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Introducing ClioAir - Altus' Lightest Cart On The Market

By The Altus Team
Published Nov 23, 2020 | Updated Feb 16, 2022 | 7 min read

At Altus, innovation is in our DNA. We are always seeking ways to deliver high-quality products that meet the dynamic needs of the healthcare industry. Today, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new product, ClioAir. Let’s learn a little bit more about what makes this product special and why every nurse will want one on their floor.

ClioAir, Our Lightest Product To Date.

ClioAir combines the intuitive, efficient, and ergonomic features of our original Clio powered cart with an even lighter design. The Clio cart was already one of the lightest powered carts on the market, and we’ve made it even lighter.

Compared to the Clio, the ClioAir is,

  • 20% lighter in weight
  • 3 times easier to push

With this sleek cart, we’ve added greater functionality to the monitor arm, which significantly improves the ability to adjust monitors, enhancing both the nurse and patient experience. The monitor arm is equipped with multiple settings, making it highly compatible with any monitor 5lbs to 20 lbs.

Why is this product a necessary addition to the market? It equips nurses with the ergonomic resource to be able to perform their tasks in a simpler, more efficient, and safer manner.

Why Nurses Need Lightweight Carts.

Our goal with ClioAir was to take our ergonomic commitment to the next level. The intentional light-weight design is critical to nurses’ daily workflow by optimizing the overall function of the cart itself.

At Altus, we seek to infuse ergonomic considerations into every product we design. For medical carts, that includes everything from adjustability to standing options to wheel design to space considerations to the overall user experience like keyboard configuration, mouse platform, monitor support, accessible accessories, and more. To learn more about ergonomics and technology, read our ebook.

Proper ergonomics is all about creating a healthy and safe work environment. Products with ergonomics in mind help decrease fatigue and stress while also working to prevent occupational injuries.

How lightweight, ergonomic carts can help prevent injuries.

Nursing is a demanding profession, both on the mind and the body. During a regular 12 hour shift, nurses are projected to walk at least 4-5 miles. Pushing a medical cart with medication, supplies, technology, documents, batteries, and other loads that entire time presents an even bigger challenge.

The Oregon Nurses Association found that the cumulative weight a nurse or caretaker will handle in an 8 hour-shift totals 1.8 tons—that would be like lifting a full-grown walrus every shift!

That added weight can move beyond an annoyance to a major health concern. Nurses are susceptible to several occupational injuries like carpal tunnel, tendonitis, tension neck syndrome, and other musculoskeletal disorders.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that nursing and residential care accounted for the highest reported rates of workplace injuries. Given the prevalence of these injuries, it only makes sense to implement a system and set of equipment that can actively decrease those injuries. It’s not only a priority for building a safe work environment but also a productive and efficient one.

Medical equipment with intentional ergonomic functions can help decrease and even prevent these costly and dangerous injuries. Facilities that implemented ergonomic programs were likely to see a 21% decrease in time lost due to occupational injuries.

Light-weight medical carts can also improve efficiency and decrease fatigue, which directly impacts the patient-care experience. When you have a cart that reduces awkward positions and smooths the process, you lessen the time it takes to complete a task, yielding direct results on workflow. It’s estimated that an ergonomic work environment can boost productivity by 11%.

Altus designs equipment with clinicians in mind.

We seek to optimize healthcare delivery in an efficient, seamless, and ergonomic manner. One central way we do that is by designing and implementing thoughtful workstations with nurses’ needs in mind. The ClioAir is just another result of our commitment to creating high-quality products that improve the clinician experience.

Each aspect of our medical carts supports clinicians from smooth-rolling casters to accessible bins without bending, to the cart adjustability, to the lightweight design. By decreasing the overall cart weight, it reduces the strain incurred each shift and subsequently the chance for injury.

We will always work tirelessly to help you create a safe and healthy work environment, and ClioAir can make a significant splash in that arena. Ready to see if the ClioAir is a good fit for your space? At Altus, we provide a free 30-day sample evaluation so you can test the product in your space before committing. Learn more about our free trial today.

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