long term use

Why is this a key COVID-19 product?

The Compact Preciso Medical Cart is highly versatile and flexible.  Not only will it greatly aid facilities in getting through COVID times, but will prove its value even beyond the pandemic era.

311 Utility Cart


The 311 Utility Cart is Lakeside’s very first and best-selling product. Facilities have relied on the 311 for over 70 years, and there’s a good reason why. This utility cart can be used for many different applications and transport anything from medical instruments, supplies, ventilators, scales, food and more. The all-welded stainless steel construction provides unmatched strength and durability with a 300 lb. capacity, ensuring that the 311 will be reliable for a long time. The protective bumpers on the legs and handles will make sure that your facility doesn’t sustain any damage while transporting supplies on the 3.5” all-swivel casters. The stainless steel construction also ensures quick and easy sanitization while the sound deadening panels prevent unwanted vibration and noise during transport.  

Key Features: 

  • All-welded Stainless Steel Construction
  • 300 lb. carrying capacity
  • Protective Bumpers
  • Capable of transporting a wide variety of medical supplies and equipment
  • Super durable design ensures reliability for years to come

Why is this a key COVID-19 product? 

The 311 Utility Cart is designed to be very versatile and it's stainless steel construction ensures easy sanitization and reliability during the pandemic and for a long time after we return to normal.

444 Utility Cart


The 444 Utility Cart is like the big brother to the 311, providing 500 lb. capacity with many of the same features that everyone loves. The 444 is also constructed with stainless steel; one of the strongest and  easiest materials to sanitize. The 5” all swivel, no-mark polyurethane casters make the utility cart very maneuverable for its size, providing easy transport of essential supplies, such as ventilators, around a facility. This utility cart is super versatile and can help a facility overcome many difficulties that have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic.

Key Features:

  • All-welded stainless steel construction
  • Capable of transporting a wide variety of medical equipment up to 500 lb. at a time
  • Super durable design ensures reliability for many years
  • Protective Bumpers
  • 5" all swivel, no-mark casters

Why is this a key COVID-19 product?

The 444 Utility Cart is extremely versatile and can transport all sorts of medical equipment on its sturdy 5" all swivel, no-mark casters. The 444 will prove it's worth with the extra challenges presented by COVID-19 and will become a reliable transport solution for facilities once they return to normal day-to-day operations.

356 Compact Utility Stand


This 300 lb. capacity utility stand is super multi-purpose and is used for many different application within a facility. The compact design makes the stand very easy to maneuver around a facility and deliver supplies that are needed in different areas. The 356 can also be set up in patient rooms or wherever extra storage space may be needed and the top of can function as an additional work surface improving its versatility. The stainless steel construction ensures great durability and the sturdy 3.5” all swivel casters allow for daily use with little to no signs of wear. If necessary, fitted locks are available for the drawer to provide a secure space to hold valuable supplies or other important items.

Key Features:

  • Stainless steel construction provides easy sanitization and durability
  • Compact design improves maneuverability
  • Adds both storage space and work surface
  • Locking system is available to secure valuables

Why is this a key COVID-19 product?

The 356 Utility Stand can add value in many different ways because of its great versatility. Its compact design provides facilities with the ability to utilize this product however they see fit, and allows them to maneuver it even in tight spaces. This product will come in very handy in facilities that have to be flexible in how they treat COVID-19 patients.

474 Utility Stand


The 474 is a larger version of the 356 Compact Utility Stand, with a 500 lb. capacity, two drawers, and double width. The stainless steel construction guarantees ultimate durability and makes the stand simple to clean after use. The 4” all swivel casters help make the larger stand maneuverable and easy to place in any location for short or long durations of time. The large top provides ample work surface area while the two drawers create lots of secure space to store valuable supplies. This utility stand is a versatile mobile solution creating additional storage and work space wherever a facility may need it.

Key Features:

  • 500 lb. carrying capacity allows for transport and storage of large quantities of equipment
  • Double width design provides ample work surface and storage space
  • Two drawers provide plenty of space to store valuables
  • Stainless Steel construction ensures easy sanitization and durability

Why is this a key COVID-19 product?

The 474 Utility Stand is a great solution for facilities that need extra storage and work surface space in rooms that have been redesigned to treat COVID-19 patients. The super durable stainless steel construction ensures simple sanitization procedures and that the 474 will be reliable for many years after the pandemic.

2523P Utility Cart


This 500 lb. capacity Plastic Utility Cart is super durable and able to transport supplies wherever they are needed. Its two-shelf deep well design ensures that your supplies will be secure and not fall out during transport. The shelves are precision molded from sturdy structural foam plastic to provide strength and dent resistance. This utility cart is built on top of rugged 8” pneumatic tires which allows you to maneuver through tough terrain, and within a facility. This model is an ideal solution for field hospitals or COVID tents as it is extremely durable and can transport essential supplies outside when you facility needs to. The 2523P is super reliable and its sturdy design with reinforced angle legs make it retain its quality over many years.

Key Features:

  • 500 lb. carrying capacity allows for transport and storage of large quantities of equipment
  • Deep well design ensures supplies won't fall out during transport
  • Precision molded structural foam plastic construction ensures reliability for years to come
  • Rugged 8" pneumatic tires ensure that this cart can transport supplies anywhere they are needed inside or outside

Why is this a key COVID-19 product?

The 2523P Utility Cart is the perfect solution for facilities that have set up COVID tents or field hospitals and need to transport medical supplies over uneven terrain. The durable design also provides dent-resistance and ensures that your facility can rely on this product for years to come.

COVID-19 has changed the way we look at the healthcare industry and has challenged the status quo in many ways. With hospitals having to adapt to new challenges from a pandemic, their equipment and methods have to change as well. Having versatile equipment is extremely advantageous for hospitals that are fighting against the pandemic and operating in ways they didn’t originally plan on. Equipment like medical carts and utility stands greatly improve a facility’s ability to change their layout to better protect patients, and to deliver essential supplies such as PPE all around the facility, or even to outside locations like COVID tents. Hospitals must be able to be flexible amidst the pandemic, and Lakeside manufactures tons of versatile medical equipment that can be shipped rapidly to help our healthcare facilities take on COVID, and provide patients the care that they need.


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