Customer: Rush University Medical Center
Cart Purpose: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Cart
Mobile storage platform that securely stores evidence collection kits, mobile camera and related supplies. The “Chain of custody” must be maintained such that once evidence is collected, only authorized clinical staff or law enforcement have access to the sealed kits. The hospital also wanted to eliminate the central storage locker for these supplies as it was inefficient for staff to have to fetch the necessary items to conduct an exam.
Waterloo worked with hospital staff to develop a cart that met the above needs. First we determined the proper drawer configuration to house the needed supplies. Next we developed a locking solution that secured cart contents; allowed for audit trails to track access and provided tamper evidence to alert staff if a cart has been unlocked. Tamper evidence was achieved through a 12” gatelock with breakaway tabs secured to cover the top three drawers of the cart.
A major benefit is that now all SANE supplies can be brought directly into the patient room and clinical staff do not have to make several trips in and out of the room. Additionally, once evidence is collected it is immediately secured in the bottom drawer in the presence of the patient. This maintains the “Chain of custody” which is a primary goal of this unique solution!