Vending Solutions in Public Premises

If you happened to walk by a vending machine in a public place, you probably wouldn’t bat an eye. However, if you took a closer look inside the contents of THESE University and Public vending machines, you just may stop for a closer look. Make no mistake: vending machines house a lot more than just soft drinks and potato chips these days, as these particular solutions go a long way towards proving.

  1. Shippensburg University

Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania recently made headlines when it outfitted its campus with a vending machine stocked entirely with health-related items. Located within the campus’ student health center, the machine caused a great deal of controversy when the university announced it would offer Plan B, also commonly referred to as “the morning-after pill.”

  1. Sacramento California

Nothing is worse than needing a roll of duct tape and not having it, but thanks to one dedicated vending machine manufacturer employees of many Sacramento government agencies will never have to worry about this again. Many vending machines have been deployed throughout the area that are stocked with industrial equipment like duct tape, rubber gloves and more.

  1. The University of Florida

Students at the University of Florida will never find themselves without a notebook, pencil or other important item in the near future. The University of Florida recently installed office vending machine options in their libraries that sell school supplies like note cards, blue books, pens, pencils and beyond.

Benefits of Vending Machines for Hospitals

ScrubTrak Scrub Dispensing for hospitals

The key takeaway from these vending machines is that the machines themselves can be highly customized to fit the environment they’re placed in. Take a scrub vending machine, for example. ScrubTrak is one such option that not only allows medical professionals quick access to scrubs and other important items they need to do their jobs, but it also offers an unparalleled level of functionality to businesses. ScrubTrak allows a vending machine to be stocked with multiple sizes of items, can track both purchase and returns for detailed reporting, offers insight into buying patterns to be used for more informed purchasing decisions in the future.

Benefits of Vending Machines for Office Employees and Management

 

ivendtech office supply and it vending machine

These benefits don’t just stop at universities and hospitals, however – thanks to companies like iVendTech, office and IT employees can also get in on the action. iVendTech offers a wide range of office vending machine solutions designed to make sure employees always have access to the important office supplies they need when they need them the most. These machines also come with will-call lockers, real-time reporting, advanced inventory management and control capabilities and more.

One thing is for sure – the days of vending machines being “just” a way to get a quick snack in during the day are long gone. With vending machines offering an incredible level of customization based on the environment they find themselves in, they’re taking a bold step in the direction of becoming an integral fixture in all of our lives once again.

For hospital and medical facility managers, we highly recommend that you check out the ScrubTrak site and features.

For office supplies and IT management we highly recommend that you check out the iVendTech site and features.

Hospital Scrubs in Public? What Are Your Thoughts?

ScrubTrak - Scrub DispenserHave you ever found yourself walking down the street or on the train during the morning commute and next to you is someone wearing a classic pair of hospital scrubs? What you’re seeing may be a bit more than just someone on their way to or from work – you may be looking at someone exposing everyone around them to danger, depending on the situation.

According to a recent report out of Tampa Bay, Florida, many local hospitals in the area were found to either have poor enforcement or no enforcement whatsoever regarding how often healthcare professionals need to clean their scrubs, change their scrubs and whether they’re allowed to be worn in the first place outside of the hospital environment.

The Dangers of Scrubs in Public

When it comes to things like germ and pathogen transfer, scrubs in public represent something of a two way street. In certain situations, a person who wears a pair of scrubs in an operating room or other emergency room environment could take pathogens from that location out into the world with them if they wear their scrubs when they leave the building. While it is unlikely that a doctor would go fresh from the operating room down the street to lunch without changing, it is still a very real concern.

However, it is not the biggest issue that this situation poses. A person who is allowed to wear their scrubs out in public could potentially bring outside contaminants INTO a highly sensitive medical environment, thus posing a risk to patients, other medical professionals and more. This is a large part of the reason why it is recommended that hospitals and other healthcare facilities institute a policy regarding where scrubs should and should not be worn and how often they need to be cleaned moving forward.

The Benefits of a Scrub Dispenser

ScrubTrak - Dispensing Scrubs ScrubTrak, a scrub dispenser from Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, is a piece of equipment that is designed to help relieve exactly these types of problems in the most innovative ways possible. Scrubs are dispensed from a vending machine, similar to the way you might pick up a candy bar or a cold snack on your lunch break. Not only can healthcare professionals keep a clean pair of scrubs within arm’s reach at all times, but the machine itself is also tied directly to both the healthcare facility’s inventory and to a user ID and other identifying account information. Administrators can keep track of how scrubs are being used, how long they’re being used and more – all from one innovative solution.

Wearing scrubs out in public could pose a danger to everyone who comes into contact with such a person, which is why innovative solutions like the medical scrub dispenser are so important in the first place. They’re using the latest that technology has to offer to make the world a safer, healthier place for everyone involved.

IDS Medical Vending Machines Will Shine During 2015 FDIC International Conference

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April 20-25, 2015, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions will place one of their newest creations on display to firefighters and EMS personnel during the FDIC International Conference. For ages, first responders and medical staff have faced a common problem in the course of duty; how to properly store and secure supplies, especially supplies classified as controlled substances by the FDA. Furthermore, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions will launch ScrubTrak medical vending machines for greater control and accessibility to scrubs throughout a variety of medical settings.

ScrubTrak

healthcare vending machineIn most medical settings, all staff have access to scrub supply rooms, which results in many pairs of scrubs being taken, used, or even thrown away without accountability. ScrubTrak enables managers to control which employees have access to scrubs, how many pairs may be checked out at one time, and the current inventory of the EMS vending machine.

ScrubTrak Knows Who Gets Scrubs

ScrubTrak can be set to identify who accesses the machine through the use of personalized pin codes, mag stripes, or a unique barcode.

Multiple Locations

In traditional scrub storage locations, staff would be faced with ensuring enough scrubs are in stock with respect to sizes, styles, and staffing needs. In addition, most facilities keep scrubs in one central location for each unit. ScrubTrak allows managers to use multiple machines and control inventory from one central location without the need to physically count numbers of scrubs each day. The data for inventory control is kept in a central, cloud-based operating system as well.

Inventory Control

ScrubTrak functions as a specialized form of inventory control as well. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions notes that this vending machine can be customized to keep track of all inventories and applies to the following situations in addition to ScrubTrak software.

Controlled Medications

Managers must keep track of current inventory of controlled medications within medical facilities.  However, this often involves multiple staff used to count medication numbers multiple times throughout the day. Furthermore, a low supply can result in many patients being in pain or unable to be cared for properly.  In some cases, such as different level staff, staff may be granted access to certain medications while others are not. For example, a Licensed Practical Nurse will be unable to access medications required to be dispensed by a Registered Nurse.

Medical Supplies

Aside from medications, the use of medical supplies represents one of the greatest costs medical facilities incur throughout the course of business. According to Health Services Research, supplies and devices accounted for 24.2% of costs resulting increased average cost of medical services. This occurs when staff do not properly document supplies used for patients. As a result, the medical facility tries to make up for these costs through increased costs. Our systems track what was removed and which staff member removed supplies. Furthermore, it can be programmed to track which patient each supply is for.

As Intelligent Dispensing Solutions moves forward with greater inventory control through the use of medical vending machines, more medical facilities will face the challenge of ensuring optimum operational efficiency. Ultimately, managers and supervisory staff will have the chance to see first-hand how IDS vending machines will save them time and money at the FDIC International Conference this month.

IDS Will Attend The 2015 CleanShow | ScrubTrak

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IDS has recently announced that it will be attending the 2015 CleanShow event, taking place from April 16 to April 19, to exhibit its new ScrubTrak line of medical vending machines. The ScrubTrak is powered by a state of the art inventory control software that is designed to put managers back in control of the disbursement of necessary resources across a medical facility.

CleanShow 2015 is taking place at the beautiful Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show has recently expanded its format to allow for additional days over previous years, which was a move made in part to give people in attendance more time to take in new exhibits, attend educational sessions and network with other people in the industry that they work in. The ScrubTrak scrubs vending machine is just one of the many technological advancements that will be on display all throughout the show.

CleanShow 2015 is an event designed for people in the laundering, dry cleaning and textile services industry. People come from all over the country to take in live demonstrations, educational sessions and engage in bold networking opportunities that they are unlikely to find anywhere else. During the 2013 show alone, 422 different companies traveled to New Orleans and utilized almost 200,000 square feet of booth space to show off their latest innovations to the industry.

ids scrubtrak medical scrubs vending machineIDS’ ScrubTrak machines have a large range of technological advancements that can’t be ignored. They operating system that powers these machines is cloud-based, for example, meaning that they are always connected to an active Internet connection at all times. This means that all ScrubTrak machines that are in use by the same company are always connected to one another and sharing information, regardless of where in a building they’re located or if they’re spread across multiple facilities.

Each time scrubs are dispensed or returned to the machine, its operating system is updated to reflect this information. A camera can be added onto the unit to record video of each transaction, making sure both that only authorized individuals are using the machine and to help track down lost resources whenever possible.

The same easy to use, sleek graphical user interface also allows facility managers to manage “pick lists” for warehouse distribution, employ dynamic routing to get scrubs where they’re needed the most and more. All of this comes in a machine with a relatively small footprint, allowing ScrubTrak to fit in effortlessly in any sized facility. IDS will be giving live demonstrations of the latest models at the show for all four days.